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Monday
Aug072017

Arizona Opera announces 2017-2018 Season

Twenty years ago, Arizona Opera riveted our state with its acclaimed production of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle. In celebration of this special anniversary, we conclude our 2017/18 Season with the first chapter of this masterwork inspired by Norse mythology, Das Rheingold. When the dwarf Alberich steals the magical gold of the Rhinemaidens, he unleashes a power struggle with Wotan, ruler of the gods, that will shake the very foundations of the world. Driven by dark, powerful melodies and motifs, Das Rheingold brings the gods to life in this electrifying production, featuring the Arizona Opera Orchestra on stage, with stunning scenic projections designed by Brian Staufenbiel. 

Find out more information here!

Wednesday
Sep142016

Much Gratitude

Over the weekend, I had the honor of singing the Mozart Requiem at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans, LA. The musicians were from Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, chorus members from both BRSO and LPO, and other singers in the area. I am happy to annouce that we have raised close to $10,000.00 for Baton Rouge Symphony Musican Relief Fund. It was a beautiful night making glorious music for a much needed cause. If anyone would still like to donate, you can send a check to Baton Rouge Symphony with the memo: Musican Relief Fund. 100% of donations will go strickly to the relief fund.

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

7330 Highland Road

Baton Rouge, LA 70808


Thursday
Sep012016

Mozart Requiem

A Benefit Concert For Baton Rouge Flood Victims

A combination of musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestras Louisiana Philharmonic and Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestras, with a chorus of singers from the New Orleans and Baton Rouge regions, vocal soloists Amy Pfrimmer, Daveda Karanas, Tyler Smith, Terrance Brown, and conductor Paul Mauffray - present this Benefit Concert for Baton Rouge Flood Victims, with a performance of the Mozart Requiem at Trinity Episcopal Church.

General admission is by donation, and your tax deductible donation checks can be made to the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra (with "Musician Relief Fund" in the memo line). Many of the BRSO musicians and chorus members have faced significant losses in the recent flood including their homes, cars, instruments, and some affiliated with the orchestra have lost nearly everything.

We in New Orleans can relate first-hand to these experiences, and many of us have faced similar circumstances related to Hurricane Katrina. In a show of solidarity and empathy we reach out to our colleagues with this performance of the Mozart Requiem. This is a moment for our community of musicians to acknowledge the transient nature of life and to mourn the loss of our neighbors.

Instrumentalists as well as singers from the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be joining musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic to perform this famous Requiem which is the final work Mozart was attempting to complete at the time of his early death.

A few quotes from the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra about their situation:

"One of our violinists, a recent graduate of LSU School of Music, lost his vehicle to the flood while he was performing out of the country."

"One of our flutists had her flute submerged in the flooding of Runnels School (A private school that suffered a catastrophic level of flooding) and also suffered personal losses at her home."

The above photo is of a Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra bass player evacuating his home with his instrument.

Mozart Requiem - a Benefit Concert for Baton Rouge Flood Victims
Sunday, September 11, 7:30 pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

 

Monday
Aug312015

Florida Grand Opera Announces Casting for 2015-16 Season

 MIAMI, FL, May 24, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Florida Grand Opera (FGO) with its new artistic vision, is proud to announce casting for the four productions of its 2015-16 Season, which include Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Vincenzo Bellini's Norma, Mieczysaw Weinberg's The Passenger (Passazhirka), and Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale.

"If there was ever a season to look forward to, this would be it! This season speaks to the diversity of our community while bringing some of the most spectacular productions to South Florida" says Susan T. Danis, General Director and CEO of Florida Grand Opera.

"In addition, we are absolutely thrilled to have so many wonderful artists making their FGO debut during this anniversary year," she continues. "FGO has a long history of debuting world-class talent, with Luciano Pavarotti having made his American debut in 1967, and we are excited to continue this tradition throughout our 75th year."

The casting for each production are detailed below. Please note that most artists' names have been hyperlinked to their professional websites, which will provide biographical information and additional resources.

FGO is currently accepting subscription renewals and new subscriptions online or at FGO's Box Office. FGO's Box Office is located at the Doral Center on 8390 NW 25 Street, Miami, FL 33122, and is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday during the season. Subscriptions may also be purchased by phone at (800) 741-1010.

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The Passenger (Passazhirka)
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As one of only five communities in the United States with the opportunity to experience this piece, Florida Grand Opera is honored to present Weinberg's The Passenger as the third installment of the company's "Made for Miami" series.

"I believe with absolute certainty that this will be the artistic highlight of 2016 in Miami," says Danis. "In addition, having chosen nearly a full roster of artists who have performed these roles before in Houston, Chicago, or Detroit, these singers are sure to give moving, unforgettable performances."

The horrors of World War II, still raw today, were fresh in 1959 when Auschwitz survivor Zofia Posmysz wrote a play titled The Passenger from Cabin 45 for Polish radio. The play became the basis of the opera by Mieczysław Weinberg in 1967. The action of the drama takes us from the stylish gentility of a luxury liner's deck to the squalor of a death camp, where cruelty, despair, and unspeakable courage are evident in equal measure.

En route to a new post with her husband, a German diplomat, Lisa is unnerved by the sight of a woman--another passenger--who eerily resembles Marta, one of the inmates Lisa oversaw when she was a prison guard at Auschwitz. The opera moves back and forth in time, alternating the experience of her tortured present, as she struggles to explain her past to her horrified husband, with flashbacks of life at Auschwitz and her manipulative interactions with Marta.

Suppressed for more than 40 years, Weinberg's gripping opera has emerged anew, electrifying audiences at Austria's Bregenz Festival and again in Houston, New York, Chicago, Detroit, and London. Unique to this production is that it is a polyglot, meaning it is performed in multiple languages, including German, English, Polish, Yiddish, French, Russian, and Czech. This South Florida premiere will be one of the most important musical events of the year.

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SCHEDULE | The Passenger
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**Sung without amplification in multiple languages with projected translations in English and Spanish**

MIAMI  ◙  Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County / Ziff Ballet Opera House
April 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 2016

CAST | The Passenger
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MARTA
Adrienn Miksch
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LISA
Daveda Karanas
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WALTER
David Danholt
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KATJA
Anna Gorbachyova
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BRONKA
Kathryn Day
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TADEUSZ
John Moore
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YVETTE
Elena Galván
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KRYSTINA
Eliza Bonet
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VLASTA
Hilary Ginther
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HANNAH
Agnieszka Rehlis
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SS MAN 1
Alex Soare
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OLD WOMAN
Robynne Redmon
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OLDER PASSENGER/STEWARD
Tony Dillon
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KAPO/OVERSEER
Geraldine Dulex
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CONDUCTOR
STEVEN MERCURIO
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DIRECTOR
David Pountney
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ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Rob Kearley
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PRODUCTION
Bregenz Festival
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Monday
Aug312015

New Season, new adventure for Michigan Opera Theatre

Michigan Opera Theatre opens and closes its 2015-16 season with two of the most popular works in the repertoire — Puccini's "La Boheme" and Mozart's "The Magic Flute."

In between, however, the schedule announced today includes three works that add up to one of the more adventurous MOT seasons in memory: Mieczyslaw Weinberg's "The Passenger," Aaron Copland's "The Tender Land" and Giuseppi Verdi's "Macbeth."

"The Passenger" and "Macbeth" are MOT premieres, and "The Tender Land" was never performed in Detroit, though MOT did produce the work for a statewide tour in 1979.

Most notable will be the appearance of "The Passenger," (1968), a Holocaust story of devastating emotional impact set by a composer of Polish-Jewish descent who lived in Russia. The opera was suppressed by Soviet authorities, and a fully staged production was not seen until 2010 at the Bregenz Festival in Austria. Detroit will only be the fourth city in the United States to stage the work, after Houston, New York and Chicago.

"I just felt it was so important to not only commemorate the Holocaust but also to remind people that even with these horrors we as a civilization haven't necessarily learned a lot," said MOT artistic director David DiChiera.

Based on a novel by Zofia Posmysz, the opera tells the story of a German woman, Liese, traveling by ship to Brazil in the 1960s with her husband. She sees a woman she think she recognizes as former prisoner at Auschwitz, where Liese worked as a guard. Liese's husband does not know about her past.

The opera unfolds on a two-level set, The present day is represented on top and the death camp scenes play out on the bottom. Weinberg's music shifts character between these different points-of-view. Weinberg (1919-96) writes in a personal, folk-inflected language that can sound yearning and prayerful or brutal and bleak in a manner similar to Dmitri Shostakovich.

MOT will stage the original Bregenz production with singing in multiple languages (German, Polish, Russian) with English surtitles. Singers include Daveda Karanas as Liese, Adrienn Miksch as Marta and David Danholt as Walter. Steven Mercurio conducts.

All of the operas will be staged be at the Detroit Opera House next season except for "The Tender Land" 1952-55), which will be performed in community venues to be named later. The opera tells the story of a farming family in the Midwest during the Depression.

MOT has had great success in the current season with its first major local foray outside of the Detroit Opera House since the building opened 20 years ago. This month's production of "Frida" has sold out, opening at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts two weeks ago and upcoming performances scheduled at the Berman Center in West Bloomfield and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Contact Mark Stryker: 313-222-6459. mstryker@freepress.com

2015-16 MOT Opera Season

Performances at Detroit Opera House unless noted. Subscriptions: $87-$447, four operas; "The Tender Land" will be an add-on option. Single tickets, $29-$160, on sale Aug. 15.

Puccini's "La Boheme." Oct. 17, 21-24-25

Featuring Nicole Cabell as Mimi, Sean Panikkar as Rodolfo, Rodion Pogossov as Marcello, Marina Costa Jackson as Musetta. Leonardo Vordoni conducts.

Weinberg's "The Passenger." Nov. 14, 18, 21-22

Featuring Adrienn Miksch as Marta, Daveda Karanas as Liese, David Danholt as Walter, Anna Gorbachyova as Katya. Steven Mercurio conducts; original stage direction by David Pountney in a production from the Bregenz Festival.

Verdi's "Macbeth." April 17, 20, 23-24, 2016

Featuring Steven Powell as Macbeth, Csilla Boross as Lady Macbeth, Leonardo Capalbo as Macduff, Burak Bilgili as Banquo. Valerio Galli conducts and Bernard Uzan directs.

Mozart's "The Magic Flute." May 14, 18, 21-22, 2016

Cast and other details to be announced.

Copland's "The Tender Land"

Dates, cast, venues to be announced.

2015-16 MOT Dance Season

Performances at Detroit Opera House. Subscriptions: $59-$230. Single tickets: $29-$160.

BalletMet Columbus: Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker." Nov. 27-Dec. 7 (eight performances)

Eisenhower Dance 25th Anniversary: Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" and more. Jan. 23, 2016

Dance Theatre of Harlem. Feb. 12-14, 2016 (three performances)

American Ballet Theatre: Tchaikovsky's "The Sleeping Beauty." March 31-April 3, 2016. (New production, presented in collaboration with University Musical Society of Ann Arbor.)