Opera Orchestra of New York (remember them?) will present Gaetano Donizetti’s Parisina D’este conducted by the company’s Founder & Music Director Laureate Eve Queler on May 4, 2016 at at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall. Soprano Angela Meade takes the title role in a cast that also features American tenor Aaron Blake, Chinese baritone Yunpeng Wang, Serbian bass Sava Vemic and American soprano Mia Pafumi. (Photo: Dario Acosta)
Continuing in its long and proud tradition of mystery and intrigue, Maestro Eve Queler‘s Opera Orchestra of New York has announced a concert or some other sort of music-related event for May 4, 2016. Read more »
Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea) is opera on the grand scale with mellifluous arias and breathtaking duets that tell a tale of ancient Roman political machinations, adultery, and murder in which there is no true protagonist. This stunningly expressive music is performed by an all-star cast. Soprano Miah Persson, praised by The New York Times for her “sumptuous sound and elegant lyricism,” is joined by singers who have all won worldwide critical acclaim for their mastery of this beautiful repertoire. The Guardian wrote that “there are few performers better-versed in the music of Claudio Monteverdi than Rinaldo Alessandrini and the ensemble he founded 30 years ago, Concerto Italiano.” Alessandrini and company anchor a performance that promises to be one of the season’s most thrilling nights of opera.
A faithful parterrian sends a copy of a fundraising letter from Opera Orchestra of New York, the gist of which is “remember all the cool stuff we did in the 1980s? Well, send us money and maybe we’ll do another opera sometime.” Read more »
“At Carnegie Hall last Thursday, a capacity crowd witnessed what might be the final official act of a monarch who has reigned for more than four decades.”
Even before Italian diva Mariella Devia had completed the stunning high D natural that capped her miraculous portrayal of Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux Thursday evening at Carnegie Hall, tens, then hundreds of those in attendance leapt to their feet to shout their acclaim.
American soprano Aprile Millo rehearses for her role debut as Clara in Porgy and Bess with Opera Orchestra of New York.
Either tonight’s concert performance of I Lombardi by Opera Orchestra of New York was a “star is born” moment for Michael Fabiano, or else there is no such thing as a “star is born” moment any more.
One quick way to warm up: Watching tenor heartthrob Roberto Alagna.