CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA: Starring as Olga in Eugene Onegin with the renowned Spoleto Festival USA
Conducted by Evan Rogister
Directed by Chen Shi-Zheng
Tchaikovsky’s full range of emotions is on display in Eugene Onegin—his grand opera based on Pushkin’s classic novel in verse. Russia’s wintery beauty—expressed in both simple country life and the glittering aristocracy of St. Petersburg—is the backdrop for this story about the tragedy of first love. Directed by Festival-favorite Chen Shi-Zheng (Matsukaze, 2013; Monkey: Journey to the West, 2008; The Peony Pavilion, 2004, among others), this work indulges Tchaikovsky’s soaring lyricism in Tatyana’s “letter aria” as well as the familiar elegance of his dance music in the ballroom waltz. Celebrated soprano Natalia Pavlova portrays Tatyana, whose transition from a naive girl to a complex woman has given this work a reputation for the most sophisticated character development in opera. Cast as Onegin, baritone Franco Pomponi employs his dramatic intensity and virility to portray the cold nobleman.
Sung in Russian with English supertitles.
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, USA: Performing with the Spokane Symphony Chorale, the Gonzaga University Chamber Chorus, and the Eastern Washington University Choir
Conducted by Eckart Preu
The human voice is perhaps the most powerful of all instruments, expressing the deepest passions, joys and sorrows of our souls. Verdi applied opera technique to the sacred text, filling it with soaring melodies, lush orchestration and music that perfectly conveys the text's dramatic intensity. The result is his greatest choral piece and an icon of Western music.
Conducted by Kelly Kuo
Directed by Ron Daniels
Music by Daniel Schnyder
Libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberly
In that empty twilight between life and death, tortured jazzman Charlie Parker composes his final masterpiece, revisiting the inspirations, demons, and women who fueled his creative genius. This freeform expedition into the mind, heart, and personal purgatory of the bebop great stars Lawrence Brownlee as the legendary saxophonist — a role crafted around the effortless, improvisational style that makes him one of music’s most sought-after tenors. Set in the famed NYC jazz club Birdland, the opera is as uncompromising in its artistic vision as the “Yardbird” himself.
MADISON, WISCONSIN, USA: Debut with Madison Opera
Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Ron Daniels
Music by Daniel Schnyder
Libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberly
New York City, 1955. As his body lies unclaimed in the morgue, saxophone great Charlie Parker returns in spirit to the jazz club Birdland, determined to compose a final masterpiece. Family and friends blend in and out of his memories in an acclaimed new opera that tells of his tortured, brilliant life “with a pulsing, jazz-infused score” (The New York Times). Charlie Parker’s Yardbird was widely praised following its 2015 premiere. The Wall Street Journal said, “its rhythms snap and swing, its melodies – including real arias – seize the ear, its ensembles crackle with energy.”
Madison Opera will be only the second company to perform this theatrical tour de force that melds jazz and opera – don’t miss it!
BOISE, IDAHO, USA: The Boise Philharmonic featuring Soloists and the Boise Master Chorale
Handel's Messiah has been described by the early-music scholar Richard Luckett as "a commentary on Jesus Christ's Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension", beginning with God's promises as spoken by the prophets and ending with Christ's glorification in heaven. In contrast with most of Handel's oratorios, the singers in Messiah do not assume dramatic roles; there is no single, dominant narrative voice; and very little use is made of quoted speech. In his libretto, his intention was not to dramatize the life and teachings of Jesus, but to acclaim the "Mystery of Godliness", using a compilation of extracts from the King James Version of the Bible, and from the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer.
ITALY : An opera in three acts performed with the orchestra and chorus of Theatre Bellini.
Directed by Niksa Bareza
La leggenda di Sakùntala (titled Sakùntala in its revised version) is a three-act opera by Franco Alfano, who wrote his own libretto, basing his work on Kalidasa's 5th-century BC drama Abhijñānaśākuntalam, a very well-known Sanskrit Play. The play dramatizes the story of Shakuntala told in the epic Mahabharata, and is considered to be the best of Kālidāsa's works. Its date is uncertain, but Kālidāsa is often placed in the period between the 1st century BCE and 4th century CE.
It was first performed at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna on 10 December 1921. The full score and orchestral materials were believed to have been destroyed when an allied bomb damaged the archives of Alfano's publisher Ricordi during World War II, so Alfano reconstructed the opera and it was performed at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome on 5 January 1952 with the shortened title of Sakùntala. During preparations for a revival in Rome in April 2006, a copy of the original 1921 score was discovered in the Ricordi archives, and the opera was performed for the first time in its original form in modern times under its original name, La leggenda di Sakùntala. Critically regarded as Alfano's best work, the opera was performed seven times for Italian radio between its premiere and 1979. The opera was also revived at the Wexford Opera Festival in 1982, and will be performed in concert on November 19, 2013 by Teatro Grattacielo, in New York.
NEW YORK CITY, USA : The National Chorale & National Chorale Orchestra
Everett McCorvey, Artistic Director
Join the National Chorale and the National Chorale Orchestra, Everett McCorvey, Artistic Director, for a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem – the drama of opera and the thrill of wonderful symphonic writing combined with stellar, virtuosic solo moments. The Requiem is one of the most popular works of the choral/orchestral repertory. It’s claim as “the” choral work of the latter 19th century is deservedly strong. Verdi lavished great care on the writing and performance of the Requiem. Solo passages were written for soloists with long ranges and the power to sustain his vocal lines. Verdi completed the work in 1874, with its first performance in Milan. The first New York performance was in 1874 at the New York City Academy of Music.
NEW YORK CITY, USA: New England Symphonic Ensemble
Conducted by Giselle Elgarresta Rios
"Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) set the Gloria text a number of times. A catalogue of his works lists three separate pieces, one of which is now lost. Vivaldi almost certainly composed this Gloria (and the others) for the girls at Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children in Venice in the early 18th century. Rediscovered in late 1920’s, this work has become the most popular of Vivaldi’s vocal works and is part of the standard oratorio repertoire."
- S. Skye Donald
NEW YORK CITY, USA: Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International present Music of Joy and Sorrow
Maestro Vance George
This Presidents Day, DCINY presents music by Welsh composer Paul Mealor FRSA, Joseph Martin, and Mozart. DCINY Guest Conductor Dr. James Jordan leads the Distinguished Concerts Singers and Orchestra in the world premiere of Mealor’sJubilate Deo, as well as his Stabat Mater. Joseph Martinconducts works from his own expansive repertoire, and maestroVance George closes the concert with a performance of Mozart’s Requiem.
NEW YORK CITY, USA : The New England Symphonic Ensemble and choruses perform at Carnegie Hall.
Conducted by Brian J. Bacon Jr.
ZIMBABWE : Krysty Swann will be a featured soloist in two esteemed concerts at this internationally renowned festival.
Conducted by Gerald Steichen
PRESENTED BY CABS
Our annual night of musical magic under the stars features favourite arias and ensembles from many of the world's most loved operas. Romance, drama, death and transformation all find a place in opera, a truly universal expression of profound human emotion. Performing will be international opera stars, bringing the greatest operatic heroes and heroines to life. The Zimspiration choir, trained by Kundisai Mtero, will join the soloists in well-known choruses. The Gala will be accompanied by musicians performing in the KPMG Classical Music Programme led by the dazzlingly talented American pianist, conductor and Musical Director, Gerald Steichen.
PRESENTED AS PART OF THE KPMG CLASSICAL MUSIC PROGRAMME
Our visiting opera singers perform a deeply moving recital of musical theatre pieces, art songs and American spirituals. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear these exceptional artists a second time in the more intimate setting of the NMB Bank Recital Room. Pianist and conductor Gerald Steichen will direct the concert.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA : Atlanta Opera, Orchestra, and chorus performs in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Conducted by Joseph Rescigno
The Atlanta Opera celebrates its 35th year of live productions with Giuseppe Verdi's tragic masterpiece, Rigoletto. This new, visually stimulating production is a co-production of Boston Lyric Opera, The Atlanta Opera, and Opera Omaha and was originally directed by The Atlanta Opera's General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun. Not seen on The Atlanta Opera stage since 2000, Rigoletto will be presented on February 28 and March 3, 6 and 8 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The Boston Globe hailed the production as "delivering the kind of energetic performance... that had audiences rising swiftly to its feet." Opera News, reviewing the Omaha mounting, said the production "let loose with vibrant, contrasting visual and musical colors."
New York City, USA : Distinguished Concerts Singers International presents this exciting world premier at Carnegie Hall.
Conducted by Pablo Di Mario
DCINY presents an international evening of world music and entertainment suitable for all ages. In the spirit of peace, acceptance, and inclusion for this Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, the program includes the New York premiere of Argentinian composer Martin Palmeri’s Misa A Buenos Aires (Misatango), conducted by Pablo Di Mario with the Distinguished Concerts Singers International.
BRANFORD, CONNECTICUT, USA : Branford Messiah performs its 27th season of Handel's Messiah with resident chorus and chamber orchestra.
Conducted by Roy Wiseman
In many of Handel’s oratorios the choruses are overshadowed by the intricate and extensive solo parts. But in Messiah, says Laurence Cummings, director of the London Handel Orchestra, “the chorus propels the work forward with great emotional impact and uplifting messages.” (Smithsonian.com). With these choruses, alternating with beautiful solos and outstanding orchestral accompaniment the host Churches on the Shoreline have been filled to capacity for 25 years and for many this performance rings in the holiday season. It is because of the generosity of local businesses and individuals that this program has been sustained since its inception in 1987.
SOUTH AFRICA : KZN Philharmonic Orchestra presents Krysty Swann as their featured soloist in Durban.
Excerpts from: George Bizet’s Carmen, Jules Massenet’s Werther, Giuseppe Verdi’s La forza del destino and Don Carlo, Camille Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Delila, Gaetano Donizetti’s La Favorita, And more!
The KZN Philharmonic gets straight into the Festival mood with American mezzo-soprano Krysty Swann and conductor Daniel Boico in a rousing concert of opera excerpts. Opera and vocal music is a South African tradition and the KZN Philharmonic is proud to be celebrating the National Arts Festival’s 40th anniversary with this special programme. Krysty Swann will sing such famous arias as “O mio Fernando” from La Favorita, “O don Fatale” from Don Carlo and “En vain pour eviter” from Carmen. At the helm is Daniel Boico, who will lead the orchestra through these challenging arias as well as instrumental favourites from the opera repertoire such as the overture to La forza del destino.
New York City, USA : Martha Cardona Theatre presents Verdi's Don Carlo at the Opera America Center.
The Martha Cardona Theater presents Don Carlo featuring voices who have performed with The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and many other leading houses around the world.
ZIMBABWE : Featuring Krysty Swann, Karl Jenkins’s Stabat Mater is part of this year’s KPMG Classical Musical Programme and is set to wow audiences.
Paul Colman returns to HIFA for another modern choral performance. This beautiful and profound work takes the listener on a journey through one of the most poignant medieval poems. Some of the talented performers featuring are American mezzo-soprano Krysty Swann, The Amici String Quartet, Will McNicol (guitar) and Jeanette Micklem (piano). Catch this stunning performance at the NMB Bank Recital Room on Friday 2nd May (Golden Pilsener Day) and Saturday 3rd May (Coca-Cola Day). Stabat Mater is presented with assistance of the British Council and Creative Zimbabwe.
ITALY: Conducted by Xu Zhong with the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Massimo Bellini
ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, USA : Featuring soloist Krysty Swann, the Allentown Symphony concerts offer one of the greatest of all symphonic and vocal works, Mozart's Requiem in D Minor, K. 626.
Conducted by Diane Wittry
In conjunction with the Allentown Symphony, the vocal parts include a full chorus and four soloists. Conductor Diane Wittry says the orchestra's desire to perform the Requiem meshed with a desire to establish a new Allentown Symphony Chorus.
VERO BEACH, FLORIDA, USA: Vero Beach Opera will present the fully staged opera Cavalleria Rusticana, starring Metropolitan Opera mezzo Krysty Swann.
Conducted by Maestro Anton Coppola with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra
NEW YORK CITY, USA: Krysty Swann returns to the Met for her second appearance on the renowned stage.
There is no missing the sheer effort involved in the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of Riccardo Zandonai’s “Francesca da Rimini,” which opened on Monday evening for its first Met run in close to 27 years. From the moment the curtain rises you are awed by Ezio Frigerio’s towering, grandly detailed sets, designed for a 1984 resurrection of a work neglected since 1918. Franca Squarciapino’s costumes delight your eyes. Zandonai’s luxuriously orchestrated music caresses your ears.