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HVP: A Night of Opera & Ballet Music
Two classic opera overtures from Rossini and Verdi, arias from Tosca, Gianni Schicchi, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot, plus Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite.
Rossini: La Scala di Seta — Overture
Puccini: Tosca —
E lucevan le stelle
Gia, mi dicon venal
Verdi: La Forza del Destino — Overture
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi —
Si corre dal notaio
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci —
Vesti La Giubba
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite — op.21
Puccini: Madama Butterfly —
Un bel di vedremo
Puccini: Turandot —
— Soloists listed below
Ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert talk by Maestro Fleischer with soloists and/or members of the orchestra one hour prior to the concert.
Made possible through the generous support of Rhinebeck Bank, the Dr. Edwin Ulrich Charitable Trust, the Norman & Jeannie Greene Fund of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, Vassar Brothers Institute, the Bruderhof and WMHT FM 89.1 Schenectady and WRHV.
The three soloists for this concert are:
American soprano Sara Beth Pearson made her solo debut with The Metropolitan Opera in its 2012 production of Manon, part of The Met: Live in HD series. She was subsequently invited to return as a soloist in La Rondine and Les Dialogues des Carmelites. Ms.Pearson was featured in the inaugural season of the Maryland Lyric Opera as Nedda in Pagliacci, and debuted her Mimì as part of Crested Butte Music Festival’s production of La Bohème. 2015 marked her European debut, in the title role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica at the Trentino Music Festival in Italy.
This season, Ms. Pearson will appear as Micaëla in the Miami Lyric Opera production of Carmen, and in concert with the Bergen Sinfonia. Recent appearances include Leonora in La Forza del destino with New Amsterdam Opera, Leonora in Il Trovatore with New Rochelle Opera and Lia in Debussy’s L’enfant Prodigue with the Lyric Opera of Baltimore. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, Ms. Pearson was a frequent soloist with Baltimore Opera, Annapolis Opera and Washington National Opera. Upon her arrival in NYC, she became a resident artist with Dicapo Opera, where she performed the role of Lucy Perez in Pasatieri’s Hotel Casablanca, and covered the title roles of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline, and Madama Butterfly. Additional roles in repertoire include the title roles of Tosca and Floyd’s Susannah, Anna in Puccini’s Le Villi, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Paolina in Donizetti’s Poliuto.
Baritone Robert Kerr returned to Japan for engagements in performances of Requiem by Minoru Miki in Natori and reprising the work at Rose Theater at Lincoln Center. He was he Germont in La traviata with the Arroyo Foundation; concerts with the Columbus Symphony; covered the role of the King in El Gato con Botas with Gotham Chamber Opera; was soloist with the New York City Opera Orchestra in a Japan tour of Carmina Burana and sang Tonio in Pagliacci with Opera Columbus. In 2017 he returned to Rose Theater with Maestro Atsushi Yamada and the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York in a Verdi concert and sang Pooh-Bah in The Mikado with Performance Santa Fe!; and, was the title role in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Project Columbus. This season Mr. Kerr was heard as Germont with the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York at Lincoln Center; and sang the King in Aida with Opera Columbus.
Other engagements include his appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors along with Sondra Radvanovsky and Joseph Calleja in an Aida tribute to honoree, Martina Arroyo. He sang the title role of Falstaff with the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s “Prelude to Performance” with Willie Waters conducting and was engaged with the Lancaster Festival in Ohio. Mr. Kerr was Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Columbus and made his Indianapolis Opera debut this season as Peachum in The Threepenny Opera. He sang Pooh-Bah in The Mikado with Sinfonia da Camera in Illinois and was soloist with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Mozart’s Große Messe in c-Moll; he reprised the role of Peachum with Amarillo Opera.
He has appeared in summer stock with The Barn Theater and Huron Playhouse; and in past productions with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Opera Theater and the Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. For three seasons he was a member of the Glimmerglass Opera where he participated in the Young American Artists program. In addition, he was a member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program where he received advanced training.
Mexican-Italian Tenor, Mauricio Trejo, was recently distinguished by the Wagner Society of New York as a promising Wagnerian Tenor. In August 2016 Mr.Trejo received a full scholarship to further and expand hi Wagnerian Tenor repertoire at the Lotte Lehmann Akademie where he also perform concerts in Germany. He has been hailed as “a tenor with a silver bullet top,” “the possessor of a clear and powerful instrument of great beauty,” “a revelation.” (Luzerner Zeitung)
In May 2017 Mauricio made his debut in the role of Otello by Giuseppe Verdi in New York City. He is also currently expanding his repertory in preparation of Siegfried, Siegmund, Bacchus, and Florestan. Before expanding to the dramatic and Wagnerian repertoire, he performed the leading tenor roles in Tosca, Cavalleria Rusticana, Il Tabarro, Turandot, I Pagliacci, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, L’Elisir D’Amore and Der Rosenkavalier. Mauricio’s international operatic and concert career has taken him to North, Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East.
Performed with companies that include the Opera Orchestra Of New York, Bregenzer Festspiele in Austria, Opernhaus Zurich, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Lyric Opera of Vinrginia, New Israeli Opera, The New York Grand Opera, and the Opera Nacional de Panama. He has worked with such illustrious maestri like Alan Gilbert, Victor DeRenzi, Eve Queler, Franz Welser-Möst, Carlo Rizzi, Anton Coppola, Vincent La Selva, Valery Rivkin, Peter Mark, Asher Fisch, Fernando Lozano, Alondra de la Parra, and Eduardo Alvarez, to name a few.
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Saturday, October 13 2018
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