Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2016 season


OPERA NIGHT, LONG ISLAND
Performances take place on Long Island, New York
Suffolk County and Nassau County

Opera Night 2016
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October 8th, Saturday Night, 7:00 pm Opera Night Halloween Celebration in Northport (270 Main Street0

TREAT your friends to a concert! Advanced tickets may be purchased at:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2627734 

Printable tickets, No waiting on line.


November 4th, Friday Night, 7:30 pm Opera Night in Huntington Station (425 Maplewood Road)
$15

December 18th, Sunday, 4:00 pm Opera Night Holiday Party in Northport
$20

January 14th (Snow date, January 21), Saturday, 7:00 Opera Night New Years Celebration in Huntington (Browns Road)
$20


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The Barber of Seville by Rossini's most renown aria is "Largo al factotum," or as we lay people like to just say "Figaro." It is considered one of the most difficult baritone arias to perform. Our newcomer to Opera Night, Eric McKeever began our evening with this most jubilant piece. Our patrons were hanging on to every tongue twisting syllable of this joyous, exciting, and effervescent aria that Eric sung with skill that most certainly engaged us all. Our very own Lorraine Helvick, a superb mezzo, prepared and served up Verdi's "O don fatale." Dramatic flair are the words I can't help but to describe her interpretation of this most gripping aria. Do we need the translation to feel her pain? On no! Not when this mezzo sings the tale of a woman exiled to a convent and curses her own beauty (the cause she believes of all her suffering). Brava Lorraine.
Danielle Davis, our Divina soprano, has mastered Verdi's "O patria mia." The untenable predicament that Aida finds herself in as an Ethiopian princess and was captured by the Egyptians, left us all feeling the anguish that Verdi intended us to feel. This is an amazing aria that only accomplished singers love to have in their repertoire and Danielle has made this masterpiece her own. Arthur Lai thrilled us with his performance of Massanet's "Pourquoi ne reveiller." This charismatic tenor is a real crowd pleaser and his choices of arias are diverse and beautifully delivered.
Coloratura! The thesaurus tells us that the synonyms of this word are "melodic, song like, tuneful, mellifluous, and poetic." All these words describe Asuka Uchida's performance of Gounod's "Je veux vivre." We loved it. Gary Lorentzson's role of Rigoletto lends credence to a man who's tortured, because his daughter has been abducted. Gary's deep and resonant voice is rich in expression and served to round out our program that featured, sopranos, mezzo, tenor, and baritone. Bruce Soloman sang the whimsical "Me voglio fa na casa" by Donzetti. This little gem of a piece has been performed by Pavarotti, Cecelia Bartoli and Angela Gheorghiu to name a few who find this ariette worthy of performing. Bruce delivers this joyous sing song with a sense of happiness, and in its simplicity, the message we get is to love the labor of your hands. With his well trained voice and the love of his art, Bruce takes us all to a place of serenity and sweetness. And to think that a good singer can transform our mood and remind us that the important things in life are gifts that just keep giving.
The piano accompaniment was unparalleled this Opera Night at the UUF. Director Isabella Johnson took control of the evening in superb fashion and brilliant artistry. Often times, the piano takes the place of a full orchestra, but the skill involved in developing the instrumental colors is indeed a challenge that Isabella meets head on. The singers who come to us unexpectedly, lend a fresh and spontaneous element to the performance. The hallmark of our Opera Night series is the dedication of our singers. They are the professionals that keep alive the Opera repertoire and bring to us the joy of music appreciation.



Opera Night in Huntington
August 20, 2016 ~ 7pm
Isabella Eredita Johnson, Executive Director, Pianist
Danielle Davis, Acting Artistic Director, Soprano
Act I
Largo al factotum della citta……………….......Rossini
Eric McKeever, baritone
Amour! viens aider ma faiblesse!...........Saint-Saëns
Lorraine Helvick, mezzo
Dein ist mein Ganzes herz………………………...Lehar
Bruce Solomon, baritone
O patria mia…………………...…..........................Verdi
Danielle Davis, soprano
Cortigianni, vil razza dannata…..…………....……Verdi
Gary Lorentzson, baritone
Dei miei bollenti spiriti……........…………………..Verdi
Arthur Lai, tenor
Sull'aria ……………………………….……………...Mozart
Danielle Davis, soprano and Asuka Uchida, soprano
~ Intermission ~
Act II
La ci darem la mano……………....………………...…..Mozart
Asuka Uchida and Gary Lorentzson
Me voglia fanne casa………………………………....Donizetti
Bruce Solomon
Je veux vivre…....………………………………………..Gounod
Asuka Uchida
Infin che un brando vindice……………………………....Verdi
Gary Lorentzson
Pourquoi me reveiller..………………....................Massenet
Arthur Lai
O don fatale…….……………………..….………………….Verdi
Lorraine Helvick
Per me giunto………………………………………….….....Verdi
Eric McKeever
Dich teure Halle……………………………………….....Wagner
Danielle Davis
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