Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2016 season

Performances take place on Long Island, New York
Suffolk County and Nassau County

Opera Night 2016
Mark calendars for upcoming concerts: More details and additional concert dates to follow.

August 20th: Unitarian Universalist in Huntington

October 8th, Saturday Night Opera Night in Northport 

November, 2016, Opera Night in Bethany Presbyterian Church, Huntington Station

December 18th, (Sunday at 4:00) Opera Night Holiday Party in Northport 

Most recent concert:  July 1st, (Friday) at 8:00 pm: Opera Night, Long Island performs at the Bethany Presbyterian Church (425 Maplewood Road, Huntington Station)

Robert Cinnante, tenor
Lorraine Helvick, mezzo soprano
Lauren Haber, soprano
Bruce Solomon, baritone
Mina Cuesta, soprano

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Opera Night in Northport 
Saturday, May 7th, 2016 3:00 pm

Memos from Maddalena
At the helm of Opera Night's production of "Suor Angelica," was soprano with a flair, Danielle Davis. Her artistry of vocal and administrative acumen was only surpassed by her ability to orchestrate an extraordinary event such as this Puccini's masterpiece. The eight chosen singers, in full concert attire were assembled and rehearsed by Danielle, Jessica Stolte Bender, and pianist Isabella, to near perfection. The somber tale of a woman banished away to a convent because of disgracing her noble family, was underlined and driven forward by the wonderful pianist, Jesse Pieper, and performed by singers, Danielle Davis, Kristin Starkey, Jessica Stolte Bender, Theresa Dunigan, Sonya Rice, Lorraine Helvick, Kate Wood and Emillee Carratala. A tear was not spared by our patrons, nor were the compliments during the reception. But then again, the elements were all there. The genius of Puccini, the beautiful voices, the storyline of love, loss, scandal, betrayal, and unbounded human cruelty. For this is the essence of opera, and when our opera devotees come and become a part of Opera Night's event such as Suor Angelica, an emergence of creativity on all levels arise, and we are indeed awed and made better for it. It is a held notion that although Puccini was not political, his operas were a way of sending a message to a larger audience. In a review of "Il Trittico" from a 1920 New York Times paper, a critic speaks of women who were weeping in the aisles. When Danielle Davis sings "Senza Mama," I too get weepy. Oh those Italians! How impressive to us that eight women in limited space, one opera, one pianist, could fill the room with so much joy as it did. Special mention to contralto, Kristin Starkey in her gripping role of "La Principessa." Puccini understood the range of the singing voice, and how the musical score can enliven all emotions in us, good and evil, and translate this to the audience. The production was a hit, and there is now talk of a repeat performance possibly in a new venue. At the risk of blabbing a secret, I hear word around that a "Tosca" presentation is in the works. You didn't hear that from me.   

Sunday, August 5, 2012

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