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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Program
Act I

“Jasmine Flower” Traditional Chinese song
Danielle Davis, soprano & Arthur Lai, tenor
“What a movie!” from Trouble in Tahiti Leonard Bernstein
Erica Koehring, mezzo-soprano
“Signore, ascolta!” from Turandot Giacomo Puccini
Mary DeMarco, soprano
“O dischiuso ѐ il firmamento,” from Nabucco Giuseppe Verdi
Frances Fascetti, contralto
“Ah! Si, ben mio,” from Il Trovatore Giuseppe Verdi
Arthur Lai, tenor
“Deh vieni, alla finestra” from Don Giovanni W. A. Mozart
Gary Lorentzson, baritone
“Mario, Mario, Mario!” from Tosca Giacomo Puccini
Danielle Davis, soprano & Jose Heredia, tenor

Intermission

Act II

“Pa-pa, pa…” from Die Zauberflöte W.A. Mozart
Gary Lorentzson, baritone & Asuka Uchida, soprano
“Je suis encore étourdie,” from Manon Jules Massenet
Asuka Uchida, soprano
“Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix,” from Samson et Dalila Camille Saint-Saëns
Frances Fascetti, contralto
“Votre toast, je peux vous le render,” from Carmen Georges Bizet
Gary Lorentzson, baritone
“La fleur que tu m’avais jetée,” from Carmen Georges Bizet
Jose Heredia, tenor
“Pleurez! Pleurez me yeux,” from Le Cid Jules Massenet
Danielle Davis, soprano
“Va! Laisse couler mes larmes,” from Werther Jules Massenet
Erica Koehring, mezzo-soprano
“La donna ѐ mobile,” from Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi
Arthur Lai, tenor
Piano accompaniment by Giovanni Longo
Special thanks to Bethany Presbyterian Church




Review: "Opera Night in Huntington" November 4, 2016

The opening inspired duet "Jasmine Flower," a traditional Chinese song, presented by Danielle Davis and Arthur Lai set the tone for what will be remembered as an opera night highlight! The sweetness of this piece caresses us with memories of summer gardens, mint juleps, and lovely song birds. Can you trust my
instincts when I say The Chinese have always cornered the market on how to display all the beauties of the world through song and art. And Danielle and Arthur let us in through a garden path with this soulful rendition. Erika Koehring, mezzo soprano loved Leonard Bernstein, so much in fact that she lends verve and excitement to his composition, " What Movie! Trouble in Tahiti." Mary Demarco soprano sings for us Puccini's "Signore, ascolta" from Turandot with a charm and heartfelt love of music. Giuseppe Verdi, the king of opera created this spectacular work, Nabucco. Frances Fascetti, contralto, in her commanding
interpretation of "O dischioso e' el firmamento" kept all eyes and ears front and center. This unbelievable piece is the dream of all wonderful contraltos to sing. Frances does more then dream this, she masters and makes it her own. I loved it! When Arthur Lai, tenor, chooses Verdi's "Ah! Si, ben mio", from Il Trovatore, we are convinced of his love of opera. So delicately handled ,but with notes that carried us high and then softly brought us along in the story of Manrico and Leonora before they are to take their wedding vows. As luck does not have it Manrico is then told that his mother Azucena is to be burned at the stake. Oh Opera! Gary Lorentzson, baritone, and Asuka Uchida, soprano, rounds out our evening by reminding us that opera can be somber, riveting, tumultuous, fraught with sorrow, but then again can also underscore the wonderful aspects of the lightheartedness of life. We all thoroughly enjoyed Mozart's " Pa Pa Pa", from "Zauberflote" (Magic Flute). Jose Heredia, tenor, reminds me of Carreras when he gives to us the extraordinarily beautiful "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée" by George Bizet. We are all transported in this journey where Don Jose is about to return to his barracks, and he tells Carmen the flower she gave him helps to keep him strong. To some singers, this piece may just be a series of notes and phrases. But Jose is a professional, and his mastery of voice as he combines the drama, sadness, and beauty of the aria and hands it to us in compelling fashion. I held back some tears because beauty touches the heart, and Jose did just this. Danielle Davis and Jose Heredia tied up our first half with a bow, by presenting Puccini's " Mario Mario Mario" from Tosca. The musical interplay between two accomplished singers was an experience to behold !! Thank you for sharing your love of opera.


Most recent concert: 
October 8th, Saturday Night, 7:00 pm Opera Night Halloween Celebration in Northport (270 Main Street0
Program

Act One:
"Der Holle rache" - Magic Flute- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Heather Bobeck, soprano
"Condotta" - Il trovatore - Giuseppe Verdi 
Eowyn Driscoll, contralto
"Questo o quella" - Rigoletto - Giuseppe Verdi 
Max Vitagliano, tenor
"Il tuo sangue o il mio amore"-Tosca-Giacomo Puccini 
Danielle Davis, soprano
"Re dell'abisso affrettati"- Un ballo in maschera- Giuseppe Verdi 
Eowyn Driscoll, contralto
"Dalla sua pace"- Don Giovanni- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Intermission

Act Two:

"Habanera"-Carmen- Georges Bizet 
Eowyn Driscoll, mezzo
"Embroidery Aria" - Peter Grimes- Benjamin Britten 
Danielle Davis, soprano
"Come dal ciel precipita"-Macbeth- Giuseppe Verdi 
Kofi Hayford, bass
"Ah fors'e lui" - La Traviata- Giuseppe Verdi
Heather Bobeck
"La donna e mobile"- Rigoletto- Giuseppe Verdi 
Max Vitagliano, tenor
"Tu, tu, tu" - Madama Butterfly--Giacomo Puccini 
Danielle Davis, soprano

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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