An Evening of Opera Scenes
Stephanie Mann, Program Coordinator; Jeffrey Brody, Music Director and Pianist
August 17, 2010 at 7:30pm - Christ Episcopal Church, Needham
Sull'aria from Le Nozze di Figaro, W. A. Mozart
Beth Grzegorzewski, Stephanie Mann
In order to trick the Count into realizing the error of his ways, the Countess and Susanna write a love letter inviting him to a secret rendezvous. [view video on YouTube]
Un di felice from La Traviata, G. Verdi
Evan Denmark, Yelena Dudochkin
Despite initially dismissing Alfred’s romantic overtures, he has intrigued her
so she offers him her flower to come back the next day when it wilts. Alfred is overjoyed.
Helena/Hermia duet from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, B. Britten
Rebekah Alexander, Emily Marvosh
In the woods, under the spell of Puck's elixir, Helena and Hermia fight for Lysander's affection. Hermia is a little sensitive about her short stature, and Helena takes advantage of her own height to ridicule her former friend.
Signorina, in tanta fretta from Don Pasquale, G. Donizetti
Bulent Guneralp, Olga Lisovskaya
After learning how much money Norina has wasted, Don Pasquale is furious! When Norina appears, she is superbly dressed and she tells him she is going to the theater – without him! [view video on YouTube]
Ange Adorable from Romèo et Juliet, C. Gounod
Nicolas Hebert, Stephanie Mann
Romeo and Juliet meet face to face for the first time at Juliet’s debutante party. They flirt with plays on words until they succumb to the sin of a first kiss.
What do you intend to do, Augusta? from The Ballad of Baby Doe, D. Moore
Kaori Emery, Beth Grzegorzewski, Emily Marvosh, Mauri Tetrault, Jacque Wilson
In her parlor with her friends by her side, Augusta learns of her husband's desire for a divorce to marry a younger woman, Elizabeth "Baby" Doe. Though Augusta has know about her husband's affair with Baby Doe for quite some time, she isn't willing to grant him a divorce, and instead, plans to turn his affair into a public scandel.
- Intermission -
La ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni, W. A, Mozart
Bulent Guneralp, Sara Michale Smith
The libertine Don Giovanni attempts to seduce the peasant girl Zerlina on her wedding day. [view video on YouTube]
Mi chiamano Mimi...O soave fanciulla from La Bohème, G. Puccini
Evan Denmark, Danielle Vayenas
Rodolfo, a poet, lives in a garret apartment in the Latin Quarter of 1830's Paris. His neighbor, Mimi, a seamstress, comes up to ask him to light her candle, and faints. After Rodolfo revives Mimi, and they find her key that she lost, they talk about their lives and realize that it is love at first sight.
The Presentation of the Rose from Der Rosenkavalier, R. Strauss
Kim Peck, Jacque Wilson
Octavian has arrived at the von Faninal household as the Rosenkavalier (the Knight of the Rose) to present Sophie with a silver rose, the symbol of Baron Ochs' intent to marry her. As Octavian and Sophie enact the elaborate ceremony, they find that they are deeply attracted to one another.
Duet from L’Italiana in Algeri, G. Rossini
Julia Jaffe Colman Reaboi
Isabella and Mustafa sing together. It may or may not be about Spaghetti. [view video on YouTube]
Final Trio from Der Rosenkavalier, R. Strauss
Emily Burr, Rachele Schmiege, Julia Teitel
The Marschallin, Sophie, and Octavian are alone. The Marschallin recognizes that the day she feared has come, as Octavian hesitates between the two women. In the emotional climax of the opera, the Marschallin gracefully releases Octavian, encouraging him to follow his heart and love Sophie.