More Operatic Scenes
Stephanie Mann, Program Coordinator; Jeffrey Brody, Pianist
August 14, 2012 at 7:30pm - Christ Episcopal Church, Needham
- Ah guarda sorella - Cosi fan Tutte, Mozart
Tara Alcorn, Mauri Tetrault
The sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella brag to each other about the qualities of their respective boyfriends.
- Prendero quel brunettino - Cosi fan Tutte, Mozart
Bethany Condon, Karen Amlaw
The sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella talk about which of the exotic Albanians (their boyfriends in disguise) they prefer.
- St. Suplice scene - Manon, Massenet
Stephanie Mann, Omar Najmih
After Manon runs off with another lover, Des Grieux takes the vows of a priest, renouncing all worldy goods and worldly love. Manon finds him at the Seminary and begs him to forgive her, as she loves only him.
- Suoni la tromba - I Puritani, Bellini
Gary Thies, Colman Reaboi
Set in the time of the English Civil War. Puritan Georgio pleads with fellow Puritan Riccardo not to kill Royalist Arturo, who has fallen in love with Riccardo’s fiancée Elvira. Georgio instead suggests Riccardo and he call forth the trumpets, kill the Royalist army that's expected to attack them at dawn, and together face death shouting "Liberty!"
- Dome epais - Lakme, Delibe
Rebecca Ufema, Angela Jajko
Lakmé, the daughter of a Brahmin priest, and her servant Mallika go to gather flowers by a river. After they sing of the beauty of all that is around them - the white jasmine, the birds and the shining water - they will be observed by British army officers, one of whom will fall in love with Lakme.
- Barcarolle - Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Offenbach
Sara Michale Smith, Amy Oraftik
This barcarolle is sung at the top of Act 3 by Giulietta, a notorious courtesan, and Nicklausse, a young man attempting to resist her charms.
- Act III scene, "Pourquoi me reveiller?" - Werther, Massenet
Bethany Condon, Martin Kelley
Charlotte is married to Albert but Werther is in love with Charlotte. He comes to see her on Christmas Eve. She reminds him of the Ossian verses he once translated for her and he recites them - "Pourquoi me reveiller" (Why awaken me, o breath of Spring?). Werther then accuses Charlotte of not admitting her love for him. She pulls herself away from him, saying she cannot see him again, and locks herself in her room. Werther then calls on nature to go into mourning for him.
- Flower Duet - Madama Butterfly, Puccini
Karen Amlaw, Christine Field
After waiting more than 3 years for her husband, to return Butterfly and Suzuki, her maid, hear a cannon shot in the harbor announcing his ship’s arrival. Butterfly is beside herself with joy and triumph; she wants everything just right for him. She asks Suzuki to help gather all the flowers in the garden; together they fill the house with them.
- Parla, siam soli - Rigoletto, Verdi
Stephanie Mann, Gary Thies
Returned to her father, Rigoletto, after being kidnapped by the Duke, Gilda recounts how she was seduced by him. Rigoletto demands revenge.