A NIGHT of OPERA & OPERETTA FAVORITES: CBA SYMPHONY and CHORUS
Wed, May 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm
A Night of OPERA FAVORITES
CBA Symphony & CBA Chorus
David Katz, music director / Rebecca Patterson, chorus director
and welcoming winners of The American Prize in Vocal Performance / Chicago Opera Award:
Christine Steyer, soprano (1st headshot at bottom)
William Bennett, tenor (2nd headshot)
Andrew Bawden, bass-baritone (3rd headshot)
Overture (Boccaccio) Franz Von Suppe
A rollicking, tuneful overture, sure to become a favorite.
Yours in My Heart Alone (Land of Smiles) Franz Lehar
Prince Sou-Chong attempts to reassure his new wife Countess Lisa that she is his only heart's delight.
William Bennett, tenor
Madamina! Il catalogo è questo (Don Giovanni) W. A. Mozart
Don Giovanni has asked his servant Leporello to get rid of the pesky Donna Elvira, which he is happy to do by sharing the list he has authored of her husband's sordid and extensive conquests.
Andrew Bawden, bass-baritone
Vilja (The Merry Widow) Franz Lehar
The wealthy widow from Pontevedro, Hanna Glawari, entertains her foreign guests with a traditional song about a Vilja or magical woodcreature who enchants the hunters that encounter her.
Christine Steyer, soprano
Introduction to Act I (Carmen) Georges Bizet
Some of the most famous music in all opera.
Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor) Alexander Borodin
The Polovtsian slaves entertain Prince Igor and Khan Konchak with songs and dances of praise.
CBA Symphony & Chorus
Una furtiva lagrima (The Elixir of Love) Gaetano Donizetti
Believing that the magic love potion could actually work, Nemorino pours his heart out, thinking of when he will hold Adina in his arms.
Intermezzo (Carmen) Georges Bizet
Judith Grubner, flute; John Vishneski, III, clarinet; David Perlman, harp
Un bel di (Madama Butterfly) Giacomo Puccini
It has been three years since Madame Butterfly's American sailor husband left her without a word. As she looks over the Nagasaki harbor for his ship, she sings of her certainty in the day that he will return.
Humming Chorus (Madama Butterfly) Giacomo Puccini
Seeing Pinkerton's ship, Butterfly waits for him throughout the entire night.
CBA Symphony & Chorus
March (Carmen) George Bizet
Non piu Andrai (Le Nozze di Figaro) W. A. Mozart
When Count Almaviva consigns the amorous Cherubino to military duty, Figaro is there to tease the young lad with the joys and sorrows of a soldier's life.
Stamp Your Foot (The Tender Land) Aaron Copland
In the rural Midwest in the 1930s, a joyous country dance is held to celebrate Laurie's impending high school graduation.
Promise of Living (The Tender Land) Aaron Copland
A paean to the joy of life, of work, of the land, and of love.
"An unprecedented double encore"
with apologies to W.S. Gilbert
Can-Can (Orpheus in the Underworld) Jacques Offenbach
Va, Pensiero (Nabucco) Giuseppe Verdi
"Fly, thought, on wings of gold; go settle upon the slopes of our native land."
St James Episcopal Cathedral (View)
65 E Huron
Chicago, IL 60611
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