Smorgasbord of opera has international flavour
From Charlie Chaplin’s memorable Tramp walk to Nixon’s visit to China, back to mythical tales of Orpheus and Euridice and Dido and Aeneas, with some tunes everyone knows form Bugs Bunny (Barber of Seville, Figaro) Operafest offers something for everyone.
Presented by the international cast and faculty of the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Orchestra London Canada, three performances May 24-26 give audiences a chance to experience 38 scenes from early opera to contemporary at the Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College, Western University.
Students from Western, Canada, the U.S. and Europe have spent the last three weeks honing skills in role preparation, performance practice, collaboration, drama, voice and movement.
Faculty members have also come from around the world to share their expertise and experience.
Simone Luti, from Milan, and JoAnn Kulesza, from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, are the two musical directors. Timothy Nelson, from the Opera Studio Nederland is also an artistic director. Other faculty include Americans Martin Katz and Andrew Altenbach; Montrealer Chantal Lambert; British conductor Oliver Gooch and American Gary Wedow; as well as Western’s own teachers. They represent celebrated institutions such as the Boston Conservatory, San Fransisco Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Studio Nederland, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, Dutch National Opera Academy, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera de Montreal, Atelier Lyrique de l’Opera, New York City Opera and Minnesota Opera.
Luti conducts Orchestra London on Saturday, giving the young singers an opportunity to sing with a professional orchestra, and connecting the program with the local community.
The staged scenes Friday and Sunday present a slice of all types and eras of the dramatic art. “The beauty of this is we have operas from every genre, from early Italian to the Ghost of Versailles, a very modern opera. They’re sung in all languages. It’s a sample of opera and is pretty extraordinary,” said Sophie Roland, general and artistic director.
Italian composers of the golden age are represented: Rossini, Puccini, Donizetti and Verdi. Handel, Mozart, Strauss and Wagner are the big German names. Early composers include Cavalli and Purcell. From the 20th century are Britten, Poulenc, Ravel and “Fats” Waller. Corigliano and Adams are contemporary composers on the program.
If You Go
Where: Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College, Western University
When: May 24 at 7:30 p.m.
May 25 at 1:30 p.m.
May 26 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: for May 25 $15/$10 at the door
May 24, 26 free
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