NOVEMBER 3 | 6 | 9 | 11 | 2018
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Sung in Italian, with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat.
Estimated run time: 3 hours including two 20-minute intermissions
TRAGIC PASSION TAKES CENTER STAGE
This romantic masterpiece, overflowing with some of Verdi’s most recognizable and beautiful melodies, features one of opera’s greatest heroines: the doomed courtesan Violetta, who is willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of true love.
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Highlights of his 2015/16 season included Aida at Utah Symphony and Opera, for which the Salt Lake Tribune raved “Whether in the grandeur of the triumphal scene or the exquisite beauty of the Nile scene, one couldn't have asked for a more inspiring performance of Verdi's score,” a double bill of La Voix Humaine starring Patricia Racette and Gianni Schicchi at Chicago Opera Theater, and return appearances at Atlanta Ballet and at Opera Memphis. He conducted a variety of symphonic programs with orchestras in the US, including Omaha Symphony and the NYU Symphony. After earning his Bachelor of Music in violin performance at Oberlin Conservatory, he studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, and with Imre Pallo at Indiana University.
A “rising young star on the contemporary American opera scene” (89.5 Tulsa), Ms. Moritz’s diverse projects for 2017-2018 include the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s newest opera Proving Up (Washington National Opera, AOI), as well as new productions of Orpheus in the Underworld (New Orleans Opera), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Madison Opera), Trouble in Tahiti(Opera Santa Barbara), and a genre-bending triple bill of rarities for Bard Conservatory (Pulcinella, Full Moon in March, and Svadba).
This season, Ms. Moritz also directs a new staging of Madama Butterfly (Syracuse Opera), collaborates with IlluminArts to profile artist Ana Mendieta, joins the Santa Fe Opera directing staff, and continues ongoing collaborations with the Resonant Bodies Festival and The Knights.
Cecilia Violetta LópezVioletta
Recent engagements include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore for Boston Midsummer Opera, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor for Opera Colorado, Haroun in Djamileh at the 2017 Beethoven Easter Festival, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville for Opera Memphis, Macduff in Macbeth for Opera San Antonio, The Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto with Syracuse Opera, and Christmas Concerts with Madison Symphony Orchestra.
Eric Barry has a close association with the Beethoven Easter Festival and the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, where he has sung and recorded Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Don Luigi in Maria Padilla, Pylade in Iphigénie en Tauride, Avito in L’amore dei tre re and Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra, as well as Beethoven Symphony No. 9. He returned in Spring 2016 to sing Prince Hal in At the Boar’s Head, now available on Dux CD and nominated in the Opera Category for the 2017 International Classical Music Awards.