VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago

LA TRAVIATA

by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung in Italian with projected English translations


VERDI’S MUSIC IS INCOMPARABLE, WITH ONE HEARTSTOPPINGLY BEAUTIFUL MELODY AFTER ANOTHER, in this exquisitely romantic story. Within the social whirl of sophisticated Paris, the courtesan Violetta lives purely for pleasure but longs for true love. She finds the right man in Alfredo, but their happiness is cut short: at his father’s insistence, Violetta leaves Alfredo for the sake of his family. Her spirit broken, her health shattered, Violetta now lives only with the hope that Alfredo will return to her. La traviata gives us one of opera’s most glorious heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.

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SOLOIST - Mahler 4 & Mozart Benedictus dis dues K. 117 Southwest Symphony
Mar
31
4:00 PM16:00

SOLOIST - Mahler 4 & Mozart Benedictus dis dues K. 117 Southwest Symphony

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SSO Heavenly Spring

HEAVENLY SPRING

Sunday, March 31, 4 p.m.

Claire de Lune  Debussy
Carmen Suite No. 2  Bizet
Benedictus sit dues K. 117  Mozart
      Emily Birsan, soprano
      Concordia University Kapelle, Charles P. Brown, director
Symphony No. 4  Mahler
      Emily Birsan, soprano

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RUSALKA - Rusalka Madison Opera
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

RUSALKA - Rusalka Madison Opera

WHAT WOULD YOU SACRIFICE FOR HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER?

A water nymph falls in love with a human prince. A witch agrees to make her human – but the spell will break if she ever speaks.

Based on the classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid, Dvořák’s luxurious 1901 masterpiece travels from a mythical forest to a palace and back again. With a world populated by water sprites and royalty, its glorious score includes the famous “Song to the Moon.” Don’t miss the Madison Opera premiere of our first opera in Czech.

 

Rusalka

Music by Antonín Dvořák
Libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil
Premiered 31 March 1901, Nationaltheater, Prague
Madison Opera Premiere

 

Rusalka

Friday, April 26 at 8pm
Sunday, April 28 at 2:30pm

Overture Hall

Sung in Czech with projected English translations

Run time: 3 hours, including 2 intermissions

 

ACT I

The water nymph Rusalka has fallen in love with a human—the Prince—when he came to swim in her lake. Now she wants to become human herself and live on land to be with him. Rusalka’s father, a water sprite named Vodnik, is horrified and tells her that humans are evil and full of sin. When Rusalka insists, claiming they are full of love, he says she will have to get help from the witch Ježibaba. Rusalka calls on the moon to tell the Prince of her love. Ježibaba arrives and agrees to turn Rusalka into a human—but warns her that if she doesn’t find love she will be damned and the man she loves will die. Also, by becoming mortal, she will lose her power of speech. Convinced that her feelings for the Prince can overcome all spells, Rusalka agrees and Ježibaba gives her a potion to drink. As dawn breaks, the Prince appears with a hunting party and finds Rusalka by the lake. Even though she won’t speak to him, he is captivated by her beauty and leads her away to his castle. From the lake, the voices of Vodnik and the water nymphs are heard, mourning the loss of Rusalka.

ACT II

At his castle, the Prince wonders why Rusalka is so cold toward him but remains determined to win her. A Foreign Princess, who has come for their wedding, mocks Rusalka’s silence and reproaches the Prince for ignoring his guests. The Prince sends Rusalka away to dress for the ball and escorts the Princess into the castle for the beginning of the festivities.

In the deserted garden, Vodnik appears. Rusalka, who has become more and more intimidated by her surroundings, rushes from the castle in tears. Suddenly recovering her voice, she begs her father to help her, telling him that the Prince no longer loves her. The Prince and the Foreign Princess come into the garden, and the Prince confesses his love for her. When Rusalka intervenes, rushing into his arms, he rejects her. Vodnik warns the Prince of the fate that awaits him, then disappears with Rusalka. The Prince asks the Foreign Princess for help but she ridicules him and tells him to follow his bride into hell.

ACT III

Rusalka waits by the lake once again, lamenting her fate. Ježibaba appears and mocks her, then hands her a knife and explains that there is a way to save herself: she must kill the Prince. Rusalka refuses, throwing the weapon into the water. When her sisters reject her as well, she sinks into the lake in despair.  Vodnik explains to the water nymphs what has happened to Rusalka, and they fall silent and disappear.

The Prince, desperate and half crazy with remorse, emerges from the forest, looking for Rusalka and calling out for her to return to him. She appears from the water, reproaching him for his infidelity, and explains that now a kiss from her would kill him. Accepting his destiny, he asks her to kiss him to give him peace. She does, and he dies in her arms. Rusalka asks for mercy on his soul and disappears into the water.

 

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RUSALKA - Rusalka Madison Opera
Apr
28
2:30 PM14:30

RUSALKA - Rusalka Madison Opera

WHAT WOULD YOU SACRIFICE FOR HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER?

A water nymph falls in love with a human prince. A witch agrees to make her human – but the spell will break if she ever speaks.

Based on the classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid, Dvořák’s luxurious 1901 masterpiece travels from a mythical forest to a palace and back again. With a world populated by water sprites and royalty, its glorious score includes the famous “Song to the Moon.” Don’t miss the Madison Opera premiere of our first opera in Czech.

 

Rusalka

Music by Antonín Dvořák
Libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil
Premiered 31 March 1901, Nationaltheater, Prague
Madison Opera Premiere

 

Rusalka

Friday, April 26 at 8pm
Sunday, April 28 at 2:30pm

Overture Hall

Sung in Czech with projected English translations

Run time: 3 hours, including 2 intermissions

 

ACT I

The water nymph Rusalka has fallen in love with a human—the Prince—when he came to swim in her lake. Now she wants to become human herself and live on land to be with him. Rusalka’s father, a water sprite named Vodnik, is horrified and tells her that humans are evil and full of sin. When Rusalka insists, claiming they are full of love, he says she will have to get help from the witch Ježibaba. Rusalka calls on the moon to tell the Prince of her love. Ježibaba arrives and agrees to turn Rusalka into a human—but warns her that if she doesn’t find love she will be damned and the man she loves will die. Also, by becoming mortal, she will lose her power of speech. Convinced that her feelings for the Prince can overcome all spells, Rusalka agrees and Ježibaba gives her a potion to drink. As dawn breaks, the Prince appears with a hunting party and finds Rusalka by the lake. Even though she won’t speak to him, he is captivated by her beauty and leads her away to his castle. From the lake, the voices of Vodnik and the water nymphs are heard, mourning the loss of Rusalka.

ACT II

At his castle, the Prince wonders why Rusalka is so cold toward him but remains determined to win her. A Foreign Princess, who has come for their wedding, mocks Rusalka’s silence and reproaches the Prince for ignoring his guests. The Prince sends Rusalka away to dress for the ball and escorts the Princess into the castle for the beginning of the festivities.

In the deserted garden, Vodnik appears. Rusalka, who has become more and more intimidated by her surroundings, rushes from the castle in tears. Suddenly recovering her voice, she begs her father to help her, telling him that the Prince no longer loves her. The Prince and the Foreign Princess come into the garden, and the Prince confesses his love for her. When Rusalka intervenes, rushing into his arms, he rejects her. Vodnik warns the Prince of the fate that awaits him, then disappears with Rusalka. The Prince asks the Foreign Princess for help but she ridicules him and tells him to follow his bride into hell.

ACT III

Rusalka waits by the lake once again, lamenting her fate. Ježibaba appears and mocks her, then hands her a knife and explains that there is a way to save herself: she must kill the Prince. Rusalka refuses, throwing the weapon into the water. When her sisters reject her as well, she sinks into the lake in despair.  Vodnik explains to the water nymphs what has happened to Rusalka, and they fall silent and disappear.

The Prince, desperate and half crazy with remorse, emerges from the forest, looking for Rusalka and calling out for her to return to him. She appears from the water, reproaching him for his infidelity, and explains that now a kiss from her would kill him. Accepting his destiny, he asks her to kiss him to give him peace. She does, and he dies in her arms. Rusalka asks for mercy on his soul and disappears into the water.

 

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SOLOIST - Mahler 8 Madison Symphony
May
3
7:30 PM19:30

SOLOIST - Mahler 8 Madison Symphony

Symphony of a Thousand

MAY 3, 2019 - MAY 5, 2019

Music Program:
Mahler | Symphony No. 8

Featuring:
John DeMainConductor
Alexandra LoBiancoSoprano
Emily BirsanSoprano
Emily PogorelcSoprano
Milena KiticMezzo-Soprano
Julie MillerMezzo-Soprano
Clay HilleyTenor
Michael ReddingBaritone
Morris RobinsonBass-Baritone
Madison Symphony ChorusBeverly Taylor, Director
Madison Youth ChoirsMichael Ross, Artistic Director
UW Choral UnionBeverly Taylor, Director

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SOLOIST - Mahler 8 Madison Symphony
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

SOLOIST - Mahler 8 Madison Symphony

Symphony of a Thousand

MAY 3, 2019 - MAY 5, 2019

Music Program:
Mahler | Symphony No. 8

Featuring:
John DeMainConductor
Alexandra LoBiancoSoprano
Emily BirsanSoprano
Emily PogorelcSoprano
Milena KiticMezzo-Soprano
Julie MillerMezzo-Soprano
Clay HilleyTenor
Michael ReddingBaritone
Morris RobinsonBass-Baritone
Madison Symphony ChorusBeverly Taylor, Director
Madison Youth ChoirsMichael Ross, Artistic Director
UW Choral UnionBeverly Taylor, Director

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SOLOIST - Mahler 8 Madison Symphony
May
5
2:30 PM14:30

SOLOIST - Mahler 8 Madison Symphony

Symphony of a Thousand

MAY 3, 2019 - MAY 5, 2019

Music Program:
Mahler | Symphony No. 8

Featuring:
John DeMainConductor
Alexandra LoBiancoSoprano
Emily BirsanSoprano
Emily PogorelcSoprano
Milena KiticMezzo-Soprano
Julie MillerMezzo-Soprano
Clay HilleyTenor
Michael ReddingBaritone
Morris RobinsonBass-Baritone
Madison Symphony ChorusBeverly Taylor, Director
Madison Youth ChoirsMichael Ross, Artistic Director
UW Choral UnionBeverly Taylor, Director

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VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago

LA TRAVIATA

by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung in Italian with projected English translations


VERDI’S MUSIC IS INCOMPARABLE, WITH ONE HEARTSTOPPINGLY BEAUTIFUL MELODY AFTER ANOTHER, in this exquisitely romantic story. Within the social whirl of sophisticated Paris, the courtesan Violetta lives purely for pleasure but longs for true love. She finds the right man in Alfredo, but their happiness is cut short: at his father’s insistence, Violetta leaves Alfredo for the sake of his family. Her spirit broken, her health shattered, Violetta now lives only with the hope that Alfredo will return to her. La traviata gives us one of opera’s most glorious heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.

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VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago

LA TRAVIATA

by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung in Italian with projected English translations


VERDI’S MUSIC IS INCOMPARABLE, WITH ONE HEARTSTOPPINGLY BEAUTIFUL MELODY AFTER ANOTHER, in this exquisitely romantic story. Within the social whirl of sophisticated Paris, the courtesan Violetta lives purely for pleasure but longs for true love. She finds the right man in Alfredo, but their happiness is cut short: at his father’s insistence, Violetta leaves Alfredo for the sake of his family. Her spirit broken, her health shattered, Violetta now lives only with the hope that Alfredo will return to her. La traviata gives us one of opera’s most glorious heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.

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VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago

LA TRAVIATA

by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung in Italian with projected English translations


VERDI’S MUSIC IS INCOMPARABLE, WITH ONE HEARTSTOPPINGLY BEAUTIFUL MELODY AFTER ANOTHER, in this exquisitely romantic story. Within the social whirl of sophisticated Paris, the courtesan Violetta lives purely for pleasure but longs for true love. She finds the right man in Alfredo, but their happiness is cut short: at his father’s insistence, Violetta leaves Alfredo for the sake of his family. Her spirit broken, her health shattered, Violetta now lives only with the hope that Alfredo will return to her. La traviata gives us one of opera’s most glorious heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.

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VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago
Mar
7
2:00 PM14:00

VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago

LA TRAVIATA

by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung in Italian with projected English translations


VERDI’S MUSIC IS INCOMPARABLE, WITH ONE HEARTSTOPPINGLY BEAUTIFUL MELODY AFTER ANOTHER, in this exquisitely romantic story. Within the social whirl of sophisticated Paris, the courtesan Violetta lives purely for pleasure but longs for true love. She finds the right man in Alfredo, but their happiness is cut short: at his father’s insistence, Violetta leaves Alfredo for the sake of his family. Her spirit broken, her health shattered, Violetta now lives only with the hope that Alfredo will return to her. La traviata gives us one of opera’s most glorious heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.

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VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago

LA TRAVIATA

by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung in Italian with projected English translations


VERDI’S MUSIC IS INCOMPARABLE, WITH ONE HEARTSTOPPINGLY BEAUTIFUL MELODY AFTER ANOTHER, in this exquisitely romantic story. Within the social whirl of sophisticated Paris, the courtesan Violetta lives purely for pleasure but longs for true love. She finds the right man in Alfredo, but their happiness is cut short: at his father’s insistence, Violetta leaves Alfredo for the sake of his family. Her spirit broken, her health shattered, Violetta now lives only with the hope that Alfredo will return to her. La traviata gives us one of opera’s most glorious heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.

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VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago

LA TRAVIATA

by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung in Italian with projected English translations


VERDI’S MUSIC IS INCOMPARABLE, WITH ONE HEARTSTOPPINGLY BEAUTIFUL MELODY AFTER ANOTHER, in this exquisitely romantic story. Within the social whirl of sophisticated Paris, the courtesan Violetta lives purely for pleasure but longs for true love. She finds the right man in Alfredo, but their happiness is cut short: at his father’s insistence, Violetta leaves Alfredo for the sake of his family. Her spirit broken, her health shattered, Violetta now lives only with the hope that Alfredo will return to her. La traviata gives us one of opera’s most glorious heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.

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VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago
Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

VIOLETTA COVER - La Traviata Lyric Opera of Chicago

LA TRAVIATA

by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung in Italian with projected English translations


VERDI’S MUSIC IS INCOMPARABLE, WITH ONE HEARTSTOPPINGLY BEAUTIFUL MELODY AFTER ANOTHER, in this exquisitely romantic story. Within the social whirl of sophisticated Paris, the courtesan Violetta lives purely for pleasure but longs for true love. She finds the right man in Alfredo, but their happiness is cut short: at his father’s insistence, Violetta leaves Alfredo for the sake of his family. Her spirit broken, her health shattered, Violetta now lives only with the hope that Alfredo will return to her. La traviata gives us one of opera’s most glorious heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.

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RECITALIST - Baroque Christmas Louisiana Philharmonic
Dec
22
7:00 PM19:00

RECITALIST - Baroque Christmas Louisiana Philharmonic

Our annual Baroque Christmas program kicks off with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, the folk song from which the popular Christmas carol, “What Child Is This?” borrowed its melody. The festivities continue with Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto” and Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by J.S. Bach. The program ends with selections from a holiday favorite, Handel’s Messiah, including the famous Hallelujah Chorus.


The New Orleans performance is sponsored by: 
Catherine B. Tremaine 

Artist travel and accommodations provided by: 

ARTISTS

José Luis Gomez, Conductor

Emily Birsan, Soprano 

Casey Candebat, Tenor NOVA Masterworks 

PROGRAM

Ralph Vaughan WilliamsFantasia on Greensleeves Arcangelo Corelli"Christmas Concerto" J.S. BachBrandenburg Concerto No. 3 Geroge Frideric HandelSelections from Messiah 

Program duration is approximately 2 hours including a 20-minute intermission.
There will be a pre-concert talk one hour prior to the performance.Louisiana Philharmonic - Baroque Christmas December 20, 21 7pm

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RECITALIST - Baroque Christmas Louisiana Philharmonic
Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

RECITALIST - Baroque Christmas Louisiana Philharmonic

Our annual Baroque Christmas program kicks off with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, the folk song from which the popular Christmas carol, “What Child Is This?” borrowed its melody. The festivities continue with Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto” and Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by J.S. Bach. The program ends with selections from a holiday favorite, Handel’s Messiah, including the famous Hallelujah Chorus.


The New Orleans performance is sponsored by: 
Catherine B. Tremaine 

Artist travel and accommodations provided by: 

ARTISTS

José Luis Gomez, Conductor

Emily Birsan, Soprano 

Casey Candebat, Tenor NOVA Masterworks 

PROGRAM

Ralph Vaughan WilliamsFantasia on Greensleeves Arcangelo Corelli"Christmas Concerto" J.S. BachBrandenburg Concerto No. 3 Geroge Frideric HandelSelections from Messiah 

Program duration is approximately 2 hours including a 20-minute intermission.
There will be a pre-concert talk one hour prior to the performance.Louisiana Philharmonic - Baroque Christmas December 20, 21 7pm

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SOLOIST - Handel's Messiah Jacksonville Symphony
Dec
16
3:00 PM15:00

SOLOIST - Handel's Messiah Jacksonville Symphony

PROGRAM INFO

Nathan Aspinall, Associate Conductor

Emily Birsan, Soprano

Amanda Crider, Mezzo-soprano

Alexander Dobson, Baritone

Jonathan Johnson, Tenor

Jacksonville Symphony Chorus

HANDELMessiah

“The greatest story ever told…the most majestic music ever conceived.” The Jacksonville Symphony, guest soloists and more than 100 voices from the Symphony Chorus present music’s most powerful message of faith in THE Messiah of the season.

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SOLOIST - Handel's Messiah Jacksonville Symphony
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

SOLOIST - Handel's Messiah Jacksonville Symphony

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PROGRAM INFO

Nathan Aspinall, Associate Conductor

Emily Birsan, Soprano

Amanda Crider, Mezzo-soprano

Alexander Dobson, Baritone

Jonathan Johnson, Tenor

Jacksonville Symphony Chorus

HANDELMessiah

“The greatest story ever told…the most majestic music ever conceived.” The Jacksonville Symphony, guest soloists and more than 100 voices from the Symphony Chorus present music’s most powerful message of faith in THE Messiah of the season.

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RECITALIST - Christmas Candlelight Concert St. Louis Bach Society
Dec
11
7:30 PM19:30

RECITALIST - Christmas Candlelight Concert St. Louis Bach Society

Create the perfect tradition for your family this holiday season with the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra. Special guests include The St. Louis Children’s Choirs directed by Barbara Berner, and legendary jazz singer Denise Thimes. Mendelssohn’s angelic cantata “Vom Himmel hoch”, featuring soprano Emily Birsan and baritone Ian Greenlaw, opens the concert followed by familiar carols and the enchanting beloved candlelight processional.

St. Louis Bach Society - Christmas Candlelight Concert 

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SOLOIST - Illinois Philharmonic Handel's Messiah
Dec
8
3:00 PM15:00

SOLOIST - Illinois Philharmonic Handel's Messiah

Hallelujah!  Maestro Kirov ushers in the holiday season with this joyous masterpiece along with four special guests soloists and the heavenly Elmhurst Choral Union.

Stillan Kirov, Conductor

Elmhurst Choral Union

Emily Birsan, Soprano

Annie Rosen, Mezzo Soprano

Eric Ferring, Tenor

Bill McMurray, Bass

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RECITALIST - Leider Lounge with Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

RECITALIST - Leider Lounge with Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago

In observance of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice Day that ended the First World War, CAIC's Fall Lieder Lounge celebrates the many songs set by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler from the timeless collection of 19th-century German folk poetry, Des Knaben Wunderhorn  ("Youth's Magic Horn") in the years immediately preceding that conflict -- intertwined with classic poetry from the World War I generation, from poets both celebrated and forgotten.

Curated by former Chicago Opera Theater conductor Alexander Platt (Death in Venice, Nixon in China), the concert will feature Platt with soprano Emily Birsan, mezzo-soprano Julie Miller and baritone Ricardo Jose Rivera, the musicians of the Caroga Arts Collective, and the actor, writer and Iraq War veteran Benjamin Busch (Dust to Dust), who will read poems from British, German, and American poets of the WWI era. Wolfgang Renz, arranger for members of the Berlin Philharmonic, has specially produced a new set of instrumentations specifically for chamber orchestra, in order to be performed in the intimate grandeur of Symphony Center's Grainger Ballroom -- an historic, turn-of-the-century space in which Mahler himself would have felt at home. 

Mahler's songs, which resonate with the everyday life of the soldier, will chime with a specially-devised array of WW I poetry to form a truly unique and intimate experience of words and music -- neither overtly pacifist nor patriotic, but rather commemorating, in the immortal words of poet-martyr Wilfred Owen, the theme of "war, and the pity of war." 

PROGRAM

Gustav Mahler

selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

ARTISTS
Emily Birsan, soprano
Julie Miller, mezzo-soprano
Ricardo Jose Rivera, baritone
Benjamin Busch, narrator
Caroga Arts Ensemble
Alexander Platt, curator & conductor

Download a digital copy of the program booklet 
HERE

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VIOLETTA - La Traviata Martha Cardona Opera
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

VIOLETTA - La Traviata Martha Cardona Opera

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Semi Staged - With English Supertitles
Conductor: Gregory Ortega
With the Martha Cardona Opera Orchestra

TICKET INFORMATION
$40 ($75 for premium seating)
$30 for Seniors and Students

Please CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online, or call (212) 501-3330.

“Best of all was sopranoBirsan, whose exquisitely floated tones above the staff provided the most beautiful vocal moments of the evening in her enchanting portrayal of the title role.”Opera News

“The spry-voiced sopranoEmily Birsanwas a delightful and streetwise Susanna, and her skeptical look of disgust toward the slimier male characters brought the house down in laughter more than once... all that needed to be communicated was written on her face.”The Boston Globe (The Marriage of Figaro)

"Jonathan Tetelman, fresh from his last minute performance at Tanglewood's "La Boheme" in July - where his Rodolfo was all you could ask for - shined even more here...his voice (at age 28, mind you) promises that this is just the beginning of what may be a great career, and definitely a tenor to pay attention to." -Operawire(Il Duca)

"The real treat, however, came in the Duke sung by the tenorJonathan Tetelman, memorable as a last-minute replacement for Piotr Beczala in Tanglewood's concert performance of "La Boheme" last month. I was lucky to catch him then, and it was even better seeing him up close in a small theater: The guy's a total star. He provided one of the show's highlights: "La donna e mobile," delivered in a shiny space-cape that would have made David Bowie jealous." -NY Times

"Sunday's matinee was dominated by the remarkable performance ofEthan Simpsonas De Rocher...singing with a strong voice and bringing searing dramatic intensity to the role...Ethan Simpson is clearly a gifted artist we will be hearing more from." -Chicago Classical Review

"The most completely realized performance came fromEthan Simpson... As the jealous Count di Luna, he deployed flawless legato in "Il balen del suo sorisso", Luna’s fervent paean to lady-in-waiting Leonora, capping the aria with an exquisite high G that seemed to float in the air for several minutes" -Broadstreet Review

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Toy Stories
Jun
18
to Jun 24

Toy Stories

BDDS 27th SEASON | TOY STORIES

Emily Birsan will be a resident soprano with the Bach Dynamite and Dancing Festival. Chamber music series includes a variety of classical repertoire.  

Performance information TBA

June 18-24th, Madison, WI

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BBC Symphony Wales
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

BBC Symphony Wales

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BBC Symphony Wales - Concert Bernstein June 15

Fri 15 Jun 2018

19:30

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

Feet will be tapping and fingers will be clicking in Bernstein's glittering music for the stage, as we join the celebrations for the composer’s centenary.

Programme

Composers

Leonard Bernstein

Three Dance Episodes from “On the Town”

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – Take Care of This House

What a Movie! (Trouble in Tahiti)

Clarinet Sonata

Aaron Copland

El salón México

Leonard Bernstein

Candide – overture

Stephen Sondheim

Night Waltzes (A Little Night Music)

Leonard Bernstein

Candide – Glitter and Be Gay

Fancy Free

 

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Illuminarts Miami
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Illuminarts Miami

A Female Force: Ana Mendieta

April 26, 2018 7:00PM

De la Cruz Collection

23 NE 41st Street

Miami, FL  33137

FREE with RSVP

IlluminArts will present “A Female Force”: a program inspired by the work of celebrated Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta at the De la Cruz Collection. Mendieta's work was largely autobiographical and focused on themes including nature, life, death, identity, place and belonging. Her art provides a wealth of inspiration that will be illuminated through a musical program focusing on works of female composers performed by female musicians. Using elements of multimedia, this performance event will break the norm of how classical music is consumed by today’s audiences, and provide a unique experience for Miami’s community. In her own words, “My art is the way I re-establish the bonds that unite me to the universe. It is a return to the maternal source.”

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A Night at the Opera
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

A Night at the Opera

Experience the Music featuring some of your favorite melodies, and starring one of America’s leading tenors, Lawrence Brownlee, with artists from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center of the Lyric Opera of Chicago - Emily BirsanJesse DonnerWill Liverman, and Lindsay Metzger - and the acclaimed Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Sommerville, conductor. 

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni, Welsh National Opera
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni, Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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BERG - Seven Early Songs  Rochester Philharmonic
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

BERG - Seven Early Songs Rochester Philharmonic

Ward Stare, conductor
Emily Birsan, soprano

BERG  Seven Early Songs
MAHLER  Symphony No. 4

No symphony begins as beguilingly, none casts such an exquisite spell. Step inside the magical world of Mahler’s Fourth, famous for its ethereal sleigh bells, time-altering beauty, and child’s dream of heaven. The stage is set with Alban Berg’s dreamy, rapturous art songs which drift through wondrous landscapes of silver-lit nights and sweet summer breezes.

Join conductors and special guests for a free, fun, and lively discussion about the music before each Philharmonics Series concert. Talks start one hour before the concert and end with ample time for you to refresh before the concert begins. Talks are held on the orchestra level of the Eastman Theatre.

Join conductors and special guests for a free, fun, and lively discussion about the music before each Philharmonics Series concert. Talks start one hour before the concert and end with ample time for you to refresh before the concert begins. Talks are held on the orchestra level of the Eastman Theatre.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Feb
23
7:15 PM19:15

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

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Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Feb
16
7:15 PM19:15

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

  • Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Feb
11
4:00 PM16:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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