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Opera Manhattan Announces 2012 Opera Festival

Opera Manhattan presents a riveting lineup of performances for its annual opera festival including an encore performance of the critically acclaimed La Voix Humaine, and two new productions of The Medium and Suor Angelica.

 
PRLog - Mar. 26, 2012 - MANHATTAN, N.Y. -- Following the critical acclaim of February’s trio of monodramas themed ‘Women on the Verge’, Opera Manhattan is proud to announce the 2012 Opera Festival.  Three riveting operas and a special performance of arias and ensembles presented by Opera Manhattan’s Artist Development Program will be presented from May 17 – 21 at the historic Theatre of St. Clement’s.

Opera Manhattan will reprise Poulenc’s monodrama La Voix Humaine.  Based on a 1930 play by Jean Cocteau, the one act opera follows the agonizing phone conversation between a young woman and her former lover as she desperately tries to win back his love. First presented by Opera Manhattan during ‘Women on the Verge’, La Voix Humaine will return featuring the original cast in alternate performances.  Kala Maxym, whose performance “had a fearful kind of dignity, even at her most frantic.  The warmth of Maxym’s soprano conveyed a tenderness more terrifying than fury’; and Roza Tulyaganova who ‘gave a pointed, convincing portrait of this young woman's breakdown, from the desperate pleas to her lover to evocations of their tender past.’

The idea for Menotti’s opera The Medium was first conjured up during a séance the composer attended with friends in 1936.   A psychologically complex tale of a fraudulent medium Flora, portrayed by Caroline Tye and Elizabeth Moulton in alternate performances.  The deception and hysterics of Madame Flora are boldly contrasted by the innocence of Monica, played by Opera Manhattan veterans Megan Candio and Mary Langston in alternate performances.

Suor Angelica is the moving story of a young woman from a noble family who becomes a cloistered nun.  Principessa, her malevolent aunt, played alternately by Sahoko Sato and Anna Yelirazova, visits her after seven years of silence and brings Angelica a shocking and life altering revelation. Featured in alternate performances in the title role is Junko Watanabe, who last appeared as Mimi in Opera Manhattan’s groundbreaking production of La Boheme; and Kristi Corie in her Opera Manhattan debut.  

For full details of Opera Manhattan’s 2012 Opera Festival visit our website at www.operamanhattan.com.  Additional information provided below.



Opera Manhattan’s 2012 Opera Festival

La Voix Humaine
by Francis Poulenc
Libretto by Jean Cocteau
Sung in French with English surtitles
May 17, 18, 19, 20
Music Director: Tristan Cano
Stage Director: Sarah Fraser
Elle: Kala Maxym/ Roza Tulyaganova

The Medium
by Gian Carlo Menotti
Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti
Sung in English with English surtitles
May 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Musical Director: Kathryn Olander
Stage Director: TBD
Monica: Megan Candio/ Mary Langston
Madame Flora: Elizabeth Moulton/ Caroline Tye

Suor Angelica
by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
May 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Musical Director: TBD
Stage Director: Sarah Fraser
Suor Angelica: Kristi Corie/ Junko Watanabe
La zia Principessa: Sahoko Sato/ Anna Yelirazova


Opera Manhattan’s mission is to serve and grow the culture of the New York metro area by empowering emerging artists with creative entrepreneurship through learned business skills and unique growth opportunities, offering a nurturing environment to produce and perform both popular and unusual operas themselves for the theater-going public and underserved communities- a company for artists by artists.

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Opera Manhattan’s mission is to serve and grow the culture of the New York metro area by empowering emerging artists with creative entrepreneurship through learned business skills and unique growth opportunities, offering a nurturing environment to produce and perform both popular and unusual operas themselves for the theater-going public and underserved communities- a company for artists by artists.

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