Fri, May 13, 2022 12:35 p.m
Artpark & Company announced “Opera in Concert at Artpark: Up Close and Personal” at the Mainstage Theater on Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. The performance is performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gil Rose, along with vocalist Danielle Talamantes (soprano). , Janna Baty (mezzo-soprano), Dominick Chenes (tenor) and Michael Chioldi (baritone).
According to a press release: “The programme, curated by Gil Rose, will delight experienced and casual opera music lovers alike with the most memorable melodies and moments of opera by Verdi, Bizet, Gounoud, Puccini and Rossini.”
Tickets cost $25 and are available now at the Artpark box office, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston; and ticketmaster.com.
Renowned opera producer, conductor and stage director Rose has been engaged for an extended residency at Artpark to explore the feasibility of new opera programming and the development of a strategic plan for an Artpark opera with a potential live production.
Artpark stated, “He is a musician who is helping to shape the future of classical music. Recognized by Opera News for his “sense of style and sophistication”, described as “an amazingly versatile conductor” by The Boston Globe and praised by the New York Times for conducting with “Admiral Command”, he has been called “one of the best”. most adventurous conductors in the world” by KUSC Radio. Over the past two decades he has built a reputation as one of the most imaginative and versatile conductors in the country. His dynamic performances on both the symphonic and operatic stages, as well as over 100 recordings, have garnered international critical acclaim.”
Among his numerous professional career accomplishments, he founded the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the premier professional orchestra dedicated solely to the performance and recording of symphonic music of the 20th and 21st centuries. BMOP has won 14 ASCAP awards for adventurous programming and was the first symphony orchestra to be selected as Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year in 2016.
Also in Boston, he introduced a new company to the operatic scene, Odyssey Opera, dedicated to the diverse and subpar operatic repertoire. Odyssey Opera has continued to garner universal acclaim for its annual festivals of compelling themes and unique programs that showcase fully staged operatic works and concert performances of overlooked grand opera masterpieces.
Rose has a busy schedule as a guest conductor on both the operatic and symphonic stages. He made his Tanglewood debut in 2002 and made his Holland Festival debut with the Netherlands Radio Symphony in 2003. He has conducted the American Composers Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the National Orchestra of Porto. In 2015 he made his Japanese debut as a substitute for Seiji Ozawa at the Matsumoto Festival and in 2016 he made his debut with the New York City Opera at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has since returned to City Opera in 2017 (as conductor and director) and in 2018 to conduct Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. In 2019 he made his debut conducting the Juilliard Symphony.
As an educator, he has served on the faculty at Tufts University and Northeastern University, and has worked with students at a variety of colleges including Harvard, MIT, the New England Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of California at San Diego. among other. He has three times curated the Fromm Concerts at Harvard and was the first curator of the Ditson Festival of Music at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art.
In 2007, Rose received Columbia University’s prestigious Ditson Award and an ASCAP Concert Music Award for his exemplary commitment to new American music. He is a six-time Grammy nominee, winning the 2020 Grammy for both conductor and producer in the Best Opera category. Learn more.
Talamantes recently had a role as Violetta in La Traviata at the Hawaii Opera Theatre. Recent appearances include roles in Bizet’s Carmen and Verdi’s Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera; Catán’s Il Postino with Virginia Opera; Beethoven’s “Fidelio” at the Princeton Festival; “La Traviata” with the Finger Lakes Opera; “La Bohème” with the St. Petersburg (Florida) Opera; the title role of Susannah with Opera Roanoke; “Don Giovanni” with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater; and a Spoleto Festival debut in Cavalli’s Veremonda. She also has several recordings on the MSR Classics label. Learn more.
Praised by the Boston Globe for “a rich, viola-like tone and a ravishing, luminous lyricism,” mezzo-soprano Baty has enjoyed an extraordinarily varied career as a mezzo-soprano and as an educator. She has sung with the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Daejeon Philharmonic, Hamburg State Opera, L’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, South Florida Symphony, Longwood Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá , Opera Theater of St. Louis, Eugene Opera, Opera North and Boston Lyric Opera. As a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist, she has appeared at festivals worldwide including the Aldeburgh and Britten Festival in England, the Varna Festival in Bulgaria, the Semanas Musicales de Frutillar Festival in Chile and the Tanglewood, Norfolk, Monadnock and Coastal Carolina Festivals in the USA Baty is proud of a long association with conductor Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. A graduate of Oberlin College and the Yale School of Music, she began her teaching career at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music in 2008. Learn more.
Chenes, lyrico-spinto tenor, has enjoyed great operatic success on some of the world’s greatest stages and under the musical direction of today’s finest conductors. Dominick’s recent works include: “Madame Butterfly” with the Opéra Royal Wallonie-Liège (2019); “I Masnadieri” at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (2019); “La Reine de Saba” with the Odyssey Opera (2018); and several roles with the Lyric Opera of Chicago under the direction of Rose; Seattle Opera in Madame Butterfly (2017); Opera Colorado and Hong Kong in La Bohème (2017). During his career, Chenes has had the privilege of working with the Palm Beach Opera, the New National Theater in Tokyo, the Opera på Skäret Festival in Sweden, the Austin Opera, the New Orleans Opera, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Minnesota Opera, the Utah Opera, Welsh, National Opera, the Reading Symphony and the San Francisco Opera. Learn more.
American baritone Chioldi has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most in-demand dramatic baritones of his generation, having garnered critical and audience acclaim for his performances of dramatic baritone roles by Verdi, Puccini and Strauss. His numerous works include the title roles in The Flying Dutchman, Rigoletto, Nabucco, Macbeth and Nixon in China, as well as Don Carlo, Il Trovatore, La Traviata and Andrea Chenier “. ‘, ‘Tosca’ and ‘Madama Butterfly’. He has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera and New York City Opera. He has also performed at almost every major American opera house, including San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Palm Beach Opera, New Orleans Opera, Michigan Opera Theater and Utah Opera. His performance of Sharpless in the New York City Opera production of Madama Butterfly was featured on the PBS television series Live from Lincoln Center, which won an Emmy in 2008. Internationally he has performed at the Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona, Opera de Oviedo in Spain and the Royal Opera House, Muscat. Learn more.
The singers are accompanied by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Rose. For more information on BPO, see Visit here.
The 2022 Artpark season is supported by: M&T Bank; Cullen Foundation; Labatt blue light; Bud Light; Southern Tier Brewing; Try it; National Endowment for the Arts; Parks and Trails New York; Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; New York Stage Council on the Arts; FACE Foundation; Mid-Atlantic Arts; and Northtown Automotive Companies.
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