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Post from our Friends at the Boston Lyric Opera

July 31, 2013
Boston Lyric Opera Music Director David Angus conducts the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the DCR Hatch Shell in a special program entitled A Little Magic Flute & Birthday Celebration for Verdi, Wagner and Britten.  It will  feature selections from BLO’s upcoming season productions, including  a preview of the all Boston-rooted cast for the October world premiere of BLO’s new English adaptation of Mozart’s beloved opera, The Magic Flute. The program also includes homages to composers Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, and Benjamin Britten, who this year celebrate milestone birthdays.

“Music is unity,” said Esther Nelson, BLO General & Artistic Director. “We begin our season not only with a world premiere re-imagination of Mozart’s Magic Flute, but with a celebration of the wealth of artistic talent with local Boston roots. We’re proud to preview our home-grownMagic Flute cast at this year’s concert with Boston Landmarks Orchestra as we embark on our exciting 2013/14 season.”

The concert begins with the overture and opening scene of Mozart’s Magic Flute; a performance of “Casta Diva” from Bellini’s Norma by soprano and BLO Emerging Artist, Michelle Trainor; the Duke/Gilda duet, “Caro Nome,” “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata,” and the Quartet from Verdi’s Rigoletto, featuring soprano/BLO Emerging Artist Chelsea Basler, mezzo soprano Sandra Piques Eddy, tenor Zach Borichevsky, and baritone James Demler. The concert’s second half includes Siegfried’s death and funeral music from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung (Twilightof the Gods), the last in the composer’s cycle of four operas titled Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung); the ladies quartet from Britten’s Peter Grimes; and Isabella’s aria from Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers). The program concludes with more selections from Mozart’s Magic Flute, including the quintet from Act I, Papageno’s suicide aria, the Papageno/Pagagena duet, and the Act I finale featuring the company. 

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