Verdi Opera Favorites Concert
Sung in original
language with English surtitles
August 11, 2006 at 8:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
301 S. Fourth St.
I, Gilda and Rigoletto aria and duet,
"Pari siamo" through "Ah!
Veglia, oh donna"
ACT II, Rigoletto aria, "Cortigiani"
ACT III, Duke aria, "La donna e mobile"
ACT III, Quartet, "Bella figlia
I, Leonora aria, "Tacea la
ACT II, Anvil Chorus
ACT II, Azucena aria, "Stride la
ACT III, Count di Luna aria, "Il
balen del suo sorriso"
ACT III, Manrico aria, "Di quella
ACT IV Azucena and Manrico aria, "Si,
I, Violetta and Alfredo duet, with chorus
ACT I, Violetta aria, "Ah, fors'e
lui Sempre libera"
ACT II, Germont aria, "Di provenza"
ACT III, Fight scene with full company
Un ballo in maschera
ACT II, Amelia and Riccardo aria and duet,
"Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa"
and "Teco io sto (non sai tu che
ACT III Renato aria, "Eri tu"
III, Filippo aria, "Ella giammia
ACT III, Eboli aria, "O don fatale"
CHORUS, "Va pensiero"
Opera Favorites Concert
Sung in original language with English
August 13, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
301 S. Fourth St.
Marriage of Figaro
to The Marriage of Figaro for octet
I, Figaro and Susanna duet, "Cinque,
ACT I, Figaro and Susanna duet, "Se
a caso madama la notte ti chiama"
ACT I, Figaro aria, "Se vuol ballare
ACT I, Cherubino aria, "Non so più
cosa son, cosa faccio"
ACT II, Countess aria, "Porgi amor
ACT III, The Count's aria, "Hai già
vinta la causa"
Così fan tutte
to Così fan tutte for octet
I, Fiordiligi, Dorabella, and Don Alfonso
trio, "Soave sia il vento"
ACT I, Dorabella aria, "Smanie implacabili
ACT II, Fiordiligi and Dorabella duet,
"Prenderò quel brunettino"
ACT II, Gugliemo and Dorabella duet, "Il
core vi dono"
to The Magic Flute for octet
I, Papageno and Pamina duet, "Bei
Mannern, welche lieve fuhlen"
ACT II, Papageno and Papagena duet, "Pa-pa-ge-na!.
. . Pa-pa-ge-no!"
Oboe Quartet in F, K. 370
- Rondeau (Allegro)
Todd (soprano). Ms.
Todd's recent performances in Nixon
in China with Minnesota Opera as Madame
Mao caused quite a stir. The Pioneer Press
wrote that "the energy in the Ordway spikes
when Helen Todd takes the stage as Mao's
wife, Chiang Ch'ing. There are no bad
voices in the company, but when Todd's
crystalline soprano rips into a politically
charged aria, it's like she's grabbing
each individual in the audience by the
shoulders and giving them a good shake."
In 2003, Ms. Todd earned national media
attention in The New York Times, Wall
Street Journal and USA Today for her portrayal
of Aunt Lydia in Minnesota Opera's The
Handmaid's Tale. Ms. Todd performed
the role again in the Canadian premiere
at Canadian Opera Company in Toronto in
2004. The National Post of Canada wrote
that "Ruders has placed Aunt Lydia . .
. in a long line of hysterical, sexually
repressed operatic women who sing the
glass-shattering range of the Queen of
the Night. Helen Todd did a superb job,
her eyes gleaming with a fanaticsm that
was truly scary." Ms. Todd's many roles
include Queen of the Night with New York
City Opera, Violetta in La traviata
with Minnesota Opera, Gilda in Rigoletto
with Calgary Opera, and Lucia in Lucia
di Lammermoor with Opera Illinois,
among many others.
Dutton (mezzo-soprano). Acclaimed
for her "rich and sonorous sound"
(Pravo Newspaper, Czech Republic), mezzo-soprano
Jane Dutton is in demand for operatic
and concert engagements internationally.
Regularly engaged by the Metropolitan
Opera, during her sixth season on the
roster, Miss Dutton performed as Jordan
Baker in John Harbison's The Great
Gatsby, which was conducted by James
Levine. Her performances in past seasons
have ranged from Stephano in Roméo
et Juliette conducted by Bertrand
de Billy, to Mrs. Gleaton in the Metropolitan
Opera premiere of Carlisle Floyd's Susannah,
conducted by James Conlon. She was also
responsible for roles in Ariadne auf
naxos, Lulu, Madama Butterfly,
Rigoletto and in Wagner's Ring
Cycle. She recently added the Composer
in Ariadne auf naxos to her repertoire
in her first engagement at the San Francisco
Opera and was reengaged for Sonjetka in
Johannes Schaaf's acclaimed production
of Shostakovitch's Lady Macbeth of
the Mtsensk, conducted by Donald Runnicles.
She made her debut at the Tokyo Opera
Nomori in Robert Carsen's production of
Elektra, with performances conducted
by Seiji Ozawa.
Mr. Youngblood received praise for his recent
performances of Rigoletto at Virginia Opera
where the Daily Press wrote "Youngblood's
rich voice with its dark tones suggested
the bitterness Rigoletto feels trapped in
the duke's employ," while the Washington
Post wrote that "Rigoletto (was) brilliantly
sung and acted by Grant Youngblood." Engagements
for Mr. Youngblood during the 2005-06 season
include both the title role in Rigoletto
and Ashby in La fanciulla del West
with Florida Grand Opera; Scarpia in Tosca
with Orlando Opera; Amonasro in Aida
with L'Opéra de Montréal; Marcello in La
bohème with New York City Opera; Germont
in La traviata with Virginia Opera;
and Escamillo in Carmen with Pensacola
Opera. Engagements for Mr. Youngblood during
the 2006-07 season include Michele in Il
tabarro at L'Opéra de Montréal, Sharpless
in Butterfly at New York City Opera,
Count di Luna in Il trovatore at
Opera Delaware, as well as Germont in La
traviata at Central City Opera.
Hayes (tenor). American tenor Michael
Hayes is well known for his exciting portrayals
of dramatic tenor roles. Career highlights
have included Don José in Carmen
with New York City Opera and Florida Grand
Opera; Cavaradossi in Tosca with
Florida Grand Opera, and Fort Worth Opera;
Radames in Aïda with Portland Opera;
the title role in Otello with Opéra
de Nantes; the title role in Les contes
d'Hoffmann and Erik in Der fliegende
Holländer with Fort Worth Opera;
title roles in Faust, Les contes
d'Hoffmann, and Werther with
Portland Opera; title roles in Les
contes d'Hoffmann and Faust
with Cleveland Opera; Calaf in Turandot
with Edmonton Opera and Virginia Opera;
Rodolfo in La bohème with
New York City Opera and Austria's Kamptal
Festival; Schwalb in Mathis der Mahler
and Danilo in The Merry Widow with
New York City Opera; fully-staged Das
Lied von der Erde with L'Opéra de
Rouen; the Duke in Rigoletto with
Cleveland Opera and Manitoba Opera; Tichon
in Katya Kabanova with Opera Theatre
of Saint Louis; title role in Otello
and Canio in Pagliacci with Washington
DC's Summer Opera Theatre; and Steva in
Jenufa with Sarasota Opera. Concert
highlights have included Radames in Aïda
with L'Orchestre National de Lyon and
Steva in Jenufa with Washington
Lau (bass). Mr. Lau continues to be
an audience favorite at Sugar Creek Symphony
& Song. Last summer, he wowed audiences
with his hilarious portrayal of Don Magnifico
in La cenerentola. Along with performing
at Sugar Creek in 2005, Mr Lau performed
the role of Wurm in Luisa Miller
for Washington Concert Opera, and Zuñiga
in Carmen with the Dallas Symphony.
His natural humor and playfulness were
also seen as PooBah in The Mikado
for Lake George Opera. In the fall of
2005, Mr. Lau returned to Atlanta Opera
as Dottore Grenvil in La traviata
and went to Anchorage Opera for his first
Mustafa in L'italiana in Algeri.
Also this past year, Mr. Lau appeared
as Don Magnifico in La cenerentola
for Louisville Opera, Don Bartolo in Il
barbiere di Siviglia for Syracuse
Opera and the West Virginia Symphony,
as well as Leporello in Don Giovanni
for Boheme Opera in Trenton, New Jersey.
Carolina general director and principal
conductor James Meena consistently receives
critical and public praise for his performances.
He has a special passion for the music of
Verdi, having conducted acclaimed performances
of Verdi's Falstaff, La traviata,
Macbeth, Nabucco, Aïda,
Rigoletto, and Il trovatore.
Maestro Meena has conducted such luminaries
as James McCracken, Mignon Dunn, Marilyn
Horne, Jerome Hines, Renee Fleming, Denyce
Graves, Jerry Hadley, Mark Delavan and Marcello
Giordani. Conducting highlights of recent
seasons include a new production of Le
nozze di Figaro for L'Opera de Montreal,
Nabucco, La bohème, Macbeth
and Samson et Dalilah for Opera Carolina,
and performances of Stravinsky's tour de
force, Le Sacre du Printemps, with
the National Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Meena
has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras
and opera companies in the United States
and Italy, the Orchestra della Toscana in
Florence, the Orchestra Teatro Massimo Bellini
in Catania, the Washington Opera, and Opera
Pacific. Mr. Meena has served as an assistant
conductor to Andre Previn, Gunther Schuller,
Michael Tilson Thomas, Anton Guadagno, and
Jarrell Urbanek (pianist). Ms. Jarrell
Urbanek is a pianist living in Charlotte,
North Carolina. She performs and accompanies
for Opera Carolina and Queens University
and freelances in the area. A Clevelander
for a time, Emily received her DMA from
the Cleveland Institute of Music and has
worked with Cleveland Opera, Sugar Creek
Symphony & Song, Lyric Opera Cleveland,
Washington Concert Opera, The OK Mozart
Festival, Akron Lyric Opera Theatre, and
Asheville Lyric Opera.