12/31/12 Concert Virtuosi Chamber Orch. – “New Year’s Eve”

ARCHIVE RECORD OF THE PAST EVENT

Trinity-On-Main Arts Center 69 Main Street, New Britain
Concert Program:
Songs Arias & Duets By Tosti, Rossini, Weill, Schubert, Hrebinka, Lehar,
With Chris Lucier, Tenor & Brooke Larimer, Mezzo-Soprano
Respighi: “Antiche Danze Et Arie Per Liuto”, Suite No.3
Sbaco: “Milonga Para Orquestra De Cuerdas”
Waltzes By J. Strauss

6:00 p.m. Champagne Reception
with Mike Platosz – And His Accordion
6:30 p.m. Concert

Christopher Lucier, tenor, is a recent MM graduate of Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Program. During his time at Manhattan School of Music he was featured as Il Duca in Rigoletto, Azael in L’Enfant Prodigue and Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro which Opera News declared was “consistently amusing.” Chris also portrayed Roger Doremus is Lee Hoiby’s Summer and Smoke, a performance that the New York Times hailed as a “standout.” The Albany Records recording of the performance was named by Opera News as one of the 10 best Opera Recordings of 2011. As a young artist at the Chautauqua Music Festival Chris has sung Sam Polk in Carlysle Floyd’s Susannah and most recently Judge Danforth in The Crucible by Robert Ward as well as feature roles is operas by Monteverdi, Ravel, Offenbach and Mozart. The opera-blog Parterre Box, run by New York Post critic James Jorden, says of Chris’s voice, “What you hear from him is wonderful, he has a large and beautiful lyric voice, perfectly suited for bel canto roles.”

Hailed for her “convincing physical realization of character” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), mezzo-soprano Brooke Larimer just returned from the Armel Festival and Competition in Szeged, Hungary where she sang the role of Aunt Sadie in the European premiere of William Mayer’s A Death in the Family produced by Center for Contemporary Opera. The opera, under the direction of Róbert Alföldi, was awarded both Best Production and Audience Favorite. Other recent engagements include: Ursule (cover) in Opera Boston’s Béatrice et Bénédict, Dritte Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Emilia in Verdi’s Otello and Mercédès in Carmen, all with Connecticut Lyric Opera, Mrs. Soames in Rorem’s Our Town with Raylynmor Opera Company; Jenny in Weill’s The Threepenny Opera with Commonwealth Opera; Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel with Longwood Opera. She has been seen as a Young Artist with Natchez Festival of Music and Opera New Jersey (formerly NJOT) and holds degrees from The Boston Conservatory and Vanderbilt University.

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