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Tenor Christopher Lucier Praised as a “stand-out” by the New York Times

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Praised as a “stand-out” by the New York Times, tenor Christopher Lucier is in increasing demand as an operatic and concert artist. 2016’s operatic season began with a “wonderfully sung” RIGOLETTO (Duca) with Hubbard Hall Opera. For the fourth consecutive year he brought his original hour of opera and comedy to Southern New England along…

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Tamra Grace Jones – Musician, Storyteller, Artist, Soprano

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Tamra Grace Jones is a Boston-based soprano with a passion for communication through song. She aims to tell the beautiful and timeless story of the human experience. She recently joined the Connecticut Lyric Opera Young Artist Program. She has won silver at the Vancouver International Music Competition and received top vocalist from the Philharmonic Society…

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Introducing the cast of CARMEN Production

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Truly outstanding cast of singers will be joining the CLO and the CVCO for it’s upcoming production of CARMEN.   CARMEN: Tamra Grace Jones DON JOSE: Christoper Lucier ESCAMILLIO: Justin Ryan MICHAELA: Frederique Bosz, Mary McCue ZUNIGA: Daniel Klein FRASQUITA: Chelsea Pall, MERCEDES: Rebecca Batista de Almeida, Sara Trenner

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Carmen by G. Bizet

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Carmen by G. Bizet Bizet’s immortal opera, Carmen, is without doubt one of the most well-known and beloved operas in the repertory today, and was the first opera CLO presented more than a decade ago. Set in Seville, the opera deals with the love and jealousy of Don José, who is lured away from his…

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2018-2019 Season

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Rhapsody in Blue & Rakastava

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Jean Sibelius: Rakastava (The Lover) George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue Featuring Batia Steinbock-Lorenzen, piano Josef Suk: Serenade, Op.6 – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 2018 | 8:00 PM | FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, CONGREGATIONAL >>> 830 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT 06052 – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 2018 | 8:00 PM | CYRIL AND METHODIUS CHURCH >>> 55 Charter Oak Ave,, Hartford, CT 06106 Born in…

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Batia Steinbock Lorenzen

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Born in Warsaw, Batia Steinbock Lorenzen moved to Israel at the age of one, and began her piano studies at the age of five with Irina Zarizkaia, winner of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Mrs. Steinbock Lorenzen studied at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music and at the Hochschule für Musik, Berlin. Among her main…

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Giulio Cesare – Virtuosi Summer Institute Opera

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Thu, August 23, Tunxis Community College, Farmington, CT DescriptionCesare- Allison Waggener Cleopatra- Hana Omori Sesto- Rachel Abrams Cornelia – Julie Rumbold Tolomeo- Kateryna Diachenko Nireno/ body guard- Sara Trenner Curio/ body guard- Letitia Stevens BUY TICKETS NOW Sell tickets online with Ticketleap Sun, August 26, 2p, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St, Hartford, CT…

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2018 Virtuosi Summer Music Festival at Tunxis College

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Friday, August 10 – 7pm Tunxis Community College 271 Scott Swamp Rd, Farmington, CT RECITAL: Beethoven: Sonatas no. 4, 5, 6 Brunilda Myftaraj, violin, Blake Hansen, piano Tuesday, August 14 – 7pm Tunxis Community College 271 Scott Swamp Rd, Farmington, CT OPERA YAP RECITAL Wednesday, August 15 – 7pm Tunxis Community College 271 Scott Swamp…

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2018 Virtuosi Summer Music Institute

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www.institute.thevirtuosi.org Welcome to 2018 Summer Music Institute Institute Program is open to instrumental students ages 8-21. Opera Institute is open to young opera singers.  This year’s focus is on music of Mendelssohn, Schubert and Handel.

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Highlights from 2018 Greve Opera Academy

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GREVE 2018 L’orchestra barocca in Inghilterra e in Germania

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Chamber Orchestral music from England & Germany: Music of Purcell & J. S. Bach

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Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra Concludes Concert Season With “An American Dream”

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By Ethan Sadoian – The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra will close out its 2017-2018 concert season on the first weekend of June with “An American Dream,” a concert of music by American composers. – A featured highlight of the program will be Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s “Symposium,” for violin soloist and orchestra. “Unfortunately, this…

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Conversation with Stage Director Jan Mason

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Rafal LEWANDOWSKI combines in his playing the Polish and French piano traditions.

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Rafal LEWANDOWSKI combines in his playing the Polish and French piano traditions. He has performed on concert stages across Europe (France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Croatia, Poland, Denmark, Austria), and frequently plays in the USA. Rafael Lewandowski graduated from the Academy of Music in Gdansk, Poland. In 1995 he won a scholarship to attend a master-class…

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Steven Fredericks, bass-baritone

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Steven Fredericks, bass-baritone ​represents the complete package of an artistically satisfying performer. Hailed for his “robust” singing with “great emotional depth” he has made his mark with some of opera’s most celebrated roles. Fredericks’ impressive repertory spans all styles and represents his versatility as a performer. From favorite Puccini roles, Colline and Timur, to the…

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Galina Ivannikova, contralto

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Galina Ivannikova is critically acclaimed for her rich, lustrous voice as much as passionate dramatic portrayals. Bruce Michael Gelbert of the NY Art Review raved about her “ her timbre ruby in color, her chest register aptly gusty and her emotional pitch perfect”, “big, glorious Verdi voice in the Golden Age tradition.” Her signature role…

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Bass Stefan Szkafarowsky returns to CLO

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Bass Stefan Szkafarowsky has been praised for the beautiful quality of his bass voice as well as for his impeccable technique. Here in the 2017 -2018 season Stefan will make his debut with the Virginia Opera Company singing the role of The Old Hebrew in their production of Samson and Delilah. Stefan returns to the…

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Jurate Svedaite, soprano from Lithuania

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Possessing a vocal artistry and stage presence capable of “transfixing audiences with moments of opera magic,” Lithuanian soprano, Jūratė Švedaitė, has performed throughout Europe and the United States with the Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra, the European Baroque Festival Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Kaunas Chamber Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Ensemble “Lietuva,” and…

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Belgian‐Israeli soprano Frederique Bosz

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The Belgian‐Israeli soprano FREDERIQUE BOSZ first studied piano for 5 years at the conservatory of Antwerp. She began her singing and opera education at the conservatory of Maastricht (the Netherlands) and interrupted this study to work with the Hungarian mezzo‐soprano Ibolya Palatinus in Germany and with Iris Adami‐Corradetti in Padova, Italy. Next she studied for…

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