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Victor Ullmann’s “Der Keiser von Atlantis” production receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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We are happy to announce that Connecticut Lyric Opera and the Virtuosi’s production of Victor Ullmann’s “Der Keiser von Atlantis” scheduled for March of 2019 received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Production will be directed by Michael Philip Davis. We will announce cast, dates, and other details very soon.  

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Jazz Cross-Over with songwriter Emma Rae

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The Connecticut Virtuosi will  perform music from the popular film series, and some jazz standards with the singer and song writer Emma Rae. – Fri. March 22 / 8 pm / New Britain First Church Of Christ Congregational (830 Corbin Ave) Sun. March 24 / 4 pm / Hartford Cyril and Methodius Church, Hartford (55…

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Dec. 16 CCSU Polish Studies Christmas Concert with Moniuszko Choir

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This concert is presented by: Possessing a vocal artistry and stage presence capable of “transfixing audiences with moments of opera magic,” soprano, Jūratė Švedaitė, has performed on four continents with organizations such as the Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Prolirica de Antioquia (Colombia), Kaunas (Lithuania) Chamber…

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“Music is a universal language that connects people…” – Emma Rae

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“I love that music is a universal language that connects people and that it evolves with our changing world. Most of all I love that it is a way to communicate. Sometimes you need more than words to say what’s on your mind, and music is a way to make people hear it.” ~ Emma…

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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: Daniel Juarez ESCAMILLIO: Justin Ryan (Nov. 9, 18), Ivan Konrad (Nov. 11, 17) MICHAELA: Jurate Svedaite (Nov. 11, 18), Mary McCue (Nov. 9, 17) ZUNIGA: Daniel Klein FRASQUITA: Chelsea…

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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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