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SPANISH INQUISITION IN MIDDLETOWN Special to Town Times by Larry Kellum Not heard with any opera company in Connecticut since 1976, the CT Lyric Opera and its CT Virtuosi Orchestra presented Verdi’s colossal “Don Carlo” at the newly named Santo Fragilio Performing Arts Center in Middletown on May 11. As composers go, Verdi’s operas are…

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Greve Opera Academy and Musis Festival

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Soprano Katia Riccarelli will be joining the 2019 edition of the Greve Opera Academy. Greve Opera Academy & Music Festival is for young opera singers who seek the opportunity to perform leading roles in fully staged opera productions with a professional orchestra. We focus on providing artistic excellence combined with the practical professional experience. The…

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Andrew Costello, Heldenbariton

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Mr. Costello brings with him a wealth of performance experience, having sung more than twenty-five leading operatic roles in the United States and Europe. His accomplishments range from the baroque music of Monteverdi to the advanced tonalities of contemporary opera. Critics have consistently recognized his outstanding talent: “First and foremost is Andrew Costello, a fabulous…

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Nathan Anthony Resika, Bass

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Bass Nathan Resika is delighted to return to Connecticut Lyric Opera to make his debuts as both the Grand Inquisitor (opening night) and the Monk( 3 other shows). His Past Ct.Lyric Engagements were as Leporello(Don Giovanni) and Daland( Flying Dutchman) in 2013, and as Il Commendatore( Don Giovanni)way back in 2006. Nathan’s favorite repertoire includes…

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STEFAN SZKAFAROWSKY, Bass

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STEFAN SZKAFAROWSKY, known for his beautiful bass voice and his impeccable vocal technique. Mr. Szkafarowsky has sung not only at the Met, but at many well-known opera houses in the United States and abroad, including such venues as the LA Opera, Virginia Opera, Seattle Opera, Dallas, Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Colorado, Florida Grand…

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May 31, June 2
Music of Revolutions

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In Program: Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major for violin and viola Shostakovich: String Symphony No. 8, op.110 Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) – Concert program exploring music that reflected milestone events of social change. Virtuosi will present pieces that inspired or expressed progress, equality, human rights, and all human values we now take for…

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May 10, 11, 17, 26
DON CARLO
by Giuseppe Verdi

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“Don Carlo, one of the most enigmatic, yet profoundly beautiful operas Giuseppe Verdi ever composed. The story takes place in the mid-1500s, at the time of the Spanish Inquisition, and it’s loosely based on historical characters and events. The title character is the son of Spain’s King Phillip II, and he is clearly both bewitched…

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March 28 & 31
“Der Keiser
von Atlantis”
by Victor Ullmann

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Connecticut Lyric Opera is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Artworks has awarded a grant in the amount of $24,000 for “To support the presentation and tour of The Emperor of Atlantis (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) by Composer Viktor Ullmann and related community engagement programming.” – Ullmann was born into the converted…

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March 22 & 24
Songwriter
Emma Rae
Jazz Cross-Over

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The Connecticut Virtuosi and our students will perform music from the popular film series, and jazz standards with the singer and songwriter 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…

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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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January 12 Brunilda Myftaraj in Violin Solo recital

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In program: Johann Sebastian Bach – Partitas for solo violin: Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006 About the Artist Albanian-American violinist Brunilda Myftaraj has drawn enthusiastic accolades from audiences as well as critical acclaim for her masterful…

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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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