2014 - 2015 Opera on the Couch

 
 
 
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2014 – 2015 Opera on the Couch

Partenope

PARTENOPE

Disguises and cross-dressing reveal deep truths about the human heart in Handel’s brilliantly entertaining comedy about Queen Partenope and her three royal suitors, which features one of his greatest scores. In his Olivier Award-winning production, director Christopher Alden moves the action to 1920s Paris, and the results are never less than riveting. Baroque music specialist, Julian Wachner, leads a superb cast featuring Danielle de Niese, “A voice seductive enough to woo gods as well as mortals” (The New York Times); David Daniels (Xerxes, 2011), who has a dramatic flair especially well-suited to Handel’s bursts of vengeance or frenzy” (The New York Times); and Daniela Mack, “a purringly elegant BMW of a singer” (Daily Telegraph, London).

November 2, 2014
Discussants: Israel Katz, MD and Milton Schaefer, PhD

La Boheme

LA BOHÉME

When an aspiring poet falls in love with a fragile seamstress, their intense passion is only matched by their youthful idealism. Can their tender relationship survive the cruelties of life? John Caird, the director of two of the biggest stage hits of recent years, Les Misérables and Nicholas Nickleby, brings his unique touch to this new production of Puccini’s beloved opera. Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi leads two superb casts. One is headed by the “warm, luminous tone and urgently communicative phrasing” (TheClassicalReview.com) of Greek soprano Alexia Voulgaridou in her Company debut, the “intensely expressive” Michael Fabiano (The New York Times) and Nadine Sierra, whose commanding artistry inspires “awe and delight” (San Francisco Chronicle). The other features Leah Crocetto, “a major operatic star” (San Francisco Chronicle), “stylish and brilliant” young tenor Giorgio Berrugi (Examiner.com) and the “passionately lyrical” Ellie Dehn (The New York Times).

December 7, 2014
Discussants; Jeanne Harasemovitch, LCSW and Marc Zussman, MD

The Marriage of Figaro

 

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

Mozart's warmest, wisest opera is one of the composer’s most graceful creations—a tender comedy in which a countess and her servant join forces to punish her aristocrat husband for his philandering. In the process, two very different couples learn humbling lessons about life and love. The cast is led by Philippe Sly as Figaro, a “gifted and accomplished” singer who has “the ability to combine virility and tenderness in a single phrase” (San Francisco Chronicle). Luca Pisaroni, known for his “impressive natural gifts” and “masterful intelligence and taste” (Opera News) is the lecherous Count, with the charismatic Nadine Sierra as his Countess and Lisette Oropesa as Figaro’s saucy love Susanna. Patrick Summers, whose Figaro was celebrated for its “dramatic pace, musical discernment and unfailing good taste” (Sydney Morning Herald), conducts.

June 14, 2015
Discussants: Steven Goldberg, PhD and Victor Bonfilio, PhD

Two Women

 

TWO WOMEN

The cruelty of war, the loss of innocence and the intense love of a mother for her daughter make for moving drama in this world premiere—based on a novel that was adapted into a classic movie starring Sophia Loren. As the Allies invade Italy toward the end of World War II, a strong-willed widow and her 16-year-old daughter flee Rome for the nearby mountains in a vain attempt to find safety. Nicola Luisotti conducts the lushly expressive score by Italian composer Marco Tutino, whose work is “a joyful discovery...I hope we hear more of his music soon” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Francesca Zambello directs the outstanding cast, which is led by the “extraordinary” Anna Caterina Antonacci, known for her “intelligent and charismatic artistry” (The New York Times).

June 28, 2015
Discussants: Reyna Cowan, PsyD, LCSW and Catherine Mallouh, MD

 

 

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