UVM LANE SERIES & GREEN MOUNTAIN OPERA FESTIVAL PRESENT "OPERA EXTRAVAGANZA: A GALA PERFORMANCE"
The UVM Lane Series and the Green Mountain Opera Festival are combining forces to present an elegant evening of arias, duets, and ensembles performed by world-renowned artists from the opera realm. “Opera Extravaganza: A Gala Performance” will take place in the acoustically superb UVM Recital Hall on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm and will be followed by a reception with the artists.
Seventeen world-class singers will perform arias, duets, and ensembles large and small from several great operas, including La Bohème, Don Pasquale, La Traviata, Pearl Fishers, and other jewels of the operatic repertoire. Featured artists include world-renowned stars Richard Troxell and Mary Dunleavy. This is a rare opportunity to hear these extraordinary operatic voices live in an intimate setting. Audience members will be able to meet and mingle with these famous singers following the performance at an elegant champagne and dessert reception.
The Green Mountain Opera Festival, now in its 7th year, is a festival based in the Mad River Valley (Central Vermont). It has built a reputation as one of New England's premier opera producers, with audience members coming from Montreal, Boston, New Hampshire, and throughout Vermont. The festival presents professional opera productions at the historic Barre Opera House and several performances at other venues in the Mad River Valley. The organization's mission is to enrich the cultural scene of Vermont by consistently presenting high quality professional opera productions and concerts. Spanning almost the entire month of June (June 3-24), festival activities include an Emerging Artist Program, free open rehearsals, various concerts both operatic and broadway style, free master classes with renown opera stars and of course a fully staged, costumed opera production accompanied by the Green Mountain Opera Orchestra and Chorus. (Learn more at greenmountainoperafestival.com).
The UVM Lane Series is a presenting arts organization based at the University of Vermont. Presenting approximately 25 concerts from September through May, the Lane Series features a diverse roster of performers from the classical, vocal, film, theatre, jazz, folk, and traditional music fields. Each year brings a variety of artists — from established international favorites to promising new talent. Established in 1955 with a generous gift from the Lane family, the Series enjoys an international reputation as a presenter of chamber and classical music. The organization's mission is to enrich the cultural life of the University of Vermont and the wider community by sponsoring performances of the highest merit by nationally and internationally known artists in the world of music, performance, and theatre; by integrating artistic performances into the educational programs of the University and the community; and by building audiences of all ages for its varied programs, thus enhancing the effectiveness of a major University and community cultural resource.
Tickets for this very special evening of opera music are $50 each and can be purchased through the UVM Lane Series at uvm.edu/laneseries and at 802-656-4455 or through the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts at flynntix.org. Media support is graciously provided by Vermont Public Radio.
GMOF celebrates its seventh season with a production of Puccini’s most beloved opera, La Bohème. The tragic love story set in bohemian Paris of the 1850s will feature international soprano Mary Dunleavy as the silk flower maker Mimì, and tenor Richard Troxell (Don José, Carmen 2011) as the poet Rodolfo.
Richard Troxell's beautiful lyric tenor voice has been thrilling audiences wherever he has sung on stages around the world and in the United States. His vocal artistry and powerful stage presence have set him apart from the others, and his ability to connect with an audience earns "bravos" and standing ovations wherever he appears. Personable, charming and very approachable, Troxell is always a crowd favorite.
Soprano Mary Dunleavy continues to receive critical and popular acclaim for her performances with many of the world's leading opera houses and orchestras. Her gallery of operatic heroines is led by her signature role, Violetta in La Traviata, seen thus far in over 65 performances in venues throughout the world.
"Mr. Troxell lent conviction and dignity to this role with his clear, steady voice, creating, even in these excerpts a considerable amount of sympathy for his character."
"Dunleavy's honeyed voice resembles that of Renee Fleming. Her girlish qualities are stronger than they seem (as was probably also true of Pauline Strauss, for whom her husband wrote so many of his loveliest songs), and she has no problem riding the full blast of a lush orchestra."