Harrisburg Opera Association - 2008-2009

Season 2008-2009

A Celebration of the Music of Giuseppe Verdi
October 11th, 2008 - 7:30 PM
October 12th, 2008 - 2 PM

"A Verdi Gala" was presented at The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. This program consisted of selections from Giuseppe Verdi's operas. He is considered one of the most prolific composers of Italian opera. His stature as one of the two or three greatest opera composers is unchallengeable. The essential composing style of Verdi - direct, noble and intense - remained constant throughout his career as characteristics of his operas are easily recognized by the avid listener. A Verdi Gala brought to the Whitaker stage some of the favorites from his operas including excerpts from La Traviata, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, Aida, among others. Narration from a distinguished orator provided background and transition throughout the concert that was performed by professional vocalists from the region.

Featured Artists:
Elisabeth Turchi, Soprano
Rebecca Carr, Soprano
Gwendolyn Lentz, Mezzo-soprano
Albert Lee, Tenor
Evan Boyer, Bass
William Ingraham, accompanist

Celebrating the 150th Birthday of Puccini
A Fundraiser for Harrisburg Opera Association
May 14th and May 16th, 2009 - 7:30PM

Presented at The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, arias and scenes were featured from La Boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Turandot acelebrating Giacomo Puccini's 150th Birthday. In keeping with the turn of the last century's singing traditions, all vocal artists stretched themselves singing epertoire not normally heard in their vocal categories to the enthusiastic delight of the audience.

Featured Artists:
Jessica Tivens, Soprano
Tami Swartz, Soprano
John Tiranno, Tenor
Timothy Lafontaine, Bass-baritone
Stage Direction by Tami Swartz
Music Direction by Steven Crawford

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