The past few months have been extremely busy ones for me, (Castor & Pollux in Sydney, a New Year’s Eve concert in Pittsburgh, Falstaff at the Sydney Opera House, and the birth of my daughter!) but I simply had to take this opportunity to alert everyone in the DC area about Washington Concert Opera’s performance of Donizetti’s MARIA STUARDA tonight, at Lisner Auditorium at 6pm. We have a stunning cast: Georgia Jarman, Brenda Harris, Michael Spyres, Patrick Carfizzi, Troy Cook and Alexandra Loutsion, and it has been a particularly joyful 10 days of rehearsal with the principals, chorus and orchestra.
One of the things that I really love about my work with WCO is that I have been able to create a wonderful, close-knit team around me. Not only by my choice of singers and instrumentalists, but also with our wonderful staff, volunteers, board and donors. I think that our audience can tell that we all enjoy making music together, as well as presenting gems of the bel canto period to our very loyal, knowledgeable and passionate group of our subscribers and supporters.
This will be a real feast of bel canto singing: beautiful voices, elegant phrasing, expressive ornamentation and passionate characterizations. Our orchestra sounds like another character in the drama, and our chorus has been working on really beautiful colors in their big number in the final scene.
Don’t just take my word for it, though, do come along to Lisner tonight, and experience it live…
More information about MARIA STUARDA can be found on the WCO website:
In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m quite excited to be conducting this tonight!