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*Opera Highlights Festival I *

Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 7:30pm

Gary Thor Wedow, conductor

Mary Elizabeth Williams, soprano

Margaret Gawrysiak, mezzo-soprano

Dinyar Vania, tenor

Charles Robert Stephens, baritone

Seattle Symphony Chorale

Mascagni: “Inno al sole” (“Hymn to the Sun”) from Iris

Verdi: Brindisi:“Libiamo” from La Traviata

Bizet: “Votre toast” from Carmen

Tchaikovsky: “Da, chas nastal!… Prastitye vi” (“Yes, the hour has come!… Excuse you”) from The Maid of Orleans

Puccini: “Perchè chiuso?” (Act I Duet) from Tosca

Verdi: “Va Pensiero” (Coro di Schiavi Ebrei) from Nabucco

Puccini: “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot

Verdi: “Allor che i forti corrono” from Attila

Verdi: Triumphal Scene from Aida

Join Seattle Symphony, Chorale and young opera stars for some of opera’s most rousing moments, including Verdi’s famous drinking song from La Traviata and the Triumphal Scene from Aida. Stage direction by Ellen McLain.

Opera Highlights Festival II

Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 8:00pm

Gary Thor Wedow, conductor

Mary Elizabeth Williams, soprano

Margaret Gawrysiak, mezzo-soprano

Dinyar Vania, tenor

Charles Robert Stephens, baritone

The Heavenly Spies

Johann Strauss, Jr.: Overture from Die Fledermaus

Korngold: Tanzlied des Pierrot from Die tote Stadt

Franz Lehár: “Vilja Song” from The Merry Widow

Johann Strauss, Jr.: Thunder and Lightning Polka, Op. 324

Jerome Kern: “Life Upon the Wicked Stage” from Showboat

Gershwin: “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess

Donizetti: Cavatina: “Udite, udite, o rustici” from L’Elisir d’Amore

Donizetti: “Obbligato, ah sì! obbligato!” from L’Elisir d’Amore

Donizetti: “Una furtive lagrima” from L’Elisir d’Amore

Offenbach: Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann

Offenbach: “Ah! Quel dîner” from La Périchole

Offenbach: “Pif ! Paf ! Pouf !” from La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein

Offenbach: “Ah how I love the military” from La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein

Offenbach: Can-can from Orphée aux Enfers

Sit back and enjoy the lighter side of opera with Offenbach’s famous Can-can, selections from Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and more in this evening of operetta classics. Stage direction by Ellen McLain.