Southwest FL – Five Studio Artists from the Sarasota Opera delighted many members and guests at our January 17th luncheon. Richard Russell, the opera company’s Executive Director introduced the program and summarized this year’s season, which includes performances of Verdi’s Il trovatore (opening Feb 8); Rossini’s Barber of Seville (opening Feb 15); Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman (opening Mar 1); and Verdi’s seldom performed Jerusalem (opening Mar 8). All the operas have multiple performances. On March 18th there will be an Artists’ Choice Concert and on March 23rd the always popular Verdi Concert. (For tickets and information call the Box Office at (941)
Soprano Jennifer Root, from San Antonio, TX, began the program with the dramatic aria Vissi d’arte from Tosca, followed by a delightful duet from the Elixir of Love, sung by bass-baritone William Roberts, from Kings Park, NY and soprano Alexandra Batsios, from Granite City, IL. Keith Brown, bass-baritone from Beavercreek, OH, sang the aria Viravviso, from La sonnambula. He was followed by the duet, Parigi o cara, from Verdi’s Latraviata, sung by Ms Batsios and Tenor Jon Jurgens, from Columbus, OH, who sang for us last year. Ms Root followed with a powerful rendition Climb Every Mountain, from The Sound of Music. In stark contrast, Mr. Roberts followed with Mephistopheles’ evil Le veaud’or (The Golden Calf). As a rousing finale, all five artists concluded the program with the drinking song, Libiamo from La traviata.
Maestro Kristen Kemp, the Studio Artist Program Music Director, who has been with us for many years, expertly accompanied the singers.
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