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Opera York Closes Season With Verdi’s Rigoletto On March 1

Opera York Closes Season With Verdi’s Rigoletto On March 1


Top (L-R): Corey Arnold; Geoffrey Butler; Penelope Cookson; Bottom (L-R): Holly Chaplin; Andrew Tees; Rigoletto graphic (All images courtesy of the artists/Opera York)
High (L-R): Corey Arnold; Geoffrey Butler; Penelope Cookson; Backside (L-R): Holly Chaplin; Andrew Tees; Rigoletto graphic (All photos courtesy of the artists/Opera York)

Opera York will shut their season with a manufacturing of Verdi’s Rigoletto on March 1. An all-Canadian solid of viewers favourites will convey Verdi’s tragedy to the stage.

Verdi’s Rigoletto is among the hottest operas worldwide. But, it’s not typically introduced on this nook of the globe. The COC, for instance, final mounted an English Nationwide Opera co-production in 2018, and earlier than that in 2011.

But, the opera’s message of critiquing the Victorian patriarchy and the sexual predators of Verdi’s personal day nonetheless resonates within the fashionable period.

Conductor Geoff Butler feedback concerning the work in an announcement.

“Rigoletto is a masterful mixture of intense drama and wonderful music. There’s a tempo to the story and depth of character that’s positively revolutionary within the work. This, mixed with Verdi’s stunning melodies and his potential to seize the center beat of humanity in his rhythmic accompaniment make the opera a super first opera.”

The Solid

Rigoletto: Andrew Tees

Baritone Andrew Tees has constructed a various profession that covers opera, oratorio, and pops singing. He’s carried out quite a lot of operatic roles, together with the title roles within the Nozze di Figaro for Opera Ontario and Pacific Opera, and different firms, and singing the position of Don Giovanni for Ottawa’s Opera Lyra and Opera York. Escamillo in carmen is one other of his signature roles. He’s a former member of the COC’s Ensemble Studio program, and has returned to the Canadian Opera Firm to sing in Woman McBeth and La Traviata.

Duke of Mantua: Corey Arnold

Tenor Corey Arnold is a 2020 laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques and a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has sung in opera productions in North America, Italy, Mexico and France, as is a daily performer within the Southern Ontario space with firms corresponding to Southern Ontario Lyric Opera, Toronto Metropolis Opera, and Pelligrini Opera, amongst others. Corey can be a composer, and his first opera, the Lion Coronary heart, premiered in March 2022 in Toronto.

Gilda: Holly Chaplin

Lyric Coloratura Soprano Holly Chaplin is a Toronto native who started her musical coaching on the age of six with piano classes. Holly went on to graduate from York College with a Bachelor of Advantageous Arts in Classical Voice efficiency with honours. After performing and coaching on the Summer season Opera Lyric theatre (Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann 2016, and Semele in Semele in 2018), and Miles Nadal Opera Studio, amongst others, she’s turn out to be a wanted featured artist in lots of Ontario firms, together with Opera in Live performance, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Discuss is Free Theatre in Barrie, Opera By Request, and lots of others.

The solid is rounded out by Adriana Albu as Maddalena; Dylan Wright as Sparafucile; Douglas Tranquada as Depend Monterone; Martha Spence as Giovanna & the Web page
; John Holland as Marullo; 
Alvaro Vazquez as Borsa; 
Austin Larusson as Depend Ceprano
; Ariana Pesce as Countess Ceprano.

The opera can be staged by Penelope Cookson, with a full orchestra performed by Geoffrey Butler.

“Opera York has over time served the creative cloth of York area. The corporate strives to convey younger singers to the stage in addition to giving veteran singers an opportunity to discover the gems of the operatic repertoire,” feedback Geoff Butler.

Data and tickets for the performances March 1 & March 3 on the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts [HERE].

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