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Following the critical acclaim of February’s trio of monodramas themed Women on the Verge, Opera Manhattan is proud to announce its 2012 Opera Festival. Three riveting operas will be presented from May 17 – 21 at the historic Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th Street, in Manhattan. A special performance of arias and ensembles presented by Opera Manhattan’s Artist Development Program will be offered as a later part of the festival at another venue.
Opera Manhattan will reprise and fully stage Poulenc’s monodrama La Voix Humaine. Based on a 1930 play by Jean Cocteau, the one act opera follows an agonizing phone conversation between a young woman and her former lover as she desperately tries to win back his love. First presented in a semi-staged performance by Opera Manhattan as part of Women on the Verge, La Voix Humaine features the original cast in alternate performances: Kala Maxym, whose performance “had a fearful kind of dignity, even at her most frantic. The warmth of Maxym’s soprano conveyed a tenderness more terrifying than fury”; and Roza Tulyaganova, who “gave a pointed, convincing portrait of this young woman’s breakdown, from the desperate pleas to her lover to evocations of their tender past.”
The idea for Menotti’s opera The Medium was first conjured up during a séance the composer attended with friends in 1936. A psychologically complex tale of the medium Flora, portrayed by Caroline Tye and Elizabeth Moulton in alternate performances. The deception and hysterics of Madame Flora are boldly contrasted by the innocence of Monica, played by Megan Candio and Mary Langston, already favorites to Opera Manhattan audiences.
Suor Angelica is the moving story of a young woman from a noble family who becomes a cloistered nun. The Principessa, her aunt, visits her after seven years of silence and brings Angelica a shocking and life altering revelation. Opera Manhattan newcomers Diana Wangerin and Kristi Bulotsing the demanding role of Suor Angelica, while Opera Manhattan veterans Sahoko Sato and Anna Yelizarova sing the Principessa.
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