ORCHESTRAL OPERA GEMSFROM THE CAPE ANN SYMPHONY: Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet, Weber, Tchaikovsky, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli
THE 66th SEASON
Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director
CAPE ANN SYMPHONY CLOSES THE 66th SEASON ON
SATURDAY, MAY 19:
An Evening of Passionate Orchestral Music
From the World of Opera :
ORCHESTRAL OPERA GEMS
Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet, Weber, Tchaikovsky, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli
Orchestral Opera Gems close the Cape Ann Symphony’s 66th Concert Season on Saturday, May 19 at 8 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. A romantic and moving program, Orchestral Opera Gems features orchestral masterpieces from renown and beloved operas by Wagner, Puccini, Verdi, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli, Weber, Tchaikovsky, and Bizet. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visitwww.capeannsymphony.org.
Famed composers Wagner, Puccini, Verdi, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli, Weber, Tchaikovsky, andBizet take center stage for the CAS Orchestral Opera Gems Concert on May 19. Cape Ann Symphony Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa points out, “Some of the most passionate and emotional music written for the orchestra comes from the world of opera. The stories of love, jealously, loss, longing and romance were captured in music by great composers such as Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Bizet and Wagner. Many of these operas feature interludes of incredible symphonic music, and we’ve selected some favorites for the May concert.” The Orchestral Opera Gems program includes Leoncavallo’s Intermezzo from I Pagliacci; Tchaikovsky’s Polonaisefrom Onegin; Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavaleria Rusticana; Puccini’s Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut; Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda ; Verdi’s Prelude to Act 3 from La Traviata; Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1; Weber’s Overture to Oberon; and Wagner’s Meistersinger Overture and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmenrung. Udagawa adds, “Make sure you come to this very romantic concert with someone you’re madly in love with.”
In July of 1888 Mascagni entered a competition in Milan open to all young Italian composers who had not yet had an opera performed on stage. One-act operas would be judged by a jury and the three best operas would be staged in Rome. Mascagni chose Cavalleria Rusticana, a popular short story and play and in two months, he composed the opera. Among the 73 operas submitted,Cavalleria Rusticana was chosen as one of
the three to be produced. The opera premiered to huge success on May 19, 1890 with Mascagni taking 40 curtain calls.
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