Festival 2015 Performances


La Tragédie de Carmen
May 9, 15 & 17

Synopsis:   Peter Brook has not changed the characters or the costumes or the setting or the story of Bizet’s Carmen. His genius is to reshuffle the deck and to squeeze more passion, more fresh-blood and sexual-fury into eighty-eight minutes of opera than you have ever seen.

This Carmen is not just a flirting working girl. But a sensual witch. A sorceress. A seductive spirit who sweeps everyone along with her toward a single goal — la tragédie. Suddenly a timeless classic has sprung to new life with such frightening excitement it has demanded a new name. La Tragédie de Carmen. Come join us for an irresistible evening.

Starring Audrey Babcock as Carmen, Alok Kumar as Don José, Michael Mayes as Escamillo and Victoria Cannizzo as Micaëla.  Maestro Anthony Barrese conducts, and Cynthia du Pont Tobias directs.

Performance Details:
The Laird Center at Tatnall
May 9 | 7:30 pm 
May 15 | 7:30 pm
May 17 | 2:00 pm

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May 8 & 16

Synopsis:  Why do opera lovers say Lakmé sounds so fresh at each new performance? Is it the achingly beautiful Flower Duet — one of the most haunting in all opera? Or the spectacular Bell Song — the career-maker for countless coloraturas? Is it the innocent daughter of a Brahmin priest? Is it her love for a British Officer whose ignorance causes her to shame her people? Is it the Brahmin’s hatred of his conquerors that propels the lovers into the poignant embrace of death-by-poisoned flowers? Close your eyes. And let Leo Delibes’ masterpiece give you all the answers you need.

Sharon Cheng stars as Lakmé, with the OperaDelaware Chorus prepared by Jeffrey Miller, and James Harp of Lyric Opera Baltimore at the piano. 

Performance Details: 
the baby grand
May 8 | 7:30 pm
May 16 | 2 pm

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Wine, Women & Food
May 14 & 16

Synopsis:  This performance features Bon Appétit,  A 20-minute, one woman opera based on Julia Child’s famous chocolate cake episode that brings to life all the joie de vivre of the original French Chef.  

Created for the great Jean Stapleton, Lee Hoiby’s piano score deftly dances from Broadway to Ravel and back to capture the soaring spirit and sense of humor of the irrepressible Julia. Bon Appétit is a rich memory of the woman who single handedly gave millions of Americans an appetite for good taste and a recipe for civilization. Served up with a full menu of delicious operatic excerpts!

Starring Melissa Kornacki as Julia Child.

Performance Details:
OperaDelaware Studio
May 14 | 7:30 pm
May 16 | 7:30 pm

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Who's Afraid of Opera?
October 24 & 26

There’s no need to be afraid - you’ve heard this music before. From Sesame Street to Wall Street, from British Airways to Bugs Bunny – opera has been part of your vocabulary all along! Join us on the Christina Riverfront as we explore some of the most celebrated moments of opera in pop-culture, as well as some of our suggestions for what should be part of the main-stream!

Join Music Director Jeffrey Miller on this musical journey of (re)discovery in the casual atmosphere of our studio. Soprano Angela Marchese, Mezzo Soprano Jessica Renfro, Tenor Marco Panuccio and Baritone Eric McKeever will delight your eyes and ears in this walk down memory lane.

Performance Details:
OperaDelaware Studios
Oct 24 | 7:30 pm
Oct 26 | 2:00 pm

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This Little Light of Mine
February 20 & 22

Written by Adrienne Danrich under a commission from the Cincinnati Opera, This Little Light of Mine is an inventive one-woman musical tribute honoring the ground breaking careers of two African-American opera legends who overcame many racial barriers from the Jim Crow era through the Civil Rights Movement to become international opera stars. Ms. Anderson became the first African-American singer to perform at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York and Ms. Price would take that torch and carry it to The Metropolitan Opera and the most prestigious opera houses around the world.

Best described as a ‘live documentary’, Ms. Danrich narrates the remarkable story with moving dialogue and songs and arias that bring the accomplishments of these two great women to audiences that will never hear them ‘live’. In addition to her storytelling ability and the beauty of her voice, Ms. Danrich creatively documents the lives of the two artist/pioneers by showing poignant multi-media images of the pair at different stages in their lives and playing audio excerpts of some of their most famous recordings.

Performance Details:
OperaDelaware Studios
Feb 20 | 7:30 pm
Feb 22 | 2:00 pm

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