See the 2009-2010 Concert Series


2009-2010 Opera Series

Productions of the Connecticut Lyric Opera and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra! Adrian Sylveen, Musical Director and Conductor. Featuring the Connecticut Lyric Opera chorus and internationally recognized soloists singing in the original Italian with English titles projected above the stage. All performances are held in the new, state-of-the-art 700 seat MHS Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School, located at 200 LaRosa Lane, off Newfield Street, in Middletown. (For your convenience, the GPS setting is “670 Newfield Street”)

Saturday, December 5, 2009, at 7:30 p.m

L'ELISIR D'AMORE (The Elixir of Love)
by Gaetano Donizetti

Andrew Drostjuarte svedaite

L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) is a charming comedy of rustic innocence from the bel canto opera repertoire starring tenor Andrew Drost and soprano Juarte Svedaite. This delightful opera features one of the most recognizable  arias  of all time, "Una furtiva Lagrima."

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Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

I PAGLIACCI by Ruggiero Leoncavallo and GIANNI SCHICCI by Giacomo Puccini

hartman  ivanov

"I Pagliacci" features Canio, opera’s most famous clown, and Nedda, his passionate, faithless wife, as their traveling theater troupe brings its plays to life with tragic consequences. Jeffrey Hartmann sings Canio’s “Vesti la giuba,” one of the most beloved tenor arias. 

"Gianni Schicci" is light and uproarious as "I Pagliacci" is dark and gripping. This one act opera has Maksim Ivanov singing the role of Gianni Schicci, a cunning commoner who outwits a pack of greedy Florentine nobles and finagles a fortune for himself, his daughter and her lover. The well-known, beautiful aria “O mio babbino caro” is a highlight of this magical opera.

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