A rare concert performance of classic coloratura arias caps a gala evening of dramatic music written for the stage. Lori Ann Fuller Piscioneri, who has soloed with both L.A. Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has performed with numerous opera companies and symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. and Europe, joins the orchestra for four gems of coloratura opera literature November 11, 2014. Showing her versatility, Fuller Piscioneri is by turns passionate, ecstatic with love, melancholy, giddy with excitement, and seductive. The vehicles for this expressivity (as well as for virtuoso vocal acrobatics) are “Regnava nel silenzio” from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, “Je veux vivre” from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, “O mio babbino caro” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and “Musetta’s Waltz” from his La Boheme. The orchestra performs four additional works, each expressing a distinctive setting and story. Rossini’s William Tell Overture isn’t just the music from “The Lone Ranger,” but a depiction of the beautiful Swiss Alpine countryside. The overture from the original Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera, Hansel and Gretel, evokes the Grimm’s classic fairy tale. The “Polka” from Smetana’s opera, The Bartered Bride, is a celebration of Czech musical nationalism. And Finland’s favorite son, Jean Sibelius, created one of the most important national songs of Finland in his epic Finlandia. Audience members may meet the soloist and other musicians at a reception following the concert in November!
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