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Virtual Studio Spotlight Series Recital

The program for the October 2 concert, which will run approximately 45 minutes, is as follows:

 

"Air de bijoux" from Faust by C. Gounod
Caitlin Gotimer, soprano

Boy meets girl. Girl refuses him. Boy loves her even more. Boy is actually an old man that made a deal with the devil to regain his youth. In “Air de bijoux”, our young heroine, Marguerite, realizes she loves Faust, too, after receiving a beautiful gift of jewelry from him courtesy of Méphistophélès, the devil himself.

 

"Parto, ma tu ben mio" from La Clemenza di Tito by W. A. Mozart
Michaela Wolz, mezzo-soprano

The Clemency of Tito is a story of a great ruler, Tito, who puts everyone else’s needs above his own. Sesto, Tito’s friend, plans to kill him to show his love for Queen Vitellia who is actually in love with Tito and, blinded by her jealousy, seeks revenge. In “Parto, parto ma tu ben mio”, Sesto’s love for Vitellia finally overrides his friendship with Tito. He will go to commit the murder of his friend but only if he can have one loving glance from Vitellia before he leaves.

 

"Vi tak pechalny" from Pique Dame by P. Tchaikovsky
Rob McGinness, baritone

In The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame) forbidden lovers, Hermann and Liza, live in a society of class restrictions and extreme greed that celebrates the pastime of gambling. Liza’s grandmother, the Countess, was a successful gambler and is said to hold the winning secret in three cards and a supernatural melodrama continues to unfold. In “Vi tak pechalny”, Prince Yetelsky, Liza’s betrothed, declares he would do anything for Liza but also feels held back by her and is unhappy.

 

"Tu che di gel sei cinta" from Turandot by G. Puccini
Caitlin Gotimer, soprano

Turandot is a Persian tale set in China with an Italian twist. The prince, Calaf, wins the hand of the ice queen, Turandot, by answering three impossible riddles correctly. An enraged Turandot pleads with him to have it not be so and he gives her a riddle—if she can find out his name by dawn then he will die. In “Tu che di gel sei cinta”, Turandot has captured Liù, a dutiful slave girl in love with Calaf, to torture out his name from her. Liù confronts the ice queen talking of care and compassion through love rather than being encircled by ice. Liù then grabs a soldier’s knife and stabs herself—making the ultimate sacrifice of love.

 

"Must the Winter Come So Soon" From Vanessa by S. Barber
Michaela Wolz, mezzo-soprano

Vanessa is about a delusional Vanessa who lives with her mother, the Baroness, and her niece, Erika, as she waits for her lover, Anatol, to return. Scared of seeing herself age, Vanessa has covered all the mirrors in the house. A young Anatol, the former lover’s son by the same name, arrives and a love triangle ensues between the older Vanessa, the young Anatol, and her niece. In “Must the Winter Come so Soon”, Erika asks her aunt Vanessa why winter is coming soon and with it a gray dreariness to the castle which serves as a metaphorical foreshadowing of what’s to come.

 

"Come Paride vezzoso" from L'Elisir d'Amore by G. Donizetti
Rob McGinness, baritone

The Elixir of Love is a romp. It has a beautiful girl, a lovesick boy, gossiping townsfolk and a quack-doctor that sells a potion to the boy to make the girl fall in love with him—only the elixir is actually just wine. In “Come Paride vezzoso”, Sergeant Belcore has come into town and starts courting Adina who lovesick Nemorino also loves. Belcore offers Adina flowers and talks of her beautiful body while also complimenting himself along the way.

 

"Final Scene" from L'Elisir d'Amore by G. Donizetti
Cheyanne Coss, soprano and Terrence Chin-Loy, tenor

In the Final Scene of Elixir, Nemorino has signed up to be a soldier and is leaving the town as a way to goad Adina in revealing her true feelings for him. He knows she loves him if only by a tear on her cheek when he ignored her earlier. Adina tells him to take, “prendi”, the contract she bought off of Belcore to gain his freedom. It’s proof of her love for him. But Nemorino still wants to hear Adina say the words—and she finally does.

 

Robert Bosworth, pianist