Partners’ Blog

Plaudits to GMU & CUA

Magic Flute sold out

Sold-out performances for The Magic Flute!  Congratulations to Professor Patricia Miller, Professor John Aler, Maestro Joe Walsh, and the students in this production!

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Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Beaumarchais Trilogy, conceived, produced, and directed by Dr. Elaine Walter:  What Ever Happened to Rosina, Almaviva, and Cherubino?

Congratulations, Dr. Walter, on your labor of love!

Front row:  Conductor Yevgeny Dokshansky and Dr. Elaine Walter, with  opera workshop students behind them.

Front row: Conductor Yevgeny Dokshansky and Dr. Elaine Walter, with
opera workshop students behind them.

Dr. Grayson Wagstaff , dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, at the reception honoring Dr. Walter.

Dr. Grayson Wagstaff , dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, at the reception honoring Dr. Walter.

 

 

Maria Stuarda

Maestro Antony Walker

Maestro Antony Walker

Congratulations, Maestro Antony Walker!  Maria Stuarda was incredible!  The orchestra, the chorus, and the singers—Georgia Jarman in the title role, Brenda Harris as Elisabetta, Michael Spyres as Roberto, our very own Patrick Carfizzi as Talbot, Troy Cook as Cecil, and Alexandra Loutsion as Anna—were all outstanding!   Washington Concert Opera certainly closed its season with golden doors.

Georgia Jarman

Georgia Jarman

 

Brenda Harris

Brenda Harris

 

Patrick Carfizzi

Patrick Carfizzi

 

Troy Cook

Troy Cook

Now, we are all looking forward to next season’s productions:  I Masnadieri (September 22, 2013) and Il Corsaro (March 9, 2014).  Viva Verdi!

Peter Russell’s Lecture

PARTNERS' President Leilane Mehler with Peter Russell

PARTNERS’ President Leilane Mehler with Peter Russell

Audrey Pendergast, Mr. and Mrs. Daniels, Victoria Tresansky

Audrey Pendergast, Mr. and Mrs. Daniels, Victoria Tresansky

 

Board members and members of Partners were at the Iona Senior Center for an excellent learning experience on Tuesday, February 26.  Peter Russell, Washington Concert Opera’s founding artistic advisor and current general director of Vocal Arts DC, presented a very informative lecture on La Voix Humaine and Dialogues of the Carmelites by Francis Poulenc.  The talk was highlighted with fine DVD excerpts from both operas.  Refreshments were served and included cookies baked by Mr. Russell himself.  We could not have asked for a better afternoon!

Join us for the last lecture in this series on Tuesday, March 26, when the topic will be Benjamin Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Click HERE to see the lecture schedule and details, or just refer to Group Events in the left-hand sidebar.