Annapolis Opera to give concert of biblical arias Kneseth Israel cantor to join other vocalists for varied program

January 26, 1996|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Combine the greatest stories ever told with some of the greatest music ever written, and what do you get?

That question will be answered at 3 p.m. Sunday at Annapolis' Kneseth Israel Synagogue when the Annapolis Opera presents "Opera from Moses to the Inquisition," a program of arias from operas inspired by the Bible.

Verdi's "Nabucco" (Nebuchadnezzar), Saint-Saens' "Samson et Delila" and Halevy's "La Juive" are just a few of the operas that will be excerpted at Sunday's musicale.

Soprano Kay Krekow, soon to join the roster of the Prague Opera, will be in the spotlight along with Michael Begley, the Annapolis Opera's producer and resident baritone.

The concert will feature a rare operatic appearance by lyric tenor Yehoshua Redfern, Kneseth Israel's cantor. He will sing two arias from "La Juive," Jacques Halevy's melodramatic tale of love and death amid the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition. It was in the leading tenor role of Eleazar, by the way, that the great Enrico Caruso gave the final performance of his life. Halevy lived from 1799 to 1862.

Mr. Redfern will be joined by a choir of Kneseth Israel members trained by the talented pianist Numa Lavy.

"I've been studying and performing solo arias for years, but not with a full chorus behind me. It's been very exciting," Mr. Redfern said.

Tickets for the musicale are $20. You may reserve tickets to be held at the door by calling 267-8135 or 263-2710.

The cost includes a reception with refreshments with the artists.

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