Conductor carries his baton on road Annapolis Chorale's Ernest Green is in demand as guest

June 30, 1996|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Ernest Green, the talented conductor of vocal music who has put the Annapolis Chorale on the map in recent years, is very much in demand as a guest conductor outside Annapolis.

Last season, Green conducted a production of Verdi's "Rigoletto" with the Hawaii Opera Theatre, one of the Pacific Rim's premier artistic ensembles.

Those performances paid dividends for local concertgoers June 7 when the young women of the Hawaiian Youth Opera Chorus, heard by Green during his rehearsals in Honolulu, brought an extraordinary mix of Hawaiian songs and classical repertoire to St. Martin's Church in Annapolis for a wonderful concert.

In late October, Green heads for South Bend, Ind., to conduct Indiana Opera North's performances of the little-known Requiem Mass of the great Italian opera composer Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848).

Written in Donizetti's famous bel-canto style, his Requiem has never achieved front-line status (for good reason), but its snappier moments like the hyper-emotional "Dies Irae" provided inspiration for Guiseppe Verdi's incredible Requiem composed several decades later.

Ernest Green has also been appointed principal guest conductor of the Boston Aria Guild, a regional opera company that performs full-length productions, chamber operas and vocal recitals at Harvard, Boston University and the New England Conservatory.

Green has already conducted "Die Fledermaus" there on two occasions, and looks forward to a performance of Johann Strauss' all-time hit operetta this New Year's Eve, and to a new production of Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" next spring.

He also anticipates the Annapolis Chorale's next season, which will feature the German Requiem of Johannes Brahms, the return of the inimitable Ethel Ennis for two concerts in February, some early baroque chamber opera and another installment of "Music for a Great Space" -- repertoire heard to its best advantage under the vaulted ceiling of St. Ann's Church.

His rehearsal may be daunting but, with all this beautiful music in the offing, one suspects that, these days, it's pretty easy being Green.

Pub Date: 6/30/96

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