'Opera Under Stars' is set for Saturday Arias: Love is the theme when the Annapolis Opera gives its annual outdoor performance at Carroll House.

August 06, 1998|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,Special to the Sun

The Annapolis Opera will present its annual "Opera Under the Stars" at Carroll House Saturday.

The program -- "More Songs of Love and the Night" -- will feature arias on all aspects of love. Puccini's flirtatious Musetta will taunt Marcello with "Quando M'en Va." From Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutti" sisters Dorabella and Fiordigli will show they can't be true to their guys in Dorabella's aria "Prendero quel brunettino" ("I'll take the little dark one").

Assignations abound in opera. Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" has the lover pleading "Tornami a dir 'che m'ami" ("Tell me you love me") and Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci" lovers Nedda and Silvio plot their escape from her husband, Canio.

The quartet from Gounod's "Faust" has the devil himself making his move on recently widowed Martha, while he watches Faust, who has bargained his soul to ravish the weakening Marguerite.

Among other operas to be featured are: Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," von Flotow's "Martha," and Puccini's "Edgar."

Bringing these arias to life will be soprano Laura Vicari, mezzo-soprano Siobhan Kolker, tenor George Aud and baritone Steven Goodman.

Opera Vivante's John Bowen will direct and serve as narrator and pianist.

Vicari was most recently heard in March at Annapolis Opera's "Opera at the Altar" at St. Mary's Church. She appears regularly with Baltimore Opera, Opera Vivante and on live broadcasts of Radio Mass in Baltimore. A Peabody Conservatory graduate, Vicari maintains a private voice studio in Baltimore.

Goodman was seen in Annapolis Opera's productions of Donizetti's "Elixir of Love" and Verdi's "La Traviata" as well as the recent Whitbread version of "H.M.S. Pinafore."

A frequent performer with Baltimore Opera, Goodman was a finalist in Baltimore Symphony's "Search for a Star." When not performing, Goodman works as an epidemiologist and pediatrician at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Aud has performed in a number of Baltimore Opera productions and with Opera Vivante. This fall he will debut with Washington Opera in Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra."

Kolker is a Baltimore native who recently received her master's degree in voice performance from Peabody Conservatory. She has performed at Peabody and with the Ohio Light Opera.

Bowen holds a doctorate from Peabody Conservatory. His music has been performed in the Baltimore-Washington area. He is founder and director of Opera Vivante, a chamber opera company dedicated to presenting opera in intimate settings.

Everyone is invited to bring a picnic supper and arrive as early as 6 p.m. to enjoy the waterfront setting of historic Charles Carroll House.

The concert starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are priced at $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $15 for full-time students and children. Call 410-267-8135 for additional information and reservations.

Pub Date: 8/06/98

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