Saturday, April 19, 2014
Three of the singers participating in this summer's PORTopera Young Artists Program filled the opulent Victoria Mansion with the sounds of their sumptuous voices this evening. The acoustics were fabulous and and the richness of the interior proved well suited to the quality of music. The Opera at the Mansion party was the first collaboration between the two nonprofits and raised funds for both organizations.
Mezzo soprano Stephanie Sadownik generated much applause with "Voi che sapete" from "Le Nozze di Figaro" by Mozart, "Habanera" from "Carmen" by Bizet, and "Amor" by William Balcom from a set of songs called "Cabaret Songs.".
Soprano Claire Coolen thrilled the crowd with "Musetta's Waltz" from "La Boheme" by Puccini, "Norine's Aria" from "Don Pasquale" by Donizetti, and "Je veux vivre" from "Romeo and Juliette" by Gounod.
Bass-baritone Robert Mellon pleased the audience with "Se vuol Ballare" from "Le Nozze di Figaro," "O du mein holder Abendstern" from "Tannhauser" by Wagner and the naughty number "My Little Secret" from "Cafe Vienna" by Richard Pearson Thomas. "Cafe Vienna" is this season's Young Artists production, and the last two performances take place Saturday, July 10 in Ocean Park and Friday, July 15 in Farmington.
PORTopera's production of "Daughter of the Regiment (La Fille du Regiment)" takes place July 28 & 30 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. At this time of year, the Victoria Mansion is open for tours Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Be sure to check out the July 10 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram, where I'll have more details and photos from the Opera at the Mansion party.
Until then, I hope to see you out and about.Tweet
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