Up close and personal’ with BPO


Fri, May 13, 2022 12:35 p.m.

Artpark & ​​Company announced “Opera in Concert at Artpark: Up Close and Personal” at the Mainstage Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. The show will feature the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gil Rose with singers Danielle Talamantes (soprano), Janna Baty (mezzo soprano), Dominick Chenes (tenor) and Michael Chioldi (baritone).

A press release explained: “The programme, curated by Gil Rose, will delight seasoned and casual opera lovers with the most memorable melodies and moments from opera by Verdi, Bizet, Gounoud, Puccini and Rossini. .

Tickets are $25 and are on sale now at the Artpark box office, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston; and ticketmaster.com.

Acclaimed opera producer, conductor and director Rose has been engaged for an extended residency at Artpark to explore the feasibility of new opera programming and the development of a strategic opera plan Artpark with potential live production.

Artpark said, “He is a musician who is helping to shape the future of classical music. Recognized for his “sense of style and sophistication” by Opera News, noted as “an incredibly versatile conductor” by the Boston Globe and praised for conducting with “Admiral Command” by The New York Times, he has been called ‘one of the world’s most adventurous conductors’ by KUSC Radio. Over the past two decades, he has built a reputation as one of the country’s most inventive and versatile conductors. His dynamic performances on the symphonic and operatic stages, as well as over 100 recordings, have garnered international critical acclaim.

Among his many professional accomplishments, he founded the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the largest professional orchestra dedicated exclusively to the performance and recording of symphonic music of the 20th and 21st centuries. BMOP has won 14 ASCAP awards for its adventurous programming and was the first symphony orchestra selected as Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2016.

Also in Boston, he introduced a new company to the opera scene, Odyssey Opera, dedicated to eclectic and underperforming operatic repertoire. Odyssey Opera has continued to receive universal acclaim for its annual festivals with compelling themes and unique programs, featuring fully staged operatic works and concerts of overlooked grand opera masterpieces.

Rose maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor on both the operatic and symphonic platforms. He made his Tanglewood debut in 2002 and in 2003 he made his debut with the Netherlands Radio Symphony at the Holland Festival. He has conducted the American Composers Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the National Orchestra of Porto. In 2015 he made his Japan debut replacing Seiji Ozawa at the Matsumoto Festival, and in 2016 made his debut with New York City Opera at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has since returned to City Opera in 2017 (as conductor and director) and in 2018 as conductor at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. In 2019, he made his debut at the head of the Juilliard Symphony.

As an educator, he served on the faculty of Tufts University and Northeastern University, and worked with students at a wide range of colleges such as Harvard, MIT, New England Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, San Diego, among others. He organized the Fromm Concerts three times at Harvard and was the first curator of the Ditson Festival of Music at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

In 2007, Rose received the prestigious Ditson Prize from Columbia University as well as an ASCAP Concert Music Award for her exemplary commitment to new American music. He is a six-time Grammy nominee and in 2020 won the Grammy for Conductor and Producer in the Best Opera category. Learn more.

Talamantes recently performed as Violetta in “La Traviata” with the Hawaii Opera Theater. Her recent performances include roles in Bizet’s “Carmen” and Verdi’s “Nabucco” with the Metropolitan Opera; “Il Postino” by Catán with Virginia Opera; “Fidelio” by Beethoven with the Princeton Festival; “La Traviata” with Finger Lakes Opera; “La Bohème” with the Saint-Petersburg Opera (Florida); the title role of “Susannah” with Opera Roanoke; “Don Giovanni” with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre; and a premiere at the Spoleto Festival in “Veremonda” by Cavalli. She also has several recordings on the MSR Classics label. Learn more.

Praised by the Boston Globe for “a rich, alto-like tone and a lovely, luminous lyricism,” mezzo-soprano Baty enjoys an exceptionally versatile career as a mezzo soprano and as an educator. She has sung with Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Daejeon Philharmonic, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, South Florida Symphony, Longwood Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica of Bogotá, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Eugene Opera, Opera North and Boston Lyric Opera. As a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist, she has performed at festivals around the world, including the Aldeburgh and Britten festivals in England, the Varna festival in Bulgaria, the Semanas Musicales de Frutillar festival in Chile and the festivals in Tanglewood, Norfolk, Monadnock and Coastal Carolina. festivals in the United States Baty is proud to have benefited from a long collaboration with the conductor Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Alumnus of Oberlin College and Yale School of Music, she began her career as a teacher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and joined the faculty of Yale School of Music in 2008. Learn more.

Chenes, a lyric-spinto tenor, has enjoyed great operatic success on some of the world’s greatest stages and under the musical direction of today’s finest conductors. Dominick’s most recent credits include: “Madame Butterfly” with the Opéra Royal Wallonie-Liège (2019); “I Masnadieri” at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (2019); “The Queen of Sheba” with Odyssey Opera (2018); and several roles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago under Rose; Seattle Opera in “Madame Butterfly” (2017); Opera Colorado and Hong Kong in “La Bohème” (2017). During his career, Chenes has had the privilege of working with Palm Beach Opera, the New National Theater in Tokyo, Opera på Skäret Festival in Sweden, Austin Opera, The New Orleans Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Minnesota Opera, Utah Opera , Welsh National Opera, the Reading Symphony and the San Francisco Opera. Learn more.

American baritone Chioldi quickly earned a reputation as one of the most sought-after dramatic baritones of his generation, having won critical and public acclaim for his portrayals of the dramatic baritone roles of Verdi, Puccini and Strauss. His numerous credits include the title roles in “Die Fliegende Holländer”, “Rigoletto”, “Nabucco”, “Macbeth” and “Nixon in China” as well as “Don Carlo”, “Il Trovatore”, “La Traviata”, ” Andrea Chenier”, “Tosca” and “Madame Butterfly”. He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the Seattle Opera and the New York City Opera. He has also appeared in almost every major American opera house, including the San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Palm Beach Opera, New Orleans Opera, Michigan Opera Theater and Utah Opera. Her performance of Sharpless in the production of “Madame New York City Opera’s Butterfly” was featured on the Emmy Award-winning PBS television series “Live from Lincoln Center” in 2008. Internationally, he has performed at the Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona, the Opera of Oviedo in Spain and the Royal Opera of Muscat. Learn more.

The singers will be accompanied by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Rose. For more information on BPO, visit here.

The Artpark 2022 season is supported by: M&T Bank; Cullen Foundation; Labatt blue light; light bud; Southern Tier Brewing; Try-it Distribution; National Endowment for the Arts; New York Parks and Trails; Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; New York Council for the Performing Arts; FACE Foundation; Mid-Atlantic Arts; and Northtown auto companies.

To visit artpark.net for more information and a full list of upcoming events.


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