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To See Again the Stars – Opera Project Columbus performance

November 19 @ 7:30 pm

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One event on November 21, 2021 12:00 am at 3:00 pm

Friday evening, the 19 th of November, in the Lincoln Theatre, OPC will emerge from its COVID-driven chrysalis, flutter its multi-spectral wings, and create an unforgettable evening of magical music-making.

Our beloved Maestro, Alessandro Siciliani, with his hand-picked orchestra of musicians from Columbus and regional Ohio, will be joined by a rich stable of vibrant operatic talent including: Caroline Bergan, soprano; Jennifer Forni, soprano; Carolyn Redman, mezzo-soprano; Victor Cardamone, tenor; Lucas Levy, tenor; Robert Kerr, baritone; Jason Budd, bass-baritone; and, Hannah Bullock, narrator.

The title, “To See Again the Stars”, refers to the 34 th canto of Dante’s “La Divina Commedia”, in which Dante emerges from Hell, having seen Lucifer, the “Light Bringer”. Our program commemorates the 20 th anniversary of 9/11 and the pandemic crisis, but with faith in humans and our creativity, moves forth towards a new awakening and proverbial dance of joy into our future – like Dante, emerging from Darkness into the Light.

Maestro Siciliani has constructed a lavish visually and aurally stunning program. The entire first half features opera scenes of Giuseppe Verdi, beginning appropriately and reverently with the “Salce” and “Ave Maria” from Otello (Act 4) performed by Soprano, Caroline Bergan. There follows en temps voulu the powerful overture to La Forza del Destino, performed by Tenor Lucas Levy. Described by Opera News as having “dominated the scene vocally,” American tenor Lucas Levy brings “operatic power” (Tampa Bay Times) to his portrayals, is “a joy to watch” (Broadway World), and was praised by The Wall Street Journal for being “remarkably loud.”

Reflecting on the intrigue and tremors in our political world, Verdi demonstrates these ever-constant realities – not to diminish their significance, but to remind us, perhaps we’ve experienced and withstood many such moments in our human history – in chosen excerpts from La Forza del Destino and Un Ballo in Maschera.

The second half looks comically at ourselves – humor being one of the greatest medicaments for suffering – with Act 2, Scene 1 of Falstaff, that loveable jocular hero. There follow moments of agonizingly beautiful memorable arias by Rossini, Donizetti, and Lehar with a hilarious deliciously and devilishly difficult duet, “Cheti, Cheti immantinente” from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.

Please come and envelop yourselves in the magical wings of this new butterfly, as OPC emerges into a new vivid season of miracles for 2021-2022! “To See Again the Stars” will be presented at the Lincoln Theatre, 19 November at 7:30 pm and 21 November at 3:00 pm.

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November 19
7:30 pm
$17 – $47
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