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“Opera in Concert” showcases Puccini

“Opera in Concert” showcases Puccini

Opera in Concert is the first in a new series of operatic concerts from the Auckland Philharmonia. The inaugural concert features Puccini, the quintessential Italian opera composer, in a programme of scenes and arias from all 12 of his operas.

Angela Brown

The programme will cover the most famous music from Puccini’s best loved operas – La Bohème, Turandot, Madama Butterfly and Tosca – to the lesser known but equally distinctive – La rondine, Edgar, Manon Lescaut, Le Villi, La fanciulla del West, and the triple bill Il trittico.

A line-up of young and established stars from the operatic stage joins the Auckland Philharmonia for “Opera in Concert”. They include sensational young American soprano Angela Brown, the new Aida in the Metropolitan Opera production later this year. Angela, who is making her New Zealand début, brandishes pure vocal power and finesse and has won the acclaim of critics and audiences throughout the opera world.

"Angela Brown was the star of the evening. Hers is a rich voice, splendidly even in its range from highest notes to lowest, one capable of caressing phrases or lavishing power on them, depending on the composer's demands." (The Indianapolis Star)

Joining Angela are some of New Zealand’s leading singers: Patricia Wright (soprano), Simon O’Neill (tenor), Rodney Macann (bass baritone), Anna Leese (soprano), Tania Brand (soprano) and Paul Chappory (tenor). The Auckland Philharmonia is conducted by Marc Taddei.

Experience the excitement, the tragedy, and the passion of Puccini at full strength with the Auckland Philharmonia and guest artists – 7.30pm, Wednesday 30 July at the Auckland Town Hall.

Adult tickets $36-$110; concessions available. Phone the Ticketek Orchestra Hotline on (09) 307 5139.

“Opera in Concert – Puccini” is presented in association with Dr Tom Morris and The Auckland Varicose Veins Clinic. The Auckland Philharmonia receives major funding from Creative New Zealand and a major grant from Auckland City.

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