Metropolitan Opera Tenor Comes “With Strings Attached” to The Sembrich
—Tenor Hugo Vera in Concert—
BOLTON LANDING, NY — VIOLIN DAYS continue at The Sembrich with a program entitled “With Strings Attached” on Wednesday, August 17th at 7:30 pm featuring Metropolitan Opera tenor Hugo Vera, violinist Amanda Brin, cellist Jonathan Brin and pianist Carol Ann Elze-Sussdorf. Tickets are $40.
Sembrich Artistic Director Richard Wargo describes the event as “an exquisite evening of rarely-performed songs.” Highlights of the program include “La Captive” for voice and cello by Berlioz, a pair of songs by Henry Purcell, a set of Shakespeare settings in honor of the Bard’s 400th anniversary and Four Songs for voice and violin, Op. 35 by Gustav Holst.
“A true rarity of the concert is a set of songs in Spanish, ‘Cuatro Canciones Clásicas Españolas’ by Fernando Obradors,” says tenor Hugo Vera, “a personal tribute to my own Hispanic background.”
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The program concludes with a set entitled “The Voice of Pablo Neruda” and includes a recitation in Spanish by Vera of Neruda’s poem “La Rama Robada,” the world premiere of a musical setting of that poem by Graham Lynch and a performance of “Desnuda,” the opening aria from “Il Postino” by Daniel Catán, a work recently seen in our region in an acclaimed production by Opera Saratoga.
“‘Desnuda’ is a gorgeous aria,” says Vera, “in which Neruda compares his lover to the groves and sunsets of
Vera portrayed Pablo Neruda several years ago at Center City Opera in
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