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Metropolitan Opera Tenor Comes “With Strings Attached” to The Sembrich

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.”

A native of Texas with both Spanish and Mexican heritage, Hugo Vera is described as a tenor possessing “a truly heroic voice” that is both “beautiful and brilliant.”  In addition to the Metropolitan Opera, Vera has performed with numerous opera companies across the country, including New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Spoleto Festival, among many others.

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 Cuba.”

Vera portrayed Pablo Neruda several years ago at Center City Opera in Philadelphia when that company presented the east coast premiere of the work.

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