Stony Brook Opera to Perform Selected Great Romantic Scenes from Opera at Brookhaven Lab November 13

Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin enlarge

Scene from Eugene Onegin (courtesy Wikimedia)

UPTON, NY — Stony Brook Opera will perform selected romantic love scenes from popular operas at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory on Wednesday, November 13, at noon in Berkner Hall. Sponsored by Brookhaven Science Associates, the company that manages the Lab, the concert is free and open to the public. All visitors to the Laboratory 16 and older must bring a photo I.D.

This stirring program will present love scenes from popular Italian, French, German and Russian operas, including Verdi's Rigoletto, Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Richard Strauss' Rosenkavalier, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Bellini's I Capuleti ed i Montecchi, Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, and Handel's Serse. 

David Lawton, professor of music and artistic director of Stony Brook Opera, will conduct the performance. Isabel Milenski, artistic director of Hofstra Opera Theater, will make her Stony Brook Opera debut as stage director. The scenes will be semi-staged, with piano accompaniment, and will be sung in the original languages, with projected titles in English. 

 "We have some exciting new singers in our opera program who will join those who appeared with us for the first time last season," said Lawton. "We have chosen scenes that are perfect for our young singers. Although the scenes are drawn from seven different operas, they are unified by a common theme: All of them involve high points in passionate love relationships, from the magic of love at first sight to enforced separation, reconciliation after a conflict, and the pain of loss. This program promises to create a satisfying musical and dramatic experience for our audience."

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