The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra rescheduled Alfred Savia’s Farewell concert, Puccini’s Turandot, to Saturday, August 15, 2020 at the Victory Theatre at 7 PM. The performance includes a collaboration of Orchestra, Chorus, UE Opera and multiple soloists, including Soprano, Othalie Graham as Turandot.
The three acts lyric drama is the exotic tale of three riddles which stand before any suitor wishing to marry Princess Turandot, and one wrong answer means death. A tour de force for orchestra and chorus, Giacomo Puccini’s opera of ancient China is told through extremely sumptuous and evocative music. Its impassioned Nessun Dorma, popularized by Luciano Pavarotti, is the most famous aria of all time. Turandot ranks among the top 20 operas in terms of its public presentations world-wide.
“As I considered what would be the finale to my tenure as the Philharmonic’s Music Director, many thoughts spun around which ultimately led to my choice of Puccini’s Turandot. It has been, since I first performed it as a clarinetist in the pit, my favorite opera. The fabled Chinese setting and story together with Puccini’s boldest and most passionate score – the last music he wrote – add up to a lush and exotic work that stimulate the senses like none other. With this concert presentation we highlight the entire orchestra, chorus, University of Evansville Opera and a stellar cast of soloists. Bringing opera to Evansville over the past 30 years is one of the things of which I’m proudest. It is my pleasure and privilege to bring this production of Turandot to the community for my final concert,” states Alfred Savia
Canadian-American soprano Othalie Graham continues to receive acclaim throughout North America and is known for her interpretations of the title roles in Turandot and Aida and her commitment to Wagnerian repertoire. Opera News calls her “a vocally secure Turandot, her gleaming tones well suited to the ice princess’s misanthropic resolve.”
Recent performances include the title role in Turandot with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; the title role in Aida with Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera, and at the Teatro Greco di Siracusa; the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos with Festival Opera; covering Elektra at Teatro San Carlo Napoli; and Minnie in La Fanciulla del West with the Nashville and Indianapolis Operas. Recent concert highlights include all-Wagner programs in Mexico City and Peru, and with the Washington Chorus at The Kennedy Center; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with The Philadelphia Orchestra; the Washington National Chorus at The Kennedy Center; and the Britten War Requiem with the Fondazione Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.
American tenor Matthew Vickers performs the role of Calaf and has been praised for his “brilliant and golden voice” (Die Kleine Zeitung), his “burnished sound and confident acting” (National Post), and hailed as “a gutsy performer whose glowing tenor voice has interestingly dark, baritonal undertones (Opera Now).
Mr. Vickers recently performed the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera, debuted with the Macerata Festival as Don José in Carmen, and sang Canio in Pagliacci with the Savannah Music Festival, with Virginia Opera as Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La bohème with Dayton Opera, Principe Dimitri in Risurrezione with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and Sam in Susannah with Annapolis Opera.
Internationally acclaimed Greek soprano Eleni Calenos returns to the Victory Theatre as Liu. Calenos has captured critics’ and audiences’ admiration for the clarity and warmth of her voice, and her dignified characterizations.
Her operatic repertoire includes more than 25 roles, most of them repeatedly performed. Her roles include: Mimi in La Bohème, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Suor Angelica, Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, Liu in Turandot, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Magic Flute, Fiordiliggi in Cosi fan Tutte, Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus , and Vee Talbot in Bruce Saylor’s contemporary opera Orpheus Descending.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Philharmonic Box Office at 812.425.5050, Ext 300 or by ordering online at www.evansvillephilharmonic.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, two hours prior to the concert. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, military, students and age 18-39 attendees and can be purchased by calling the box office.
Concert Sponsor is Martha & Merritt deJong Foundation. Guest Artist Sponsor is William E. Schmidt Foundation with Friends of the Chorus as Chorus Sponsor. Maestro Sponsor is Friends of the Maestro, and Stage Director Sponsor is Dorothy Parsons.
Maestro Alfred Savia’s Farewell Concert Public After-Party
Immediately following the 7 PM concert, there will be a public farewell after-party held at DoubleTree – Evansville Grand Ballroom. Enjoy appetizers and cash bar as you mingle with patrons, guest artists, and give your best wishes personally to Maestro Alfred Savia. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at 812.425.5050, online at evansvillephilharmonic.org or at the EPO office located at 20 NW 3rd Street, Suite 500, Evansville, IN 47708. RSVP must be received by Monday, August 10, 2020.