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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 9, 2010 Page 9 by J-Iilda _5I. Morrill M Left to right: Contradicting the stereotype that opera is only for older people, young professionals Tyler York, Elena Damaskos, opera Singer Jesse Blumberg, Mia Howard, Ethan Tavan and Karen Robichaud celebrated Mr. Blumberg's Opening Night in Boston Lyric Opera's production of Ariadne auf Naxos. The North American premiere of Welsh National Opera's acclaimed production attracted audiences of all ages as well as rave reviews with its blend of slapstick comedy and tragedy. Boston Lyric Opera recently introduced the North Ameri- can premiere of Welsh Na- tional Opera's acclaimed pro- duction of R. Strauss' Ar/adne auf Naxos at the Citi Shubert Theatre. The comedy about creating an opera with a touch of Greek mythology was conducted and sung by artists who have been making head- lines recently in the classi- cal music community. More than 150 guests enjoyed a "Cast Reception" after the opening-night per- formance in the Governor's Room at the Four Seasons in Boston. Singers, directors. designers, BLO Board mem- bers, donors, patrons, and staff mingled to celebrate the premiere, which received rave reviews in Boston media. Ariadne auf Naxos was con- ducted by Erik Nielsen, who was selected by James Levine in 2008 to conduct Tanglewood's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. The Metropolitan Opera has already contracted Mr. Niel- sen for-its 2010-2011 Season. Marjorie Owens took on the title role. last sung at BLO in 1991 by Deborah Voigt, whose performance put her on the map following a review by New York Times critic John Rockwell Ms. Owens is pres- ently on the radar of Times critic Anthony Tommasini, who "described her as "a 28- year-old American soprano with a big, gleaming voice that suggests that she is a Wagnerian in the making ... a gifted soprano." She sang opposite tenor Brandon Jovanovich's Bac- chus, who recently performed the role of Don Jos6 at the Met's new Carmen. An Asso- ciated Press review called him a "young and rising star [who] possesses one of the most potent ... voices to come (Photo by Roger Farrington) along in some time " A third Met connection is soprano Rachele Gilmore, who sang Zerbinetta. Ms. Gilmore took the stage in New York as Olympia last December in the Met's new Les contes d'Hoffmann. She is an alumna of Boston University's Opera Institute. Additional Boston connec- tions abound. Concord resident Mara Bonde, (Echo), has performed with the Boston Pops, Boston Baroque, and Handel & Haydn Society. She is a graduate of BU's Opera Insti- tute, as is Jesse Blumberg (Harlekin), who recently de- buted with the Boston Early Music Festival as Mercurio in L'incoronazione di Poppea_ and Adonis in Venus and Adonis. Fellow Opera Institute alum Tracy Wise (Scara- muccio) is trained in Cam- media dell'Arte, and ballet Mara Bonde and her husband Evan Ricker enter the Opening Night Cast Reception of Boston Lyric Opera's Ariadne auf Naxos. Ms. Bonde, a soprano, sang the role of "Echo" in her BLO debut. (Photo by Roger Farrington) Boston Lyric Opera Board member Linda Cabot Black is photographed with tenor and Met star Brandon Jovanovich, who sang the role of Bacchus in BLO's Ariadne auf Naxos. (Photo by Roger Farrington) Robert Kaplan, left, husband of Boston Lyric Opera Board member Ellen Kaplan, joins BLO Board member and Cambridge resident Madeleine Brandt Jacquet and Erik Nielsen, right, conductor of Boston Lyric Opera's Ariadne auf Naxos, at Boston Lyric Opera's Opening Night Cast Reception at the Four Seasons Hotel. (Photo by Roger Farrington) with the Boston Ballet. _ Other Opera Institute graduates included Wellesley native Joanna Mongiardo (Naiad) and South Dart- mouth resident Anton Belay (Wigmaker). Mr. Belov also graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music, as did Bostonian Julius Ahn (Tanzmeister/ Bri'ghella), Andrea Coleman (Dryad) of Jamaica Plain. and Newburyport resident Nell Ferreira (Officer). John Whittlesey (Lackey) of Committee Chair, "Many important topics will be dis- cussed during the April FOCCP Monthly meeting! We hope you can join us!" "Please come prepared to help stuff envelopes for our Annual Membership Drive," she adds. The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park is an all-vol- unteer group. Moneys raised through membership dues are used to help support the park, Lhe gardens and an- nual trellis lights. There are Boston has performed more several different member- than 40 roles with BLO, and appears frequently with In- termezzo Opera. which he founded. This production was the eleventh time David Cushing (Truffaldino) of Milford sang with BLO at the Shubert. He recently made his Symphony i ship categories. Incidentally, be sure to save the date for the Friends' 7th Gala Fundraising Celebration, which is scheduled for Friday, November 19, 2010 at the Marriott Long Wharf. Contact e~ the Friends regarding spon- soring, purchasing tables or Hall debut in Beethoven's tickets, and/or donating auc- Symphony No. 9. tion items for this special Congratulations and Best event. Wishes to all! For information To learn more about becom- about upcoming Boston Lyric ing a member of the Friends 111 Opera productions and spe-or information about upcom- ~ cial events, please visit ing events, call 781-639- ~I blo.org. 6002, email info@foccp.org, or ! The next meeting of visit www.foccp.org. ~] the ....... 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