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The 2016-17 Opera Season – Opera With Passion


Rigoletto in Concert


The HOT Take Abroad Pt. 3 – Boris Godunov

Prom number 2 was a concert performance of Mussorgsky’s epic opera, Boris Godunov, by the Royal Opera House. As with HOT’s recent concert performance, the chorus and orchestra were onstage throughout, with the soloists entering and exiting according to the score. Since this production had already been performed fully staged at the Royal Opera House, the soloists were in costume.


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HOT’s Orvis Opera Studio Live in Concert with Maestro Tim Shaindlin

Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) presents the HOT Orvis Opera Studio: Live in Concert with Maestro Timothy Shaindlin, on August 6, 2016, at the Sacred Hearts Academy Chapel. This free event is offered by of HOT’s Education Department.

Singers from the Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio will perform in this free concert featuring opera arias and other classical music favorites led by Maestro Timothy Shaindlin. The event is the culmination of the singers’ work, after two weeks spent with Maestro Shaindlin.

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The HOT Take Abroad Pt. 2

Last night there was a concert featuring a new piece by Jonathan Dove, who was in Hawaii last year for HOT’s production of his opera Siren Song. Jonathan’s new work is a wonderfully evocative song cycle for string quartet and tenor, performed by Mark Padmore, who was my roommate at King’s. He is now one of the leading English tenors in oratorio and recital repertoire, and his lyrical and authoritative performance was both impressive and deeply moving. The poetry is by the Syrian writer, Ali Safar, in a translation by Anne-Marie McManus, and Jonathan displays his extraordinary ability to set words to music, unleashing the bleak despair and real human grief of the Syrian civil war, while holding out the promise of future hope.


The HOT Take Abroad

This was a stunning, new production, with designs by the Indian sculptor, Anish Kapoor, famous for his large-scale installations. The set was strikingly dramatic, featuring large abstract structures in the center of the stage, with fabulous lighting by Paul Anderson. ENO performs everything in English, and the translation by Andrew Porter was clear and simple – the supertitles were almost superfluous. The principal roles are exceptionally demanding, and Stuart Skelton (Tristan) and Heidi Melton (Isolde) did sterling work, with the Act 2 duet a highlight. There was excellent support from Scottish Mezzo-soprano, Karen Cargill as Brangane, and Craig Colclough as Kurwenal, and the orchestra was beautifully conducted by Edward Gardner, with fine pacing and structure, which is essential for this gargantuan work.

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