Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones - Live via Satellite, Saturday, October 23 beginning at 12:55 P.M.
The 28th Annual Bel Canto Recital had to be postponed a year but e are back and better than ever with a great line up of four performers. They will be Kara Shay Thompson, soprano; Mary Phiillips, mezzo soprano; Jonathan Burton, tenor; Todd Thomas, baritone and as always, our "orchestra," Dr. Stephen Dubberly, who has been with Bel Canto since its inception.
Michael Mayer’s acclaimed production, first seen in the 2012–13 season, sets the action of Verdi’s masterpiece in 1960 Las Vegas—a neon-lit world ruled by money and ruthless, powerful men. Piotr Beczala is the Duke, a popular entertainer and casino owner who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Željko Lucic sings Rigoletto, his sidekick and comedian, and Diana Damrau is Rigoletto’s innocent daughter, Gilda. When she is seduced by the Duke, Rigoletto sets out on a tragic course of murderous revenge. Štefan Kocán is the assassin Sparafucile and Michele Mariotti conducts.