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Verdi’s Orietta

Date: March 12, 2006 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Sunday, March 12, 7 p.m.
Agnes Flanagan Chapel

A concert version of Giuseppe Verdi’s Orietta di Lesbo to the music of Joan of Arc will be performed in concert version with the alternate libretto on the Greek story of Orietta di Lesbo, a libretto unheard since the 1850s in Italy. The libretto was used due to Papal censorship in Italy at the time.

Members of the Oregon Repertory Singers, the Lewis & Clark College Choir and other individuals will join with a regional orchestra and soloists from two countries, including internationally traveled opera singer Ioanna Sfekas-Karvelas. soprano from Lesvos, Greece, baritone Christopher Wells from the San Francisco Opera and tenor Lance Ferguson of Linfield College. Dr. George Skipworth will conduct.

A pre-concert lecture will be offered in the hour before the performance by Dr. Nora Beck, and she will narrate the lecture-performance scene by scene.

The Portland performance is a prelude to a Lewis & Clark sponsored three week symphonic/choral/operatic festival to be held on the island of Lesvos in June, 2006 entitled The Aegean Verdi Festival, in which orchestra members, choruses and soloists will attend from several nations. A symphonic concert featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Verdi’s Requiem and the Orietta di Lesbo will be performed.

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