Blackness in Opera Workshop: Compositori ed interpreti di coloro nell'opera lirica tra America ed Europa
Jul
11
4:30 PM16:30

Blackness in Opera Workshop: Compositori ed interpreti di coloro nell'opera lirica tra America ed Europa

Blackness as a concept of constructed racial otherness is readily recognized as a theme in several operas from the standard operatic repertoire: Verdi’s Aida, Otello,  Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Rossini’s Italiana in Algieri, and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. However the influence of Blackness resonates throughout the operatic canon in deeper ways. The exchange of people, ideas, and economies between the African and European continents and across the proximate coastlines stretch back to the beginning of recorded history. Similarly, the escalation of European exploitation of Africa coincided with an increase in wealth on the European continent that allowed opera to flourish as an entertainment for the wealthy beginning in the 16th  Century. In fact, the dates of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1510-1910 correlate with the most influential creations of the operatic cannon and the persistent development of racialized ideologies which would later prevent Black artists from singing opera even after they had trained and been found vocally proficient. This relationship has rarely received scholarly attention commensurate with its impact. Later triumphs by Black singers on the international operatic stage, such as Marian Anderson at the Metropolitan Opera House (1955), Mattiwilda Dobbs at La Scala (1958), Grace Bumbry at Bayreuth (1961) are all the more significant and the struggles to realize a fully integrated opera-going experience all the more formidable when viewed within this context. This presentation will explore the complicated sites of Blackness in Opera and suggest holistic pathways  forward. 

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Salzburger Kammermusik Konzerte
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Salzburger Kammermusik Konzerte

Dr. Carl DuPont, assistant professor at the Peabody Conservatory,  will present an evening of art songs by Black composers for bass and baritone voice with pianist Dr. Gregory Thompson. Together they will demonstrate the connections spirituals, gospel music, and art songs by Black composers stylistically, while also showing where the song forms diverge into their own distinct genres. In addition to that, this program features Black female and male composers as well as 20th and 21st century composers, highlighting the developments in the Black American identity and the challenges that have remained constant. Intended as an intervention to what has become accepted as the traditional Eurocentric American recital, this performance brings rare and unjustly neglected works to the concert stage as part of Dr. DuPont’s research agenda focused on equity and inclusion in high music education.

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La fille du régiment
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

La fille du régiment

Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment

Marie is a spirited young woman who was orphaned as an infant and improbably raised by a French army regiment. Unaware of her aristocratic lineage, she’s fallen for a handsome peasant and Will she marry for love? Or choose her social status? (Hint: There’s a happy ending for all.)

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La fille du régiment
Nov
15
7:30 PM19:30

La fille du régiment

Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment

Marie is a spirited young woman who was orphaned as an infant and improbably raised by a French army regiment. Unaware of her aristocratic lineage, she’s fallen for a handsome peasant and Will she marry for love? Or choose her social status? (Hint: There’s a happy ending for all.)

On y va!

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La fille du régiment
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

La fille du régiment

Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment

Marie is a spirited young woman who was orphaned as an infant and improbably raised by a French army regiment. Unaware of her aristocratic lineage, she’s fallen for a handsome peasant and Will she marry for love? Or choose her social status? (Hint: There’s a happy ending for all.)

ALLONS-Y!

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Cyrano de Bergerac
Nov
12
2:00 PM14:00

Cyrano de Bergerac

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Carl DuPont, Marquis de Brisaille

James Meena, conductor

 

Cyrano de Bergerac is an opera in three acts by David DiChiera and a libretto in French by Bernard Uzan. It’s based on the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. The opera premiered in 2007 at the Michigan Opera Theatre followed by performances at the Opera Company of Philadelphia and at the Florida Grand Opera. Accessbility Options Sung in French with projected English titles.

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Cyrano de Bergerac
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Cyrano de Bergerac

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Carl DuPont, Marquis de Brisaille

James Meena, conductor

 

Cyrano de Bergerac is an opera in three acts by David DiChiera and a libretto in French by Bernard Uzan. It’s based on the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. The opera premiered in 2007 at the Michigan Opera Theatre followed by performances at the Opera Company of Philadelphia and at the Florida Grand Opera. Accessbility Options Sung in French with projected English titles.

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Cyrano de Bergerac
Nov
4
8:00 PM20:00

Cyrano de Bergerac

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Carl DuPont, Marquis de Brisaille

James Meena, conductor

 

Cyrano de Bergerac is an opera in three acts by David DiChiera and a libretto in French by Bernard Uzan. It’s based on the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. The opera premiered in 2007 at the Michigan Opera Theatre followed by performances at the Opera Company of Philadelphia and at the Florida Grand Opera. Accessbility Options Sung in French with projected English titles.

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The Path of Faith - Carolina Pro Musica
Sep
9
8:00 PM20:00

The Path of Faith - Carolina Pro Musica

Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn, BWV 152

Rebecca Saunders, soprano

Carl DuPont, bass

Alicia Chapman, oboe

Karen Hite Jacob, continuo

Holly Maurer, viola da gamba

Gordon Ferrell, recorder

The cantata is intimate chamber music for only two voices, soprano and bass, and four solo instruments.[3] Christoph Wolff notes the "colourful and delicate effects achievable with these forces".[4] The opening sinfonia in two sections is reminiscent of a French overture, which Bach had used with a meaning in Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61, a few weeks earlier. The theme of the fugue is similar to that of Bach's fugue for organ, BWV 536.[4] The fugue is one of few instrumental fugues in Bach's cantatas.[7]

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American Spiritual Ensemble Tour
Jan
30
to Feb 19

American Spiritual Ensemble Tour

 

The American Spiritual Ensemble is a critically-acclaimed professional group composed of some of the finest singers in the classical music world. The vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals and Broadway numbers.

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Bach's Christmas Oratorio
Nov
18
to Nov 20

Bach's Christmas Oratorio

Bass Soloist, with Central Piedmont Community College

 

CPCC Opera Theatre and Dance Theatre present excerpts from "Christmas Oratorio," with music by Johann Sebastian Bach, and choreography by modern dance pioneer Charles Weidman. A full orchestra, chorus, and dancers perform this depiction of the Christmas story, featuring abstract dance sequences, pantomime, and moving sets. Conductedby Dr. Alan Yamamoto, and co-directed by Rebecca Cook-Carter and Clay Daniel.

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HONOR, A Salute to our Armed Services
Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

HONOR, A Salute to our Armed Services

Dona Nobis Pacem, Vaughn Williams

Christina Pier, soprano soloist

Carl DuPont, baritone soloist

In honor of our brave U.S. veterans, Charlotte’s semi-professional choir VOX, David Tang, conductor, is joined by full orchestra, guest choirs, and soloists in an uplifting performance of patriotic favorites and Vaughan Williams’ profound exploration of war and peace, Dona Nobis Pacem. Vaughan Williams’ masterwork will be accompanied by dramatic 3-D Civil War photography. Other pieces include Battle Hymn of the Republic and An Armed Forces Salute. Due to the graphic nature of the imagery, this program may not be suitable for young children.

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Der Vampyr, Opera Company of Brooklyn
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Der Vampyr, Opera Company of Brooklyn

Sir Humphrey and Robert Green

 

Der Vampyr (The Vampire), October 29 at 7PM

The Opera Company of Brooklyn's Original BYOB Series in Manhattan

Uptown Manhattan: 600 West 218th Street at 33 Indian Road, Apt 1G

New York, New York, 10034

 

Guest Conductor, Henco Espag

Pianist, Eric Malson

Stage Director, Steve Witting

Hammond Portable B3/Leslie 3300, Henco Espag

Lord Ruthven, Scott Thomas 

Sir Humphrey Davenaut/Robert Green, Carl DuPont 

Malwina, Natalie Eccleston

Sir Edgar Aubry, Douglas McDonnell

Sir John Berkley/Toms Blunt, Makoto Winkler

Janthe, Melanie Shank

George Dibdin/James Gadshill, David Baiey

Richard Scrop/John Perth, John Ramseyer

Emmy Perth, Marisa Karchin 

Suse/TBA

The Vampire Master, Steve Witting

 

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