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NEOC Presentation
December 17, 2017


Angelo Mammano presents 

Verdi at the Ballet

Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi was not only the supreme opera composer without whom there would be insufficient repertory for opera companies even to exist, according to Metropolitan Opera conductor George Schick. He was also a ballet composer of exceptional ability whose endeavors in that field, particularly those works written for the Paris Opéra on demand, are remarkable for their variety and inventiveness. To be truthful of course, his ballets are mere interpolations in the context of existing operas and not complete works in and of themselves like Adam's Giselle or Delibes's Sylvia. Even though solely divertissements, they are unquestionably such of the highest quality.

For French adaptations of his Italian operas, like Le Trouvèsre (Il Trovatore) and Jerusalem (I Lombardi alla prima crociata) and for original works commissioned for the Salle Garnier like Don Carlos and Les Vêpres siciliennes,
 he composed some of the most delightful and fascinating music ever written for the ballet genre. In particular, Ballo della Regina from Don Carlos and The Four Seasons from Vêpres are minor masterpieces that invite repeat hearings.

For all the closet balletomanes out there (and you know who you are), here is your chance to discover a side to Giuseppe Verdi that you quite possibly never knew existed. Soyez les bienvenues!

Angelo Mammano

Please note:  For this month only, NEOC Presentation will be held in the
second floor Lucia Mastrangelo Meeting Room of Watertown Library.  
Since seating is limited, admittance will be restricted to
paying members of NEOC only. 
Please RSVP: operainfo@neoperaclub.org

The Library is fully handicap-accessible


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Date:
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Time:
2:00 - 4:00 PM

Place:
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street, Watertown, MA

Telephone:
(617) 972-6421

Directions:
From the West: Take Route 20 East (Main Street) to Watertown Square.

From the East: Take Rte. 16 (Mt. Auburn St.) west. Turn right on Main Street.

Public Transportation: The library is accessible via MBTA Bus routes Express 502, Express 504, 52, 57, 59, 70, 70A, and 71. It is less than a five minute walk to the library from the buses that arrive at Watertown Yard.

Parking: There are plenty of metered (free on Sunday) parking spaces at the rear of the Library, from which you can access the Library through the back door. Drive in on the passage just before the Fire House.

The Library is fully handicap-accessible.

The new year is almost here!
Membership fees are due in January.
Note a change in fees for 2018:
$40 Single, $45 Double (Two persons at the same address)
$15 student with valid ID.
Thank you for your support!

The Pilgrim's Progress in Orleans

From its first performance in 1951, The Pilgrim's Progress, an opera by Ralph Vaughan Williams, has suffered from a checkered history on stage. Its Covent Garden premiere was criticized for its lack of “theatricality,” and the attempt at a revival the following year was a failure.

Those of us who greatly admired the recordings of the opera have wondered if a concert performance was the best wayto hear this masterpieces. The performances held on October 27 and 28 at the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, Massachusetts, prove that "The Pilgrim's Progress" is indeed an opera, and a very good one.

The internationally known choir Gloriae Dei Cantores and the Elements Theatre Company combined with invited soloists and members of the Community of Jesus to mount this production with 40 in the cast, 60 in the chorus, and a full orchestra.

Read the complete review by Dr. Deal W. Hudson

Upcoming presentations:

January 21, 2018:

By popular demand, Ed Tapper returns with Part 2 of his Great Singers Around Boston series.

February 11, 2018

Berkshire Opera Festival

 
 
 

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