Vermont Philharmonic Opera Concert
The power of destiny, of love, of grief! The big orchestral sound matching the big operatic voices and the big emotions! You’ll hear all of this and more at the Vermont Philharmonic’s annual Opera Gala conducted by Lou Kosma.Audiences will love Italian opera masterpieces and arias in the Bel Canto style: lyrical, languishing, ironic, and enchanting. The concert features three talented young singers who are winners of the prestigious performance awards from the 2018 Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy.
Sofie Lund-Tonnesen, soprano, is a native of Denmark and a graduate of the Royal Danish Conservatory in Copenhagen. She will sing arias from Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore and Don Pasquale.
Johanna Nylund, soprano, is from Finland, and has studied in Helsinki, Trieste, and Copenhagen. She will sing arias from Donizetti’s La figlia del Regimento and Verdi’s La Traviata.
Danielle Alexis Smith, mezzo soprano, is a graduate of Stanford University. She will perform songs by Stefano Donaudy and Paolo Tosti, an aria from Bellini’s Norma, and a Donizetti duet with Sofie Lund-Tonnesen.
In addition to accompanying the soloists, the orchestra will perform the intense Intermezzo from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and the Overture to Wagner’s Rienzi.
Conductor Lou Kosma has been the acclaimed music director of the Vermont Philharmonic since 1999. As a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for many years, he knows his way around the world of grand opera. The Vermont Philharmonic has been making beautiful music in central Vermont since 1959 – it’s Vermont’s oldest community orchestra, about to celebrate its 60th Anniversary.