The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra marks its 20th Anniversary with the begin- ning of the 2012-2013 Season in September. In addition to its schedule of concerts, including the flagship Super Series, Focus Series and Sounds of Summer Series, this celebratory season also brings two beloved operas, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, to Central Florida audiences.
The Marriage of Figaro will be presented at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on Friday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m. Conductor Joel Revzen returns to the Philharmonic to conduct this classic opera and Fenlon Lamb directs.
Mozart wrote this opera in 1786 after moving to Vienna and conducted the first performance in Vienna at the Burgtheater on May 1, 1786. It’s an “Upstairs, Downstairs” world – filled with seduction, lust, infidelity, love and forgiveness – all woven together seamlessly with sublime music. The Count and Countess Almavi- va’s clever maid Susanna and her fiancée, Figaro the valet, plot to outwit the Count and his philandering ways in this comedy many opera lovers consider Mozart’s most “perfectly” written opera.
The Marriage of Figaro is now regarded as a cornerstone of operatic repertoire, and ranks Number 5 on the Operabase list of most-performed operas worldwide.
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly will be presented on Friday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. The opera is based, in part, on a short story “Madame Butterfly” (1898) by John Luther Long. And according to one scholar, it was based on events that actually occurred in Nagasaki in the early 1890’s. Orlando Philharmonic Music Director Christopher Wilkins conducts this masterpiece and Robert Swedberg, former General Director of the Orlando Opera, directs.
Madama Butterfly is a staple of the standard operatic repertoire for companies around the world and ranks Number 8 on the Operabase list of most-performed operas worldwide.
The story of Butterfly, a beautiful young geisha, who sacrifices her family, her re- ligion, and ultimately her life for an American World War II naval officer, Lieuten- ant Pinkerton, is known and beloved by opera lovers everywhere. Pinkerton takes Butterfly as his bride for convenience, with no intention of bringing her home to America. The sweeping emotional power of Puccini’s music is unsurpassed in all of opera and it is not unusual to see both male and females weeping as the story’s tragic ending unfolds! Both operas are sung in Italian with English supertitles.