A new season of our popular OPERA NIGHT series begins on SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10 at 5:30 when we present an entirely original evening entitled “QUEENS OF THE NIGHT- AN EVENING OF OPERA FIT FOR ROYALTY.”

The professional singers and musicians of Boston’s OPERA-ON-TAP will marshall their forces to bring us a program set on a variety of royalty-related themes. Led by one of our resident Divas, MEZZO GINA RAZON, this cast will present music from the Baroque Period, the region of Louis XIV aka “The Sun King”, “Crazy” King Ludwig, Mozart’s liege Emperor Joseph of Austria and other royal patrons of the arts.

Don’t worry, they won’t neglect the famous women of royal blood in operatic literature, including Elizabeth I, Titania, Marie Antoinette and, of course, Mozart’s Queen of the Night.

This night’s cast includes four veterans well known to Stellina audiences: Soprano Dana Varga, Tenor Ethan Bremner, accompanist James Meyers and, of course, Mezzo Gina Razon. We also welcome the Stellina debut of Soprano Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste (pictured above in Tosca)

PROGRAM

Soprano Dana Varga

Tu che di gel from Turandot

The Jewel Song from Faust
Da Tempeste from Handel’s Caesar

Soprano Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste

Vissi d’arte from Tosca
Es gibt ein Reich from Ariadne auf Naxos
Casta diva from Norma

Tenor Ethan Bremner
Dies Bildnis from Magic Flute
Nessun Dorma from Turandot
Fuor del Mar from Idomeneo

Mezzo Gina Razon
Al’Afflitto e dolce il pianto from Roberto Devereux
When I am laid in Earth  from Dido and Aeneas
Acerba Volutta from Adriana Lecouvreur

Opera began as a court entertainment. Wealthy nobility in the 17th and 18th centuries had their own theatres, composers, musicians and theatrical troupes to entertain them and their guests. So it’s not surprising that there was a good degree of flattery on stage to reflect the status of the aristocrats who paid for it all.

Baroque and Classical operas are full of scenarios in which rulers are challenged, angered and betrayed. But whatever happens in the course of the story, the monarch (mythological or historical) invariably ends the work through dispensing a bit of noble forgiveness.

Sunday Night at the Opera consists of live performances by professional musicians in a relaxed setting. Three sets of music are performed interspersed with a three course dinner, served family style.

This evening’s dinner will follow the musical theme. We’ll start with Margherita Pizza, named after Queen Margherita, and Caesar Salad, in honor of Julius Caesar. Other courses will include baked Eggplant with tomatoes and béchamel (in honor of Queen Catherine of Medici), Poulet Henry IV (“A Chicken in Every Pot!”) and Seafood in a Crust (as in Elizabethan times). The dinner will finish with a slice of Queen Marie Antoinette‘s “Let Them Eat Cake!”

Sunday Night At The Opera costs $55 per person, including all food and entertainment. Reservations are required.

We suggest making your reservations over the phone to insure proper confirmation. Please call 617-924-9475.

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