Euterpe Opera Theatre is currently presenting
The First Annual Henrietta
Pelta Vocal Recital Series 1999-2000
Great songs can encompass a world of human emotions on just a single
page. This season, we introduce a series of recitals celebrating song and
honoring one of Sothern California's preeminent vocal coaches: Euterpe
Musical Director Emeritus Henrietta Pelta.
For nearly 75 years, Euterpe Opera Theatre has provided performance
opportunities for singers in the initial stages of their professional
careers. We are very pleased to extend our activities to include this
recital series, bringing you great vocal music from Bellini to Gershwin...
from improv to spirituals, performed by some of the Los Angeles area's
finest vocal artists.
All programs will take place in Harbeson Hall on the lovely Pasadena City
College campus. And each recital will be followed by a reception at
which you are invited to meet the musicians you have just applauded.
Come join us for this exciting season of song!
16 October 1999: Alison England, Soprano
Saturday 16 October 1999, 8:00 p.m.: Alison England, Soprano
Accompanied by Lisa Edwards, Pianist
Alison England, according to Opera News, "has it all... the looks,
the voice, the termperment." Her 1991 Greater Miami Opera debut as Celia
Wade in Carlisle Floyd's The Passion of Jonathan Wade was hailed by
critics and by Floyd. She was immediately engaged to repeat the role of
Celia with the Seattle Opera and to appear in the title role of Floyd's
Susannah at Kansas City Lyric Opera -- both directed by the
composer. "A star in intepretation and musical skill" (Anaheim Bulletin),
Ms.England has appeared with major regional opera companies and leading
orchestras throughout the United States and in Japan, and is consitently
recognized by critics as a formidable vocal and acting talent.
Ms.England will present "An Evening of Melody" featuring vocal works of
Strauss and Bellini along with Spanish canciones, Ravel's haunting
"Chansons Madecasses" with cello and flute, and the soulful, expansive
music of American composers Ricky Ian Gordon, Jenny Giering, and Jason
Robert Brown, concluding with comedic selections by William Bolcom and
Flanders & Swann.
23 January 2000: Susan Holsonbake, Soprano
Sunday 23 January 2000, 4:00 p.m.: Susan Holsonbake, Soprano
Accompanied by Ann Baltz, Pianist
According to the Los Angeles Times, "the program comes alive with the
entrance of Susan Holsonbake, a talented and versatile young soprano from
California." Ms.Holsonbake has been a featured soloist with such
companies as the Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Pacific, Los Angeles Opera, Aspen
Music Festival, and the Redlands Bowl Music Festival. Recent roles include
Gilda (Rigoletto), Musetta (La Boheme), Marie (La Fille
du regiment), and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro). Greatly in
demand as a concert soloist, she was heard last season in the Crystal
Cathedral Concert Series singing Bach's virtuoso soprano cantata, Jauchzet
Gott in allen Landen.
Ms.Holsonbake will present a program of songs and arias by American
composers including Barber, Blitstein, Copland, Hoiby, and Gershwin. To
conclude, she and Ms.Baltz will create a section of improvisational songs
built on written words or phrases contributed by the audience!
2 April 2000: Kelly Westover-Boudreaux, Soprano
Sunday, 2 April 2000, 4:00 p.m.: Kelly Westover-Boudreaux, Soprano
Accompanied by Fred Carama, Pianist
Kelly Westover-Boudreaux holds degrees in vocal performance from Chapman
University and USC, and is also a graduate of the Music Academy of the
West, where she performed and studied with Marilyn Horne. A recent winner
of the "Opera 100" and "Orange County Young Artist" awards,
Ms.Westover-Boudreaux was also a 1998 Metropolitan Opera Competition Los
Angeles Area Semifinalist. She has appeared in operatic roles including
Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte), Helenai (A Midsummer Night's Dream),
Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), and this season performed soprano solos
in Handel's Messiah at the Crystal Cathedral. Her voice can be heard
on the new Star Trek CD-ROM and she recently completed recording of her debut
Ms. Westover-Boudreaux will present an eclectic program of Handel arias,
canciones by Joaquin Rodrigo, "Juliette's Waltz Song," arias from Moore's
The Ballad of Baby Doe along with classic Broadway favorites, moving
arrangements of American folk songs and spirituals, and a group of
Cole Porter songs.
11 March 2000: A new Spanish-language comic opera
Saturday, 11 March 2000, 8:00 p.m.: Special Premiere Concert!
Scenes from Las Poquianchis, a new comic opera by award-winning composer
Enrique Gonzalez-Medina. The opera, set in Mexico, is based on an actual
1964 criminal case involving murder by two notorious madams: "las
Selections will be presented in Spanish by Singers Gretchen Johnson,
Deborah Mayhan, Gabriel Reoyo-Pazos, and Dennis Rupp; guitarist Felix
Bullock; and cellist Antonia Ramirez; with the composer conducting.
Presented on behalf of the Board of Directors of Euterpe Opera Theatre,
Robert Frampton, President
Carole Blum, Vice President
Jonathan Vos Post, Secretary
Mary Ann Bosnos, Recital Coordinator
16 September 2000: Love & Passion In Spanish Song
Euterpe Opera Theatre presents "Love & Passion In Spanish Song", a
program of zarzuela and ballads, performed by Melodee Fernandez, soprano;
Gabriel Reoyo-Pazos, Tenor; and Theodore Crain, piano. The program will
be Saturday Evening, September 16, at 8 pm. at Harbeson Hall, Pasadena
City College, Pasadena (Colorado Blvd. just East of Hill St.). General
Admission is $20; and students under age 25, with student ID, $10.
Program Description: The concert presents a potpourri of songs expressing
the many shades of love. Among these are tonadillas and zarzuela romanzas
from works such as 'Luisa Fernanda', 'La tabernera del puerto', 'La dolorosa'
and 'Los celos iguales', from 18th to 20th century Spain. Also included will
be sumptuous tangos and boleros from Cuba and Mexico by Agustin Lara,
Maria Grever, Carlos Gardel and Consuelo Velazquez.
Zarzuela: Spaniards take great pride in their music, art, culture and
country. That is why the zarzuela has maintained its popularity to this day.
It is a genre that began in the 17th century, but its roots go back even further.
Originating in the Spanish lyric theater, it was influenced by Italian commedia
dell'arte and French opera comique, and has been likened to that of light opera
or operetta, because of its unaccompanied spoken dialogue and generally
light-hearted stories. Tonadilla in the 18th century was a one-act satirical
or political sketch for just a few characters, exploiting national dances and
folk-type melodies. It developed into a broadly humorous entertainment with a
romantic element. By 1810, the tonadilla was in decline and soon gave way to
the Zarzuela. Most zarzuelas have both a serious couple to move the plot along
and a comic couple to soften things up. This makes for a nice combination of
music that can have the feel of Italian verismo in one instance, and in another,
be light and rhythmic like Mozart. Moorish harmonies and florid passages can
also be heard; and the use of vihuelas and bandurrias keep Spaniards
connected to their history. Traditional dances and rhythms like jotas,
peteneras, soleares, polos; regional costumes; and characters such as majos,
chulos and dialect speaking Andalusians make these theater pieces nationalistic
treasures. Blurring borders, minuets, mazurkas, a schottis or even a tango or
foxtrot may also be present, as might a Russian, Italian, royal or courtly
character. There are even Cuban, Puerto Rican and Filipino zarzuelas that have
been written by composers in those countries.
Melodee Fernandez, soprano, is highly regarded as a specialist of Spanish
Zarzuela and art song. While living in Spain, she sang with Opera Comica de
Madrid in a national tour of zarzuelas, under Maestro Luis Remartinez. She has
been a featured soloist with the Coro Galileo in Madrid, as well as 'Musica en
Compostela.' Ms Fernandez was well received as Paloma in Santa Barbara Grand
Opera's first zarzuela production, 'El Barberillo de Lavapios'. She sang Carmela
in 'Un Camino de Fe', a bilingual children's opera, with Opera Pacific's Overture
Company; Medina, in 'Teseo', with Opera Theatre of Lucca (Italy); Pamina in
'The Magic Flute', with Golden West Opera; Susanna, in 'The Marriage
of Figaro', with USC Opera; and Nella, in 'Gianni Schicchi', with the Music
Academy of the West. She is founder and director of Canto Espanol, which
performs concerts of Spanish and Latin American zarzuela and art song throughout
Southern California. In June she presented a week of zarzuela master classes
as part of the CSU Summer Arts Program hosted by Cal State Fresno.
Cuban Tenor Gabriel Reoyo-Pazos graduated from CSUN. He has sung with many
local opera companies in such roles as Cavaradossi in 'Tosca', Canio in
'I Pagliacci', and Florestan in 'Fidelio', with Pacific Repertory Company;
Turiddu in 'Cavalleria Rusticana', Alfred in 'Die Fledermaus', and Don Luis
in the zarzuela 'El Barberillo de Lavapies' with Santa Barbara Grand Opera;
Pinkerton in 'Madam Butterfly', Rodolfo in 'La Bohème', Alfredo in 'La Traviata',
Des Grieux in 'Manon', the Duke in 'Rigoletto', the title role in
'Faust', Don Jose in 'Carmen', etc. He appeared with Euterpe Opera in 1992
in the role of Filippo in Haydn's comic opera, 'Infidelity Foiled.'
Mr. Pazos has won various contests and awards, including Image's Studio
Competition in Bologna, Italy, and Sarno's Caffe' Dell' Opera International
Opera Competition in Los Angeles.
Accompanist Theodore Crain has been musical director for the Los Angeles Music
Theatre Company, official accompanist for the annual Loren L. Zachary Soociety
National Vocal Competition for Young Opera Singers, and official accompanist for
the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition. After completing his
graduate studies with Mme Gwendolyn Kildofsky at the University of Southern California,
Mr. Crain became the founding Principal Pianist for Opera a la Carte,
the nationally-known Gilbert & Sullivan touring company.
Euterpe Opera Theatre was founded in Los Angeles in 1925 and is celebrating its
75th year. Euterpe produced the first opera performed on the stage of the new Dorothy
Chandler Pavilion in the Los Angeles Music Center in 1964. Between 1964 and 1985
Euterpe, under the musical direction of Henrietta Pelta, presented over 100 operas at the
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Euterpe alumnae include Nadine Conner, Marvalee Cariaga,
Jerome Hines, Mary Costa, Jonathan Mack, Karen Armstrong and Carole Neblett.
For further information:
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- History of the Euterpe Opera Theatre
- Euterpe Opera's Music Director
is Dr. Lois Musmann.
- Recent Euterpe Opera Theatre Productions:
- 1993: Haydn's "Infidelity Foiled"
- 1994: Mozart's "Zaïde"
- 1995: Mozart's "Impresario" and Pergolesi's "La Serva Padrona"
- Alumnæ and Alumni of Euterpe Opera