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We are always pleased to welcome back Eli Jacobson, whose very own words will constitute the best possible introduction to his subject for our July VRCS program:
“My latest program Romeo and Juliet at the Opera – shorter and less complex than my earlier programs – is an offshoot of an earlier program I gave called Shakespeare in Opera. The whole second half of that program was devoted to operas based on “Romeo and Juliet” and Shakespeare’s source materials for his tragedy. We will span the history of opera from Benda to Zingarelli to Vaccai to Bellini to Gounod to Zandonai and beyond. It will be a lovely look at how one story inspires different composers from different eras and styles of music to set this immortal tragedy. Singers to be heard will include Marilyn Horne, Giulietta Simionato, Georges Thill and others. I will also include some spoken selections from “Romeo and Juliet as a prologue. See you all in July!”
Eli Jacobson has been a regular opera critic for Gay City News, New York City’s leading LGBT publication, since 2007. He has also been a contributor to UK’s Opera Magazine, City Arts and the Opera Britannia blog.
Mr. Jacobson has presented programs on operatic subjects for the Gay Men’s Opera Club at the LGBT Center for over 20 years now. Among his programs have been lectures on Italian Opera Composers in Paris (1797-1867) - which was also his wonderfully-received last VRCS program when he did it for us in April, 2018 -, Shakespeare in Opera, The Operas of Giacomo Meyerbeer, and Voice vs. Art: the Kunstdiva and the Stimmdiva – a comparative survey of recordings. Mr. Jacobson was briefly seen as a talking head in the documentary WAGNER’S DREAM by Susan Froemke, which chronicled the travails of the Lepage RING production at the Met. This film was shown at the NY Film Festival and on PBS.
Mr. Jacobson’s programs are always beautifully planned, fascinating and enjoyable learning experiences, so please plan to be with us for what will surely be yet another superb evening of music.
FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2019 (THE SECOND
FRIDAY!) TIME: 7:30PM SHARP
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