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“I’d like to take the VRCS on a journey through Mascagni’s life and career. He will no doubt always be remembered as an important composer through the revolutionary and still enormously popular CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA. But why are his other works so infrequently performed? L’AMICO FRITZ turns up occasionally, and even IRIS was recently produced at Bard. But what of I RANTZAU, GUGLIELMO RATCLIFF, SILVANO, LE MASCHERE, AMICA, ISABEAU, PARISINA, LODOLETTA, IL PICCOLO MARAT, and his final work, NERONE? Drawing on a wide variety of historical recordings and live performances, I hope to illuminate a portrait of this dynamic and adventurous, if sometimes variable composer. Among the artists we will hear from are Gemma Bellincioni, Mafalda Favero, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Beniamino Gigli, Ester Mazzoleni, Fernando de Lucia, Gilda dalla Rizza, Pier Miranda Ferraro, Renata Scotto, Giuseppe Campora, Karl Joern, Piero Schiavazzi, Giuseppina Baldassare-Tedeschi, and more.”
Thus has Scott Levine in his own words introduced his October plans to us. Scott brings distinguished credentials to the VRCS. He has worked as an artists manager for over twenty years. He was for many years in partnership with Merle Hubbard, and previously worked with Harold Shaw. He began his career as assistant to Gary Feinstein, Director of Patron and Special Services, at the Metropolitan Opera. He has judged vocal competitions for the Portland Opera, the Center for Contemporary Opera, and the Hartt School, and served on audition panels for Opera Saratoga, Minnesota Opera, San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellowship, and more. A longtime member of the Vocal Record Collectors Society in NYC, this is his first presentation for us.
Enough said? Please join us for what is sure to be both a highly educational outing and an exciting evening of singing, presented by a gentleman who seems overwhelmingly qualified for the task!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2019 (THE FIRST
FRIDAY!) TIME: 7:30PM SHARP
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