Friday, February 10, 2012

Amazing Guest Artists Join us for Favorite Opera Moments

Soprano Megan Weston has performed with Orchestra Nova on several occasions, both in the Nova Classics series and as a Messiah soloist. She has performed nearly 50 roles in opera, operetta and musical theater across the U.S, and her voice has been featured prominently in feature films, national commercials and television shows on NBC and PBS.

Susana Poretsky, a mezzo-soprano, was born in Lvov, Ukraine (former Soviet Union), made her American debut in Carnegie Hall in 1993 and that same year performed with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra to sing the Jeremiah Symphony for Leonard Bernstein's 75th birthday. She has performed with some of the best opera companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala. She developed a close relationship with Plácido Domingo after winning his prestigious competition and gave a concert with the famous tenor while on tour in Japan.

Tenor Robert MacNeil has performed works from Copland to Wagner, in cities from Los Angeles to Rome. An accomplished concert artist, he has sung in more than 60 performances of Handel's Messiah (including recent productions by Orchestra Nova) as well as great choral works including Elijah, Berlioz and Verdi Requiems and Carmina Burana.

Baritone Gregorio Gonzalez has been praised by Plácido Domingo as being "one of the up-and-coming young talents in opera today." Gonzalez was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, and moved to Poway when he was 16 years old. He began studying music seriously in college and began his career singing in the San Diego Opera chorus. In 2002 he was offered a position with the Los Angeles Opera and has been on the rise ever since. Gregorio has won awards in several competitions and has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and in his native Mexico.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Favorite Opera Moments

We are so pleased that you will be joining us for our upcoming Favorite Opera Moments concert. This special performance is perfect for both those who are new to opera as well as die-hard fans.  And whether this is your first time enjoying the Nova Experience, or you’re a returning guest, we are very excited to see you all and let you in on some of the fun we have in store for you. Here's a video to see what the Nova Experience is all about!

Orchestra Nova will be joined by a quartet of spectacular guest artists to sing these amazing opera pieces:

Opera Guests

To learn more about the singers and pieces that will be featured in this performance, we invite you to check out the Favorite Opera Moments on our web site. 

The lobby doors open at 6:00, where you will be immersed in the full Nova Experience, before the music even begins.  This experience will include:
·        The opportunity to take your picture with “Jung-Faux” or a costumed opera character
·        Develop your Music Memory with Nova in the Classrooms!
·        Explore the history and stories of opera, thanks to a new partnership with the San Diego County Library
·        Singing demonstration and lessons from professional opera singers
·        Delicious Italian tapas style plates of pasta, drinks and desserts for purchase:     
o   $10 small plate entrees:  Your choice of short rib ragu or vegetarian pasta primavera with garlic cream sauce – both served with sundried tomato and artichoke flatbread
o   $5 dessert: Two chocolate dipped biscotti
o   $3 Coffee
o   $6 Beer or Wine
o   $10 La Dolce Vita Lemon Pop
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