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SAS CONCERT OPERA

SAS Performing Arts Company Concert Opera focuses its efforts to promote the operatic art form by bringing this music, in concert format, for audiences to enjoy thus enriching our community's cultural life. The concert presentations, accompanied by two pianos and in conjunction with the use of English surtitles, makes this intricate art form more accessible to our audiences.  All operas are performed in their original languages in a semi-staged concert staging.  The exhilarating connection generated between music, text, and drama will become more immediate in this intimate atmosphere.

SAS Concert Opera programs performances of acknowledged masterpieces as well as rarely performed works that deserve a more extensive hearing.  We introduce the brilliant talents of emerging artists together with professional opera singers. Our season is comprised of complete concert operas, young audience events, and individual artist recitals. 

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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

October 2, 2022  3:00pm

Rossini: Cinderella

November 13, 2022  3:00pm

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Le Nozze di Figaro or The Marriage of Figaro is Mozart's iconic comedy of servants and nobility, marriage  and fidelity.  It is the story of how the servants, Figaro and Susanna, succeed in getting married, foiling the efforts of their philandering employer Count Almaviva to seduce Susanna and teaching him a lesson in the meaning of love.

Sung in Italian with English titles.

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Puccini: Il Trittico

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In December of 1918, Giacomo Puccini, at the Metropolitan Opera,  he unveiled a new work with the company, a triptych of one-act operas, called Il Trittico: Il Tabarro (The Cloak) Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) and Gianni Schicchi.  These three diverse operas of Puccini have a powerful unifying theme: the effect of death on those left living (the English word would be “triptych,” as in the three part altarpiece paintings of the Middle Ages). Each is told with a distinctive musical and linguistic language—the tragic and veristic Il Tabarro, the mystical and reflective Suor Angelica, and a masterful tale of comic retribution, Gianni Schicchi. These operas are easy for an audience to absorb and enjoy at first hearing, and thus are wonderful first operas for newcomers to the form in that they give the public a wide variety of styles in a single evening; for opera veterans, Il Trittico provides a unique architectural change in what it usually thought of as Italian opera. It was Puccini’s wish that the three operas always be performed together.

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Everyone is familiar with the story of Cinderella, immortalized by the French author Charles Perrault. Yet this is not quite the story of the Rossini version of Cinderella. There are the wicked stepsisters, there is a wicked Stepfather and instead of a fairy godmother Rossini gives us a mysterious man who seems to have magical powers. The voices sparkle, flow forth and mingle in arias and ensembles punctuated with clever puns and witticisms: this is Rossini’s musical comedy at its finest which he wrote when he was only 24 in just three weeks. There is certainly some magic in that!

Sung in Italian with English Titles

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Mozart: Don Giovanni

April 30, 2023 3:00pm

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Don Giovanni K. 527; whose full title is Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni, literally The Rake Punished, or Don Giovanni) is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. Its subject is a centuries-old Spanish legend about a libertine as told by playwright Tirso de Molina in his 1630 play El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra (The Rake of Seville and the Stone Guest). It is a dramma giocoso blending comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements (although the composer entered it into his catalogue simply as opera buffa). It was premiered by the Prague Italian opera at the National Theater (of Bohemia), now called the Estates Theatre, on 29 October 1787. Don Giovanni is regarded as one of the greatest operas of all time and has proved a fruitful subject for commentary in its own right described as one of Mozart's trio of masterpieces with librettos by Da Ponte.

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