By Dale Gedcke
In addition to Beethovenâ€™s “Coriolan Overture” and Schumannâ€™s “Spring Symphony,” the March 4 concert by the Oak Ridge Philharmonia will offer a special treat, with favorite opera selections from Mozartâ€™s “Cosi Fan Tutte,” Verdiâ€™s “Falstaff,” and Pucciniâ€™s “La BohÃ¨me,” sung by University of Tennessee students currently studying voice.
Lisa Griggs and Cheryl Scappaticci of Music Arts in Oak Ridge will be joining the UT singers for those opera excerpts, and will also perform the humorous “Cat Duet (Duetto buffo di due gatti),” written by Robert Lucas de Pearsall (1825) as a parody on Rossiniâ€™s “Otello” and “Katte-Cavatine” by Weyse.
This is an excellent opportunity to experience a live performance of the most enjoyable parts of these operas, without having to invest in each entire opera. The cast of UT singers comprises Darius Thomas, Alexandria Shiner, Jack Francis, Breyon Ewing, Paul Bryson, Tyler Padgett, Marya Barry, and Joshua Allen. In addition to singing two roles, Ryan Colbert organized and directed the singers for this performance. [Read more…]