Opera Manhattan Announces 2012 Opera Festival

New York, NY, March 28, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Following the critical acclaim of February’s trio of monodramas themed ‘Women on the Verge’, Opera Manhattan is proud to announce the 2012 Opera Festival. Three riveting operas and a special performance of arias and ensembles presented by Opera Manhattan’s Artist Development Program will be presented from May 17 – 21 at the historic Theatre of St. Clement’s.

Opera Manhattan will reprise Poulenc’s monodrama La Voix Humaine. Based on a 1930 play by Jean Cocteau, the one act opera follows the agonizing phone conversation between a young woman and her former lover as she desperately tries to win back his love. First presented by Opera Manhattan during ‘Women on the Verge’, La Voix Humaine will return featuring the original cast in alternate performances. Kala Maxym, whose performance “had a fearful kind of dignity, even at her most frantic. The warmth of Maxym’s soprano conveyed a tenderness more terrifying than fury’; and Roza Tulyaganova who ‘gave a pointed, convincing portrait of this young woman's breakdown, from the desperate pleas to her lover to evocations of their tender past.’

The idea for Menotti’s opera The Medium was first conjured up during a séance the composer attended with friends in 1936. A psychologically complex tale of a fraudulent medium Flora, portrayed by Caroline Tye and Elizabeth Moulton in alternate performances. The deception and hysterics of Madame Flora are boldly contrasted by the innocence of Monica, played by Opera Manhattan veterans Megan Candio and Mary Langston in alternate performances.

Suor Angelica is the moving story of a young woman from a noble family who becomes a cloistered nun. Principessa, her malevolent aunt, played alternately by Sahoko Sato and Anna Yelirazova, visits her after seven years of silence and brings Angelica a shocking and life altering revelation. Featured in alternate performances in the title role is Junko Watanabe, who last appeared as Mimi in Opera Manhattan’s groundbreaking production of La Boheme; and Kristi Corie in her Opera Manhattan debut.
Opera Manhattan
Christie Connolley