Category Archives: Opera

Eugene Onegin from the Met at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine

 In this tumultuous tale laced with utter confusion, Tchaikovsky masters this interwoven story of those who are betrothed and wish to be… Madame Larina reflects upon her days prior to her marriage buried deep within her thoughts while being courted by another. The poet Lenski brings with him a visitor known as Eugene Onegin whose affections are immediately guided to the daughter of Madame Larina, Tatiana. His anticipation towards her becomes an immediate passion and wishes to show her so. However, he confesses to her that he can only offer her his unfailing friendship. Remorse, duels, and death, fill the night air as jealousies rage above and beneath ranting emotions. Years pass and Eugene now sees Tatiana once again with refreshed love ready to follow the path of his newfound hearts desire. Yet, promises have been made and such bonds cannot be released or broken. Or can they? See the story unfold on April 22 at The Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro

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Idomeneo from the Met at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine

   In the midst of the Trojan war, a daughter of royalty fancies a prince who is doomed in his not too distant future unbeknownst to him. There are kind gestures of good will peppered about though the fathers in power are enemies. There is however, a hope to return to peace. The Greek kings jealousy of the clemency granted towards prisoners causes his passions of hate to flare. The furies of the hades are dreaded to be unleashed. Idomeneo is rescued by Neptune, god of the sea and brought to safety. Idomeneo realizes that the pending sacrifice entails him to surrender his own son for the ritual. Horrified, he flees into exile causing terrible grief to his beloved. A major battle against a monstrous serpent ensues. A broken love, a loss of a son, a blessing to restore a loving couple and peace to the land all fall into place in this endearing tale. Come see it for yourself on March 25th at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro

La Traviata from the Met at the Grand Autitorium in Ellsworth Maine

     The masterpiece by Giuseppe Verdi, originally entitled Violetta, engages in lovers adoration raging from afar at lavish parties, drinking songs, celebrations, and of course the unrequited love of another. Violetta falls ill one evening, leaving the party with promises of seeing her lover again. A vow not taken lightly from her gentleman friend. She rests comfortably sometime in the not so distant future at a beautiful country house surrounded by a happy existence interrupted threats, left to weeping alone, drowning in her uncontrollable sadness by having to choose between her love and her family. There are Baron’s and duels, denouncements and sacrifices, followed by a storm of tragedy with a chance of death. See it happen on March 11 at 12:55 p.m. at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro

 

Rusalka from the Met at the Grand Auditorium Ellsworth Maine

rscn3212_1254   rusalkaDvorak’s mystical journey delves into the mythical, near supernatural encounter with his highly imaginative escapade from a fairy tale like perspective. She treads upon the world in which she lives to enter a realm of love, unbeknownst to her that her own longing for such a prize will not only enchant her, but will also cause her pain and sorrow. Rusalka longs for these wondrous gifts, yet, finds only rejection at its core. Seeking redemption she thrusts herself deeper than she ever imagined into an embroiled path, misguided and lost, only to find that love and tragedy are forever intertwined where the heart is concerned. See the spectacular event on February 25th at 12:55 p.m. at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine from the Met.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro

Nabucco from the Met at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine

nabuccorscn3212_1254Over time history has repeated itself in many a way. Some in a fashionable method, others in a most destructive manner. Mankind has never learned his lesson from the garden to the techno world we inhabit today. In this saga, Abigaille, a definitive warrior of battle and survivor of the fallen conclaves of war and taster of victory has decided to rule the empires of the vast landscapes that surround her known world. She is more than determined to rule and her minds eye has become myopic about it. And yet the outcry of the Hebrew people remains loud and clear. Come join the adventure on January 6th at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro

Romeo et Juliette from the Met at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine

r-j    Tragedy is no stranger to the opera. It is instead an unwelcomed guest. In Gounod’s well known masterpiece, death leaps onto the stage in full bloom seeking whom it may devour. Nothing ventured is no longer applicable here in this setting as families argue in an embittered ongoing rant against the pairing of two young lovers who long for each other unto death itself. The mystery lies not in the stars but in the most ubiquitous way that these two young lovers adore and fascinate each other. Their emotions are arrayed in an unending hymn of praise for the open hearted love they each carry for the other unto eternity and perhaps beyond. The families are too far involved in their own feud that they are simply drowning in their blinded rage to see where this will lead their children. However, love does reign…perhaps not as the world may see it but as love does and finds a way. See it on Saturday January 21st at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photo by Susan D’Alessandro

L’Amour de Loin from the Met at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine

rscn3212_1254   Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho has transformed a poem into an opera inspired by the great troubadours of the twelfth century. Obsession and devotion are in question in a madcap race to fulfill the torment of searching for a woman who may not exist. Clemence walks a fine line between reality and illusion and underlines it with a loneliness that propels him into a journey that may cost him his very life. He longs for the pleasures of life, in search of a new love, and dares to dream of a fantasy as if he has seen it with his own eyes. In a strange and faraway land he must meet her as he impulsively seeks out her wiles and her admiration. He sets out to find love, yet, he is anguished with trepidation at the thought that he may not find her. Falling ill over the scenario, he finally arrives. Devastation looms like a lingering death and encircles the situation leaving us to ponder if he has made the right decision. This simple answer can be found at the Grand Auditorium on December 10th, 12:55 p.m. in Ellsworth Maine. Come and enjoy yet another masterpiece in the world of opera in the wonderful setting of the Grand.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro

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