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Opera San Miguel Premieres French and Russian Program

By Shari Alexander

In the second of Opera San Miguel’s “In Concert!” series, on February 6, the company presents a fascinating program of scenes from operas by Poulenc and Tchaikovsky, much of it heard for the first time in San Miguel de Allende. “There is so much more to operatic repertoire than Carmen, Bohème, and Traviata,” says artistic director John Bills. “We program lots of standard Italian and French repertoire in our various events, but this time I wanted to throw a spotlight on some lesser known works that have never before been presented in San Miguel, both as an unexpected treat for our audience and to expand the experience and skills of our singers.”

Opera San Miguel
Mario Alberto Hernández, piano
Introductions and concert staging by John Bills
Sat, Feb 6, 2pm
Auditorio Miguel Malo
Bellas Artes
Hernández Macías 75
Advance sale exclusively at La Conexión, Aldama 3
All seats 400 pesos

The concert will feature scenes from Les Mamelles de Tirésias, a brilliant comic opera that has become a recent favorite at the Metropolitan Opera with its jazz-inspired score by Francis Poulenc, paired with scenes from Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, Eugene Onegin, based on the celebrated novel by Alexander Pushkin, one of the most beloved in all of Russian literature. Concert staging will be by Mr. Bills; Mario Alberto Hernández will be at the Steinway.

All of the singers in OSM’s “In Concert!” series are chosen from past winners of Concurso San Miguel, the company’s annual search for the most promising young opera singers in Mexico. One of the company’s missions is to provide performance opportunities for its discoveries. “We are very excited that this concert stars the extraordinary baritone Pablo Aranday, who won our Second Prize last year and went on to be accepted into Plácido Domingo’s training program in Valencia, Spain, and to be offered a nine-city concert tour of China,” Bills says. “To me, Pablo is the rising young Mexican baritone to watch: a big voice, very expressive, and a warm and ingratiating quality. Plus he’s a charismatic actor and cuts a dashing figure on stage.”

Pablo Aranday will be joined in the Poulenc scenes by the effervescent soprano Adriana Valdés, First Prize Winner of Concurso San Miguel 2014, and the promising young dramatic soprano Dhyana Arom, Fourth Prize Winner of Concurso 2015 at 22 years of age! “Between the comic timing of Adriana and the heartbreaking acting of Dhyana, our audience will experience the full gamut of operatic emotion in one afternoon,” Bills declares, “and a unique opportunity to hear music from these masterpieces for the first time in San Miguel.”


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