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The Newport Symphony Orchestra continues its 2012-13 season with a passionate performance of Italian opera overtures and arias, first on Saturday, January 26th at 7:30 pm, and again on Sunday the 27th at 2:00 pm. Both performances will be at the Newport Performing Arts Center on W. Olive Street in Newport.
Led by maestro Adam Flatt, the performances features a very special guest, Dominique Moralez. This star tenor has performed the lead roles in many operas and toured all over Europe, Asia, and elsewhere around the world.
Though he keeps homes in Copenhagen and Paris now, Moralez is a native Oregonian. The weekend’s performances, his first ever in Newport, will be a musical homecoming. Raised in the Portland area, Dominique made his professional debut at age 10 with the Portland Opera as a boy soprano. The weekend’s performance is his first in Oregon since those early childhood days. His friendship with the NSO’s music director, Adam Flatt, encouraged Moralez to return to his roots for this special weekend of singing.
The show’s music will come from a set of beloved Italian composers such as Rossini, Bellini, and Puccini. Part of the performance will be given over to orchestral numbers, beginning with the overture to Verdi’s Nabucco, a solemn piece that foretells the Jewish people’s slavery and exile under a Babylonian king. Other pieces offer a lighter, energetic, and playful mood, such as the suite of four dances composed by Respighi.
But the greatest delights promise to come when Dominique Moralez takes the stage to sing with his thrilling voice. His performance of melodic songs will conclude with the most famous and stunning aria from The Daughter of the Regiment, a comic opera by Donizetti. This aria, Ah mes amis (“Ah! My Friends”), has been called “the Mount Everest for tenors.”
A preconcert talk at 6:45 P.M. will precede the concert.
The Newport Symphony Orchestra is supported by the City of Newport, Coast Arts, and various foundations, businesses, and individual donors.
Tickets are $34 and $20, or only $10 for students, and can be purchased by phone at 541-265-2787 or in person from the Newport Performing Arts Center at 777 W. Olive St. in Newport.