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Opera Extravaganza

Opera Extravaganza


March 18, 2023






Adult: $15 to $90

Opera makes its glorious return to the CSO stage! This concert conducted by the Metropolitan Opera's own Pierre Vallet will provide Chattanooga audiences with an exciting opportunity to hear a variety of operatic works performed by some of the most talented up-and-coming vocalists. Hear pieces from beloved composers such as Bizet, Berlioz, Verdi, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more. Expertly programmed by CSO's Opera Artistic Advisor Laura Brooks Rice, this is a must-see event for any opera enthusiast!

This performance is dedicated to Sonia Young, The Purple Lady.
Late last year the Chattanooga Symphony lost a dear friend and longtime supporter. Sonia Young was a fierce advocate for the arts and a special friend to the symphony. She will be missed by all. Our March Opera Extravaganza is dedicated to her life, legacy, and impact on the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Attendees are encouraged to wear something purple in her memory.

Franz Joseph Haydn | Allegro Moderato from Concerto in D Major for Violoncello, Hob. VIIb:2 
Giuseppe Verdi | Libiamo from La Traviata 
Carlisle Floyd | Ain’t It a Pretty Night from Susannah 
Georges Bizet | "Au fond du temple saint" from Les pêcheurs de perles (Pearlfishers)     
Hector Berlioz | Malheureux Roi from Les Troyens
Georges Bizet | Air du Toréador from Carmen     
Eduardo Di Capua | O Sole Mio 
Jacques Offenbach | Tu ne chanteras plus from Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Pietro Mascagni | Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana      
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II | Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific   
Jacques Offenbach | Entr’acte et Barcarolle from Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)    
Giacomo Puccini | "Che gelida manina" from La Bohème      
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II | You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel  
Giuseppe Verdi | "Bella Figlia dell'amore" from Rigoletto 

Pierre Vallet conductor
Chelsea Lehnea | soprano
Gretchen Krupp | mezzo-soprano
Kevin Punnackal | tenor
Craig Irvin | baritone
Ewan Manalo | cello

CSO Chorus | Darrin Hassevoort, director

Laura Brooks Rice | Opera Artistic Advisor

When will the CSO be back in the Tivoli Theatre?
While our friends at the Tivoli Theatre Foundation are renovating the Tivoli Theatre, the CSO is making its temporary home at the historic Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium. We are looking forward to returning to the Tivoli upon the completion of the renovations for the 24-25 Season (beginning Fall 2024). This timeline may be adjusted according to the speed of the renovation.
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