Opéra Louisiane Gala »»»Published: October 27, 2007

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  • Opéra Louisiane is dedicated to presenting opera performances of the highest musical standard and advancing Louisiana musicians.

Friends of LPB and Opéra Louisiane presented a memorable night of music featuring Louisiana’s finest operatic talent on Saturday, October 27, 2007, at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts.



“We had such a good time,” said audience member Mary Richardson. “Speaking for me personally, I could not have had a better night. I am so grateful to LPB for making it possible.”

LPB and Opéra Louisiane partnered to bring world-renowned performances to Louisiana for a night of beautiful music.

“During our 32 years on the air, LPB and PBS have brought more than a hundred operas featuring the world’s most famous performers to the viewers of Louisiana, so it was natural for LPB to join with Opéra Louisiane to create this once-in-a-lifetime concert,” said LPB CEO/President Beth Courtney.

Paul Groves, Jeffery Wells, Matt Morgan, Elizabeth Futral, Lisette Oropesa, Lucas Meachem and special guest star Susan Graham performed at the Gala which served as the opening performance for the new opera company Opéra Louisiane.

Opéra Louisiane is dedicated to presenting opera performances of the highest musical standard, advancing Louisiana musicians, and promoting cooperation and collaboration among Baton Rouge performing arts groups.


Starring Metropolitan Opera Performers and Louisiana Natives

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Paul Groves
Tenor

“Paul Groves summoned ardor and energy... virile-voiced and physically agile ...”
- New York Times

“Groves sang the role with a virile and explosive edge, his voice staying strong and rich from the first note.”
- Bee Arts
Elizabeth Futral
Soprano

“Her singing was sure, virtuoso and yet still lighted by humanity.”
- New York Times

“Soprano Elizabeth Futral was a charmer, pure of tone and capable of executing coloratura ornamentation rapidly, accurately and without any sense of strain.”
- Washington Times
Jeffrey Wells
Bass - Baritone

“Whenever he occupied it, Jeffrey Wells dominated the stage, both through his supremely physical bearing and his equally confident, dark-toned baritone.”
- The Toronto Star


Special Guest Star
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Susan Graham
Mezzo-Soprano
“Ms. Graham, her body quivering with tremulous despair, sang with rich colorings, charisma and intelligence. … She was riveting."
- New York Times

“The show ultimately belonged to the luscious lyric mezzo Susan Graham, who embodied the burning conflicts of the title role with laser-focused intensity and muted elegance."
- Bloomberg.com

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Robert Grayson
Conductor,
General Director of Opéra Louisiane


Featuring rising stars

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Lisette OropesaMatt MorganLucas Meachem


Your financial support of Louisiana Public Broadcasting can get you the best seats in the house and a chance to meet some of these world-renowned performers.

  

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