“Flores de Plástico” is the portuguese version of “Plastic Flowers”, an opera by Joao MacDowell. This new production has mezzo soprano Clarice Prietto in the character of Penelope and presents for the first time the portuguese version of the libretto. As well as a new Intermezzo and Prelude written specially for the occasion.
The opera will premiere in the community theater of the favela Vidigal, which belongs to the theater group “Nós do Morro.” For the purpose of the performance a baby grand piano will be carried down a steep stairway from street level into the theater. Sponsored by Casa Pierre Pianos
The production brings together a remarkable team of collaborators including director Bayard Tonelli, from the legendary theater dance group Dzi Croquettes, production and stage project by Sheyla de Castilho, videoscenography by Cila MacDowell, visuas by Cynthia Tello. Musicians: Maria Luisa Lindberg on piano and Leo Brunno on live electronics.
Opera Dolce presents Homage to Carlos Gomes
A Concert of Rare Operatic and Choral Gems
Washington Irving Auditorium
40 Irving Place, between 16th and 17th Streets
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:00pm
The International Brazilian Opera Chorus, led by conductor Néviton Barros, will join forces with Opera Dolce to present Homage to Carlos Gomes. Our concert will feature selections from the renowned 19th Century Brazilian Maestro’s rarely performed operatic masterpieces, as well as Il Saluto del Brasile (“Brazilian Greeting”), which will be receiving its New York premiere. This beautiful chorus was commissioned by the Emperor of Brazil as a gift to the United States on the occasion of its grand Centennial Celebration on July 4, 1876. Savor this glorious music as President Grant did long ago!
Carlos Gomes was a household name during Italy’s “Golden Age” of Opera and the first New World composer to be an international sensation. Brazilian Bass Luiz-Ottavio Faria, who recently made a triumphant debut at Teatro alla Scala, will be joined by Bass-Baritone Andrew Costello of Cologne Opera, Zürich Opera and, most recently, Carnegie Hall. Our other talented soloists are Philip Alongi, Adam Cromer, Elena Heimur, Pamela Lloyd and Michelle Trovato. One of New York’s most sought-after pianists, Craig Ketter, will accompany our performers. The International Brazilian Opera Chorus will join the critically acclaimed Maestro Rosenbaum and The Canticum Novum Singers for an evening of magnificent music.
International Brazilian Opera Company – iBoc is partnering with Opera Dolce in performances of works by legendary Brazilian composer Carlos Gomes. Featuring the Brazilian Chorus led by maestro Néviton Barros. Staring baritone Andrew Costello and soprano Pamela Lloyd.
We had an overwhelming response from the audience and international media. We are still compiling press and responding to messages of support.
We launched 4 casts out of our 5 productions in the assembly line. We created the Brazilian Chorus that will start building repertoire and performing independently. We galvanized a team of almost 60 professionals, volunteers and collaborators.
Please be patient with our post-production, we will be posting videos and audio recordings soon.