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40th Season Premiere Opera Celebration

Sunday, September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

The Early Music Society of the Islands Presents their 40th Season Opera Celebration!

Event Dates: September 22, 24, 26 & 28, 2024
Event Time: 6:00 pm to 9:30pm

Click on one of the following dates to buy Tickets:

Sunday, September 22, 2024 performance
Tuesday, September 24, 2024 performance
Thursday, September 26, 2024 performance
Saturday, September 28, 2024 performance

(Please note, this special concert is not eligible for the Flex Pass.)

Description:

Join us in celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Early Music Society of the Islands with an immersive opera experience set in the enchanting world of Naples, Italy, in 1708. The opera, composed by George Frideric Handel for the wedding of the Duke of Alvito and Princess Beatrice Tocco di Montemiletto, promises a tale of love, loyalty, and the triumph of good over evil.

Event Details:

  • A 90-minute intimate opera
  • Three of Europe’s rising opera stars
  • Italian musical director Marco Vitale
  • Delectable Italian cuisine pre-performance experience.

The Experience: Intimate, Immersive, Italian!

Watch Marco’s invitation:

Meet the Artists:

Musical Director | Marco Vitale

Born in Palermo, Italy. Marco Vitale has had a distinguished career in early music, specializing in Baroque operas and the performance of music in the Italian style.

Marco has performed at the most prestigious venues and festivals throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, South America, the Middle East and Asia. He currently works in Vienna, as harpsichordist for Orchester 1756 and as lecturer at the Early Music institute of the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts (MDW).

Marco regularly performs with Jordi Savall and his ensembles Le Concert des Nations and Hespèrion XXI.He has recorded extensively for Alia Vox, Naïve, and Brilliant Classics and his own record label, ayros.

Aci | Stefanie True

Canadian-born soprano, Stefanie True won second prize at the John Kerr Award Competition in Kent, UK in 2010 and in 2011, placed first at the London Handel Singing Competition (Adair Prize). Since then she has appeared in numerous roles in Europe, with Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Göttingen Händel Festspiele, Ambronay Festival with William Christie, and(Opera2day) and Collegium Musicum Den Haag.

Specializing in Baroque opera, her roles include Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Euridice in Gluck’s Orpheo ed Euridice, Prosepine in Charpentier’s Orphée aux Enfers, Cephise in Campra’s L’Europe Gallante, Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina and Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, as well as Aci in Aci, Galatea e Polifemo.

Galatea | Margherita Maria Sala

Born in Lecco, Margherita Maria Sala is a rising star in the European opera firmament. After winning the First Prize of the Cesti International Singing Competition 2020, where she also received the Audience Award and the Special Prize from the Festival Resonanzen at the Vienna Konzerthaus. She has performed under such eminent conductors as Riccardo Muti, Maxim Emelyanychev, and Jean-Christophe Spinosi.

Margherita has sung roles that have included Narciso in Handel’s Agrippina, Galatea in Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo at the Handel Festival in Halle, Germany, Cleofe in Handel’s La Resurrezione with Concerto Copenhagen and Aristea in Vivaldi’s Olimpiade with the Opéra de Nice.

Polifemo | Trevor Eliot Bowes

Born in Victoria, BC, Trevor Eliot Bowes has gone on to a stellar career in the UK and Europe. He has performed with many opera companies including the English National Opera, the English Touring Opera,the Nevill Holt Opera, the OAE/Valletta Baroque Festival, the Royal Opera House, the Welsh National Opera.He also performed in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Hamburg as Fedro in Early Music Russia’s production of Boris Goudenow (Johann Mattheson’s 1710 version) and Nanni in Haydn’s L’infedeltà delusa with Le Parlement de Musique, in Strasbourg. His roles include Mozart’s Figaro, Leporello, and Don Alphonso, Nanni in Haydn’s L’infedetà as well as Polifemo in Aci, Galatea e Polifemo.

 

Details

Date:
Sunday, September 22
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Organizer

Early Music Society of the Islands

Venue

Leonardo Da Vinci Centre
195 Bay Street
Victoria, British Columbia V9A 3K4 Canada
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Phone
(250) 383-8041
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Details

Date:
Sunday, September 22
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Organizer

Early Music Society of the Islands

Venue

Leonardo Da Vinci Centre
195 Bay Street
Victoria, British Columbia V9A 3K4 Canada
+ Google Map
Phone
(250) 383-8041
View Venue Website