Union Avenue Opera
This program of vocal and piano music by Claude Debussy, Paolo Tosti, Isaac Albéniz, Stephen Foster, and arias and duets from Jules Massenet’s Manon will feature Daniel Weeks, tenor; and Katherine Jolly, soprano, and Eben Wagenstroom, piano.
Sunday, February 17, 7PM, Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church
110 North Warson Road, Ladue, 63124
The Wedding cantata may have been composed for Bach’ own wedding to his second wife Anna Magdalena. In any case, it is a piece full of joy and hope, with wonderful arias not only for the voice, but also for the instruments that accompany it: violin, oboe and cello.
Also on the program: new treasures by Buxtehude for organ with David Sinden and by Dall’ Abacco for solo cello with Ken Kulosa.
- Thu. April 25th 2019 • 7:30PM
- Sun. April 28th 2019 • 3:00PM
The grand American epic arrives in Chicago in an international co-production.
Since its premiere in 2010, composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer’s opera adaption of this epic tale of obsession and adventure has been hailed as “a grand opera for the twenty-first century” (Opera News).
Based on Herman Melville’s magnum opus, the opera takes the sprawling novel and distills it to under three hours of innovative, musical storytelling. The opera follows Ahab, captain of the whaling ship Pequod, on his quest for revenge on the legendary beast that cost him a leg. Unlike Melville’s retrospective narrative, Heggie’s opera is set in real time, featuring the characters of Starbuck, Greenhorn, Queequeg, and Pip.
Familiar to many from its place among the American Classics and school reading lists, Herman Melville’s novel has been adapted into many genres, including the celebrated 1956 film directed by John Huston, who co-wrote the screenplay with none other than Ray Bradbury; and Ron Howard’s 2015 film In the Heart of the Sea which portrays the events that inspired Melville’s novel.