Photography by Dottie Stover.
CCM opens its 2013-14 Concert Series with a unique two-part concert production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlos on Sunday, Sept. 22. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth (Oct. 10, 1813), all five acts and every single note composed for the 1867 Paris Opera premiere of this epic work will be performed in the acoustically fine Corbett Auditorium. This production will be sung in French. Single tickets and flex concert packages are on sale now.
Pared down to its pure, operatic essence, CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson promises that this concert performance of Don Carlos will be anything but modest. “This is the single largest project that I have attempted at CCM,” Gibson explains. In the grandest fashion, he has united a tremendous force of players including the CCM Philharmonia and Concert Orchestras, CCM’s Chamber Choir and Chorale, and UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses. These ensembles will be joined by faculty, student, alumni and guest artist soloists singing the opera’s leading roles, including Helen Lyons, Barbara Honn, Stacey Rishoi, Leah DeGruyl, Marco Panuccio, Tom Baresel and Gustav Andreassen. Working with CCM graduate student and stage director Omer Ben-Seadia, Gibson hopes to create a dynamic concert staging of Don Carlos, as well.
Beyond simply commemorating Verdi’s bicentennial, Gibson hopes to provide an opportunity for students to perform this epic work. “It’s Verdi’s most ambitious work, the one he wanted to be heard above all,” says Gibson, who will conduct both concerts. “There’s no other work of Verdi’s that passes through so much profound emotion or that gives us such a range, from pageantry to despair.”
The two-part concert performance of Don Carlos begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. The first concert will end with Act III, scene iii. Opera-goers will have a two-hour dinner break between performances to visit the various eateries on and around campus, including the restaurants in the newly renovated U-Square complex on Calhoun Street. Acts III through V of Don Carlos will resume at 7 p.m.