Our annual summer festival offers a celebration of dance, classical masterworks, intimate chamber experiences and Broadway favorites.
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About this Concert:
Shakespeare’s powerful tragedy inspired Verdi’s most glorious music. Otello, Desdemona, and Iago become tangled in passion, jealousy, betrayal, and revenge—the juiciest elements of grand opera.
- Minnesota Orchestra
- Andrew Litton, conductor
- Carl Tanner, Otello
- Barbara Shirvis, Desdemona
- Stephen Powell, Iago
- Eric Barry, Cassio
- Victoria Vargas, Emilia
- Adam Lau, Lodovico
- David Blalock, Roderigo
- Benjamin Sieverding, Montano
- Michael Schmidt, Herald
- Minnesota Boychoir
- Minnesota Chorale
- Giuseppe Verdi was Italy’s master of opera, his nation’s most famous citizen in the late 19th century.
- Verdi had been retired for over a decade when his publisher launched a full-on charm offensive to get him to start writing again.
- Verdi started writing Otello in 1884 and today it is one of his most-often-performed operas.
Please note: opera length is 2 hours and 30 minutes with one 20 minute intermission.
About this Concert:
Since his emergence in the late ’60s, Grammy-winner® Loudon Wainwright III has been entrancing audiences all over the world with his unique skills as singer, songwriter, performer and brutally direct truth-teller.
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- Not comfortable being labeled “the New Bob Dylan” shortly after his first album release, Wainwright wrote the self-mocking song, Talking New Bob Dylan.
- Wainwright has also been dubbed “the Woody Allen of Folk” and “the Charlie Chaplin of Rock,” but so far hasn’t responded to those nicknames with a song.
- He’s at the center of an incredibly musical family: his first wife Kate McGarrigle, their children Rufus and Martha, Loudon’s onetime girlfriend Suzzy Roche, and their daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche are ALL singer songwriters.
- Who else could score with a song about road kill (Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road) or the politicization of federal arts funding (Jesse Don’t Like It)?
- The jacket for Jesse Don’t Like It features a likeness of then Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) smashing a Picasso (the late Senator Helms crusaded against government funding for art he deemed offensive).
- Since 1985, Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road, Wainwright’s only single to make the charts, has been played every Friday near 9am, on radio station KRRY in Quincy Illinois.
Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. Concert length is two 50 minute sets with one 20 minute intermission.