Town Hall Theater and The Opera Company of Middlebury in Middlebury, Vermont, present a very special concert featuring Middlebury’s own Jorge Martín, celebrated Cuban-American composer.
Mezzo-soprano Cherry Duke, star of Opera Company of Middlebury’s The Italian Girl in Algiers performs with tenor Brian Downen (a Metropolitan Opera performer) in a varied program of Jorge Martín’s songs and arias.
Brian Downen commissioned and will perform four new songs on the poetry of Mexican poet Amado Nervo. Brian will sing En Paz, a set of four songs in Spanish on the deeply moving poetry of Amado Nervo, while Cherry Duke performs So Beautiful, a song cycle of ecstatic poetry by Turkish writer Orhan Veli Kanik.
Cherry and Brian will also each perform a set of operatic arias, including works from bel canto, verismo and modern operas. Mr. Martín will be the pianist for this concert; he and the singers will be joined by violinist Sofia Hirsch for the final piece, “City of Orgies,” based on Walt Whitman’s poem of the same name.
February 23, 2019, 7:30 pm
Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, Vermont
$20/ $30/ $40