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Syracuse Opera announces free show preview

Syracuse Opera announces two FREE PREVIEWS of its season opening production, Verdi’s La Traviata,, featuring artists from the cast performing scenes from the opera at two different venues.7pm Wednesday, OCT 5th, Jewish Community Center (JCC),*, 3454 Erie Boulevard East, Dewitt (315) 449-2948 official website1pm, Sunday, OCT 9th, Barnes & Noble*, 5655 Thompson Rd., Dewitt (315) 445-2360 official website* These venues are wheelchair accessible.The JCC preview will feature Syracuse Opera Resident Artists: soprano Samantha Guevrekian, tenor Eric Bowden, baritone John David Boehr and pianist Christopher Turbessi. Headshots and bios are available upon request.The Barnes & Noble preview will feature soprano Danielle Pastin, who is making her Syracuse Opera debut as Violetta; tenor Nathaniel Peake, who is making a role debut as Alfredo; bass-baritone Christopher Job, making his Syracuse Opera debut as Baron Douphol; mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bouk, who is making her Syracuse Opera debut as Flora and is on the voice faculty of Colgate University; and pianist Christopher Turbessi. Headshots and bios are available upon request.Syracuse Opera’s director of music and conductor for La Traviata, Douglas Kinney Frost, will talk about the origins of the opera and introduce the musical selections.The events are FREE and open to the publicLa Traviata will be sung in Italian with projected English titles.Beautiful things and beautiful people, gay parties and clever conversation are like her, the ornaments of wealthy men’s lives. Life’s deeper meaning comes to her in Alfredo’s love; and Violetta gives her heart to the younger man, only to have it broken when she is forced to give him up. Tenor Nathaniel Peake, one of Syracuse Opera’s first Resident Artists who has won virtually every major voice competition since, portrays Alfredo for the first time in his career. Joining him is soprano Danielle Pastin, who was launched to stardom at Santa Fe Opera this summer when she jumped in on just a few hours’ notice to sing Mimi in La Boheme.

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