Thank you for your continued support of opera at Pegasus Early Music. Our next opera, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, has been postponed to the Summer of 2022. In the meantime, we’d like to invite you to our new concert series, Echoes of Orpheus. This series, designed to entice you as we build up to L’Orfeo, will include concerts, lectures, and events, and will take place throughout our 2021-2022 season. We would love to see you at our kickoff concert on August 6th. See below for details.
Echoes of Orpheus
We are thrilled to announce our first in-person concert since the beginning of the pandemic!
We’d like to welcome you to Echoes of Orpheus, a new series of concerts in addition to our regular concert series that will happen throughout the next year. Echoes of Orpheus is designed to entice you as we build up to the Summer 2022 production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. We will introduce you to the opera, its characters, our creative team, and Monteverdi’s colorful and evocative soundworld. This is music at the intersection of renaissance and baroque style, and the formation of an entirely new art form, a story in music, or opera.
Join us for an evening of music by Monteverdi, Strozzi, Rossi, and more. The concert will last about 75 minutes without intermission.
August 6, 2021 at 7pm
Downtown United Presbyterian Church
121 Fitzhugh St N, Rochester, NY
Admission free, donations in support of the opera welcome.
For everyone’s safety, only those who are fully vaccinated may attend the concert. Masks and sign-in for contact tracing will be required. This is according to venue and CDC guidelines. Thank you!
Laura Heimes, soprano
Boel Gidholm, violin
Ben David Aronson and Liza Malamut, sackbuts
Naomi Gregory, harpsichord
Deborah Fox, theorbo
The power of music, the strength of love.
Our next opera:
by Claudio Monteverdi
Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
new dates August 25, 27 and 28, 2022
pre-concert talks 1 hour before each performance
Hart Theater at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester
This ground-breaking opera, written in 1607 and considered the first “real” opera, still has the power to captivate audiences over 400 years later, with its universal story, virtuosic expressive music, and colorful orchestration. Its themes of love and loss, human weakness and strength, redemption and the power of music, remain relevant today and will resonate profoundly with our audiences.
As Orfeo, famous for his musical prowess, joyfully celebrates his marriage to Euridice, a messenger brings the news that she has died. Orfeo travels the treacherous path to the Underworld to win her back—with his seductively entrancing music —only to lose her again because of his own doubt. Eventually escorted by the god Apollo, he ascends to the heavens where he can be reunited in the stars with his Euridice. A cast of shepherds, nymphs, spirits, and gods support the flow of the drama with dance, heartfelt solos, and dynamic choruses, that comment on and interpret the action.
We are thrilled to present tenor Colin Balzer in the virtuosic and dramatically expressive role of Orfeo, the singer who must travel to Hell and back to regain his beloved Euridice.
Orfeo: Colin Balzer, tenor
Musica & Proserpina: Laura Heimes, soprano
Apollo: Sumner Thompson, tenor
Messenger & Speranza: Debi Wong, mezzo-soprano
Caronte: Steven Hrycelak, bass
Euridice: Madeline Healey, soprano
Plutone: Mischa Bouvier, baritone
Pastori, Spiriti: Andrew Fuchs, Jonas Budris, tenors; Douglas Dodson, countertenor;
and a chorus that includes young emerging artists of the Pegasus Rising program
More information and tickets coming soon!
This opera is presented with support from our generous donors; with CARES and Project grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; and with grants from the Gouvernet Arts Fund at the Community Foundation, the Lennox Foundation, Dawn Lipson at the Community Foundation, the Farash Foundation; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.