THE ELIXIR OF LOVE – In one of the most endearing Italian comic operas, a love-struck country bumpkin sets out to win a feisty socialite’s heart, aided by a “magic” potion and a doctor of dubious credentials.
MOZART AND STRAUSS – Themes of fate and mortality dominate this fascinating Jacobs Masterworks concert featuring two works each from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Strauss.
DEBUSSY AND DURUFLÉ – Debussy’s masterly marine portrait inspired by his observations of the English Channel, and the moving Requiem by Duruflé are coupled into Debussy’s early development, his cantata The Blessed Damozel.
CHANSON D’AVRIL: NICOLE CABELL WITH CRAIG TERRY
“At once womanly and ingenuous, Nicole Cabell’s luminescent lyric soprano finds its ideal channel in this exploration of French chansons. In the lush gem “Adieux de l’hôtesse arabe,” she caresses the phrase “Hélas! Adieu!” like a seductive dare. She maintains a darker color for “Ouvre ton coeur” and “Pastorale,” while the ardent outpouring of “Chanson d’avril” reveals a sunnier glow. The restrained romanticism of “L’invitation au voyage” offers Cabell the opportunity to saturate her phrases with a voluptuous, luxuriant calm. In “Enfant, si j’étais roi,” she radiates grandiosity and lends “Oh! quand je dors” a liquid, faraway quality.”
— Opera News