Sondra Radvanovsky, Isabel Leonard, Luca Pisaroni, Brian Jagde Highlight OperaVision World Opera Day Concert

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credits: Michael Cooper / Boston Symphony Orchestra official website / Jiyang Chen / Fay Fox

OperaVision has announced, in collaboration with Opera Europa, Opera America, Ópera Latinoamérica, and Opera For Peace, the final program for the big World Opera Day Celebration concert on Oct. 25, 2020.

The concert is structured in four acts, in four different time zones.

The first Act, at 3 p.m. Tokyo time, will feature Isabel Leonard performing the famed Habanera from Bizet’s “Carmen;” Chuma Sijeqa taking on “Credo in un dio crudel” from Verdi’s “Otello;” Yaritza Véliz interpreting “Tu che di gel sei cinta” from Puccini’s “Turandot;” Sondra Radvanovsky performing “Io son l’umile ancella” from Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur;” Zeina Barhoum and “O mio babbino caro” from Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi;” Alec Carlsen and “Fra poco a me ricovero” from Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor;” Siobhan Stagg and Mariettas Lied from Korngold’s “Die tote Stadt;” Elsa Dreisig and Leonardo Sánchez performing “Parigi o cara” from Verdi’s “La Traviata;” and Julia Mennibaeva and Igor Morozov singing a Russian folksong.

The second Act, at 3 p.m. Moscow time, will spotlight Nikolay Zemdyanski and Sviridov’s “My father is a farmer;” Hyesang Park and “Che fiero momento” from Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice;” Victor Mascharenhas and “Come Paride vezzoso” from Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore;” Siobhan Stagg and René Barbera will perform Gilda and Duca duet from Verdi’s “Rigoletto;” Leonardo Sánchez and “No puede ser” from Sorozábal’s “La tabernera del puerto;” Anthony Roth Costanzo and “Deh placatevi” from Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice;” Vuvu Mpofu and “O luce in quest’anima” from Donizetti’s “Linda di Chamounix;” Sawsan Al-Bahiti will sing an Arabic Melody; Lyubov Petrova will perform Verdamov’s folk song “What should I live and grieve;” and OperaSiam will present Heaven of Thirty-three from Sucharitkul’s “DasJati.”

The third Act, at 3 p.m. London time will showcase Golda Schultz interpreting “Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante” from Bizet’s “Carmen;” Etienne Dupuis performing the Air de Nathanaël from Massenet’s “Thaïs;” Elsa Dreisig presenting “Come scoglio” from Mozart’s “Così fan tutte;” William Guanbo Su and “O tu Palermo” from Verdi’s “I Vespri siciliani;” Victoria Karkacheva and Chesnokov’s “The Eternal Council;” Vuvu Mpofu and Chuma Sijeqa will perform “Bess, you is my woman now,” from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess;” Luca Pisaroni and “Ha, welch’ein Augenblick” from Beethoven’s “Fidelio;” Celine Byrne and MacCathmhaoil’s “My Lagan Love;” and Alan Pingarrón singing the famed “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot.”

The final Act, at 3 p.m. New York time, will star Brian Jagde and “Mamma quel vino è generoso” from Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana;” Nicole Car and “Un bel di, vedremo” from Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly;” Andreas Bauer-Kanabas and “Le veau d’or” from Gounod’s “Faust;” Paola Andrea Leguizamon and Canción de Paloma from Barbieri’s “El barberillo de Lavapiés;” Raehann Bryce-Davis performing “All’afflitto” from Donizetti’s “Roberto Deveraux;” René Barbera and “Ah mes amis” from Donizetti’s “La fille du régiment;” Denyce Graves and Daybreak from Heggie’s “Three Decembers; and Golda Schultz, Etienne Dupuis and Rachel Park singing “Susanna, or via, sortite” from Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.”

The concert will be streamed online on OperaVision website on Oct. 25, 2020, at 5.00 p.m. CET.