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Four events turn the Heights into Holiday Central

By Martin Hajovsky on December 2, 2015


Moving on to next weekend, Opera in the Heights will salute its Hispanic artists in what they’re calling the “ConciertOh! de Invierno.”

The company is celebrating its 20th season this year, and for the holidays they’ve put together a program featuring zarzuelas, boleros and música navideña (Christmas music) at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Boulevard.

The company will showcase singers Claudia Chapa, Octavio Moreno and James Rodriguez, with guest appearances by Arnold Yzaguirre, Brian Suits and Patrick Contreras. Three concerts are scheduled for Dec. 11, 12 and 13, all starting at 7 p.m.

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'I Pagliacci' opens Opera in Heights season

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
By Don Maines

Soprano Julia Engel and Tenor James Chamberlain, Photo by Carl Cramer. 

Soprano Julia Engel and Tenor James Chamberlain, Photo by Carl Cramer. 

A single cast was announced Aug. 24 for "I Pagliacci (The Clowns)," which opens the 20th season of Opera in the Heights Sept. 18 at Lambert Hall.

The 1892 "comic thriller" by Ruggero Leoncavallo will be performed four times, in contrast to the usual seven performances, with double-casting, of each opera in recent seasons, said Mariam Khalili, the group's executive director since January.

"The change will allow Opera in the Heights to better focus its financial resources, while enhancing the artistic quality of each of the four productions," said Khalili.

"I Pagliacci" will star James Chamberlain as Canio, which was a signature role of opera great Enrico Caruso. Canio leads a commedia dell'arte troupe that includes his wife, Nedda. Her adultery is revealed in the opera's comic play-within-a-play.

Joining Chamberlain will be Donata Cucinotta as Nedda, James Rodriguez as Tonio, Jeremiah Johnson as Silvio and Dashiell Waterbury as Beppe.

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