HONOLULU (Oct. 2, 2015) — opera superstar Sumi Jo and renowned conductor Jorge Mester join the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra (HSO) for an evening of opera favorites featuring beloved works by Verdi, Mozart, Offenbach and Johann Strauss in three upcoming concerts on O’ahu and Maui.
O’ahu performances include Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 25 at 4 p.m. at Honolulu’s Blaisdell Concert Hall. The Maui performance is Tuesday, October 27 at 7 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. O’ahu tickets range from $34 to $92. Maui tickets range from $32 to $82.
The HSO is honored to bring this entertaining program to new audiences on Maui. Both opera lovers and newcomers to opera will enjoy the unique program, which features many of opera’s most enjoyable masterpieces, including cherished works such as the children’s song “Ah! vous dirai-je Maman” (Mozart and Adolph Adam); the “Flower Duet” from Delibes’ Lakmé featuring Sumi Jo with guest artist Mezzo-Soprano Maya Hoover; “I love you so” from Lehar’s The Merry Widow; and “The Doll Song,” Olympia’s aria from Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann.
Praised for the remarkable agility, precision and warmth of her voice, and for her outstanding musicianship, Grammy Award-winner Sumi Jo has established herself as one of her generation’s most sought-after sopranos. Sumi Jo has been heard in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, as well as Gilda in Rigoletto, Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Oscar in Un Ballo in maschera. La Scala audiences have heard her in bel canto specialties such as Le Comte Ory and Fra Diavolo.
Audiences around the world recognize Sumi Jo from her many recordings and appearances, including the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Games. She was the singing voice of Veda Pierce in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, and sang the theme song for the Korean Broadcasting System’s broadcast of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
As a world class coloratura soprano, Sumi Jo has actively extended her role is various opera productions in the world opera stages. New additions to her repertoire in recent years include Delibes’ Lakmé, and Meyerbeer’s Dinorah and Giulietta in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi. Other celebrated roles include Marie in La Fille du Regiment and Elvira in I Puritani.
Maestro Mester leads this unforgettable program as the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra shares the magic of opera with new audiences. The former music director of the Louisville Orchestra and Pasadena Symphony, Maestro Mester is a sought-after conductor in opera houses worldwide, including the New York City Opera, the Sydney Opera and the Washington Opera.
O’ahu Tickets: Tickets range from $34 to $92 and are available online, at the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra Box Office or through the Blaisdell Box Office. $13 student rush tickets and $20 military tickets are available beginning Monday, October 19 with a valid ID (must purchase in-person).
Maui Tickets: Tickets range from $32 to $82 and are available through the Maui Arts & Cultural Center online or in person at the box office. Half-price tickets in all categories for students with ID. (Must show ID at box office to purchase.)
Verdi – Overture to I vespri siciliani
Gounod – “Je veux vivre” from Romeo and Juliet
Lehár – “Vilja Song” from The Merry Widow
Tchaikovsky – “Polonaise” from Eugene Onegin
Delibes – “Flower Duet” from Lakmé (Ms. Jo with Maya Hoover, Mezzo-Soprano)
Mozart/A. Adam – “Ah! vous dirai-je Maman”
Saint-Saëns – “Bacchanale” from Samson and Delila
J. Strauss – Overture to Die Fledermaus
J. Strauss – “Spiel’ ich die U nschuld vom Landa” from Die Fledermaus
Lehar – “I love you so” from The Merry Widow
Offenbach – Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
Offenbach – “Barcarolle” from The Tales of Hoffmann (Ms. Jo with Maya Hoover, Mezzo-Soprano)
Offenbach – “The Doll Song” from The Tales of Hoffmann
About the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra
The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2011 and made its debut in 2012. The new HSO carries on the legacy of the Honolulu Symphony, which was founded in 1900 and performed for more than a century. The orchestra employs 84 professional musicians and presents classical masterworks, pops, educational and community programs.
The mission of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra is to present the highest-quality performances of great music, bringing national and international distinction to the orchestra and its community; to delight and educate audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and enhance the cultural vitality and quality of life in these Islands; and to operate in a financially sound manner.
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