Taconic Opera Presents a Rare Verdi Warhorse
As Taconic Opera expands its reach into every area of Westchester and neighboring counties, it will present an opera that only monolithic opera houses will usually dare to touch. Nabucco, some feel Verdi’s greatest masterpiece, will be performed at two venues: the Yorktown Stage in Yorktown Heights, and the Pepsico Theater at SUNY Purchase. It spotlights one of Italy’s most beloved choruses, “Va pensiero,” as part of the story of King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian captivity of the Jews in 586 BCE.
Nabucco features what many call the most difficult soprano role ever written by Verdi. The role of Abagaile has scared off some of the most famous divas over the ages. “Finding the right singer for this difficult role was arduous to say the least,” asserts Dan Montez, General Director of the company, “but we found two!” What Montez is referring to is that the company will present two complete casts of the opera. “Their voices are so exciting that I personally would want to see both casts, just to experience each unique interpretation. I think many people will.”
Performances are at the Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, NY, on Friday, October 21 and Saturday October 22, 2011 at 8 PM, and a Sunday matinee October 23 at 2 PM. An additional performance will be held at the SUNY-Purchase Pepsico Theatre on Saturday, October 29 at 7 PM. Taconic Opera offers generous discounts for seniors and those who purchase tickets to multiple operas. Students under 25 with a student I.D. get the best deal of all; they can sit down for a mere $15 per show. “No one can attend an opera for that price anywhere,” trumpets Montez. “We are committed to the next generation,” he continues. “We brought opera to more than 6,000 school children last year.” For information, tickets or directions: call 1-855-886 -7372 or email email@example.com or visit www.taconicopera.org.