International opera star in concert in Knoxville10.10.2005
KNOXVILLE, TN — One of the world's most renowned opera singers, Catherine Malfitano, will make her Knoxville debut in a gala concert on Saturday, October 15 at 7 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre. Titled "From the Met to the Copa", the program will feature highlights from Malfitano's illustrious international career as well as a rare performance of her Kurt Weill cabaret act.
The concert, conducted by Knoxville Opera's new General Director Brian Salesky, serves as the opening production of Knoxville Opera's 2005-2006 Season of Extraordinary Women.
A dominating force in the operatic world for more than 30 years, Malfitano made her professional debut in 1972 and has appeared at all the world's leading opera houses and has performed with such celebrated artists as Alfredo Kraus, Pl?cido Domingo, Jose Cura, Bryn Terfel, Sherrill Milnes, Sam Ramey, Jos? Carreras, Robert Altman, James Levine, and Riccardo Muti.
Her Emmy-award winning portrayal of Tosca, broadcast live from the actual Roman settings of the opera and opposite Pl?cido Domingo, was seen by more than one billion viewers worldwide.
Malfitano has been hailed as "the most courageous and compelling singer of our generation" by Philip Gossett, a leading opera journalist. The soprano's extensive repertoire of more than 70 operatic roles demonstrates her versatility and spans the entirety of operatic history. She has sung in the world premieres of Carlisle Floyd's Bilby's Doll, Conrad Susa's Transformations, Thomas Pasatieri's Washington Square and The Seagull, and William Bolcom's A View From the Bridge, McTeague, A Wedding, and Medusa.
Although "From Met to the Copa" will mark Malfitano's first performance in Knoxville, it will not be her first collaboration with Knoxville Opera General Director Brian Salesky. They first joined forces in Barcelona for Madama Butterfly and have since enjoyed a professional relationship spanning more than a decade, including a unique one-woman operatic triple-bill (La Voix Humaine, Seven Deadly Sins, Medusa) in Cincinnati and a Kurt Weill cabaret act at New York City's Copacabana.
"I believe Catherine has done more than any other artist to elevate the dramatic and musical standards of opera all over the world during the past three decades," says Salesky. "She is the inspiring manifestation of what is possible when a great artist of the musical theatre is committed to fearlessly and profoundly communicating great characters."
Following the concert, Malfitano will be the special guest at the Knoxville Opera Guild's opening night gala. Dinner guests will have the opportunity to mingle with the opera legend as they celebrate the commencement of Knoxville Opera's "Season of Extraordinary Women," which will highlight several of the vibrant and unique women who add drama and excitement to the world of opera ? from Louisa May Alcott's beloved characters in Mark Adamo's Little Women to the tragic heroism of Puccini's Madama Butterfly and the tantalizing Rosabella in Broadway's classic The Most Happy Fella.
Tickets for "From the Met to the Copa" range from $17 to $79 per person, with discounts available for children, students and groups. Reservations for the opening night dinner must be made in advance at a cost of $60 per person. Opera tickets and dinner reservations may be obtained by calling Knoxville Opera at 865-524-0795.
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