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Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in The Voice Box | 0 comments

Operagasmic Production of the Week!

by Christie Connolley

I love to arrive early to the opera.  For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES!  Once that is done, I delve into the program!  I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers’ bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years ago that photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes!  It is one of the best parts of going to the opera!  So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.

The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Madison Opera’s Production of Philip Glass’s Galileo Galilei!

He discovered the earth revolved around the sun and dared to defend the truth, only to suffer the persecution of the church and his peers in turn. Madison Opera celebrates the 75th birthday of iconic American composer Philip Glass with a new production of one of his most acclaimed recent works, Galileo Galilei. The opera offers a moving portrait of the famous astronomer’s life, told backwards in time from his final days to explore questions of science, religion, and, ultimately, humanity.

Renowned tenor William Joyner is Galileo Galilei and the vibrant soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine is his daughter, Maria Celeste. Baritone John Arnold is featured as the Young Galileo. A. Scott Parry (The Marriage of Figaro, 2010) directs and Kelly Kuo (Così fan tutte, 2009) conducts members of the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

Please note:
Ticket availability is very limited. Purchase tickets online here, or call the Box Office at (608) 258-4141 for most current information.


Older Galileo William Joyner Maria Celeste Jamie-Rose Guarrine
Pope Dean Peterson Scribe Allisanne Apple
1st Cardinal Alex Edgemon Young Galileo John Arnold
2nd Cardinal Darik Knutsen Sagredo Saira Frank
3rd Cardinal Errik Hood Young Maria Celeste Jennifer DeMain


Music by Philip Glass

Libretto by Mary Zimmerman, with Philip Glass and Arnold Weinstein

Conductor: Kelly Kuo

Director: A. Scott Parry

Sung in English with projected text

Run time: appr. 90 minutes, no intermission

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