Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Baritones UnBound in Boston showcases low voices

Baritones UnBound: Marc Kudisch, Ben Davis and Jeff Mattsey
We love that baritones are finally getting the acclaim that they deserve. It's been 23 years since the Three Tenors debuted at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. That concerts spawned a host of offshoots, including Three Sopranos and Three Countertenors, not to mention the Irish Tenors, the Canadian Tenors, the Ten Tenors, Three Tenors and a Soprano and Three Mo’ Tenors. It seemed like we had everything but the Three Baritones.

Well, the wait is over in a show called Baritones UnBound. The show opened on October 8th at Emerson College’s Paramount Theatre in Boston and will run through October 20th.

The show was conceived by Marc Kudisch, whose has been nominated for three Tony and four Drama Desk Award nominations. The show, which is directed by David Dower, explores the history of baritone singing in opera and on the Broadway stage.

Ben Davis in Baritones UnBound
Kudisch is joined by Jeff Mattsey and Ben Davis. Davis has appeared on this site for his portrayal of  Papageno in the recent film adaptation on The Magic Flute. He has made his career in television and in Broadway musicals and recently appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as Billy in Mark-Anthony Turnage's Anna Nicole.

The trio performs Papageno's “Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja" from The Magic Flute, Figaro’s “Largo al factotum” from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, “Ah! Per sempre,” from Bellini’s I puritani, “I Am a Pirate King” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, and Jud’s “Lonely Room” from Oklahoma, among others.

Visit the ArtsEmerson website for tickets.

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