Saturday, March 5, 2016

John Moore makes two company debuts

John Moore
Barihunk John Moore made his company debut yesterday at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, as Thoas in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride. The all-star cast directed by James Darrah includes Alexandra Deshorties in the title role, William Berger as Oreste and Colin Ainsworth as Pylade.

Iphigénie en Tauride, based on the Greek myth about a priestess facing the aftermath of her family’s violent history, is often considered the culmination of Gluck’s life ambition to achieve a perfect union of music and drama. There are performances remaining on March, 7, 9, 11 and 13 and tickets are available online.

Thomas Allen sings Oreste's aria "Dieux qui me poursuivez":

He then heads to the Florida Grand Opera to make his company debut as Tadeusz in Mieczysław Weinberg’s 1968 opera The Passenger. The opera was banned in the Soviet Union and was first premiered in 2010 at the Bregenz Festival. Weinberg, a Soviet composer of Jewish-Polish heritage who died in 1996, never saw a performance of this lost masterpiece in his lifetime. 

John Moore sings Largo al factotum from the Barber of Seville:

The opera revolves around an encounter between two women – one a former Auschwitz guard and the other a former prisoner. Melrose plays Tadeusz, a camp inmate and violinist who defies the Commandant byordered by performing some meloncholy music by Bach rather than a frolicking waltz. Needless to say, things don't end well for Tadeusz.

Performances run from April 2-9 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and tickets and additional cast information is available online.

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