EPSO presents Night at The Met: Opera’s Finest

Led by conductor Bohuslav Rattay, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) joins the UTEP Choral Union, soprano Heather Dials, mezzo-soprano Cherry Duke and tenor Paul Groves to perform some of opera’s greatest arias in A Night at The Met: Opera’s Finest.

Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on February 21-22 in the Plaza Theatre, audiences will be treated to a night of operatic highlights from well-known operas like Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Il Trovatore, Macbeth and more.

Led by Dr. Elisa Wilson, the UTEP Choral Union has performed with EPSO on numerous occasions, most recently in 2018.  EPSO and the UTEP choir will perform the Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly, the Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore, the Va, pensiero (chorus of the slaves) from Nabucco, and the Witches Chorus from Macbeth.

In addition, they will join Ms. Dials, Ms. Duke and Mr. Groves in other arias and ensembles.

Tenor Paul Groves made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1992. He will perform one of the best-known tenor arias in all opera, the Nessum Dorma (None shall sleep), from the final act of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot.

Nessun Dorma achieved pop status after Luciano Pavarotti’s 1972 recording of it was used as the theme song of BBC television’s coverage of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.  The versatile voice of Mr. Groves also will be showcased in Sing to Love, from Die Fledermaus, and Una furtuna lagrima, from the Italian opera L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti.

Soprano Heather Dials began her professional career at the age of 12, was accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at 17 and made her debut at New York’s Alice Tully Hall at 21.  Ms. Dials will join Paul Groves in Champagne finale from Die Fledermaus and the Brindisi (drinking song) from La Traviata.

Mezzo-soprano Cherry Duke has performed principal roles with opera companies and orchestra around the US and abroad, including as a soloist with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra in its April 2016 presentation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. She also performs regularly with the El Paso Opera, and, has been a member of the UTEP music faculty since 2015, where she teaches voice and directs the opera.

Ms. Duke will perform Habanera from Bizet’s masterpiece Carmen and join Ms. Dials and Mr. Groves in several more favorites.

For insights on the program, join EPSO Assistant Conductor Dr. James Welsch prior to each performance at Opening Notes at 6:30pm in the Philanthropy Theatre.

The February performances are generously sponsored by the El Paso Community Foundation and supported in part by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and he National Endowment for the Arts.

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:30pm

Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:30pm

Featuring the UTEP Choral Union

Heather Dials, Soprano, Cherry Duke, Mezzo-Soprano; Paul Groves, Tenor

Tickets: $46, $41, $35, $22, $16 and $9 and $12 for students plus applicable fees.

The Plaza Theatre | 125 W Mills Ave | More information available online.