performances are an integral part of summer experiences, and New York
City's Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America, an
outdoor free festival celebrating the arts with live music,
theatre, and dance performances on the lawn, should be part of your
summer plans. We attended Alessandro Lora in concert with New York City Opera
Orchestra on Saturday, August 19, 2023, and it was a spectacular evening of music
and culture in the park. The festival series began on June 1 and runs until
September 14, 2023.
Alessandro Lora with New York City Opera
at Bryant Park Picnic Performances
York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia (Mayor from 1934-1946) dubbed the New York
City Opera "The People's Opera" in 1943 at its founding, and on Saturday,
August 19, 2023, the name still held true as New Yorkers as well as visitors,
sought to enrich a beautiful summer evening with music. New York
City Opera's Director Michael Capasso opened the performance by stating that
for over a decade they have been bringing free music to the people in Bryant
Park, which has been an important part of the New York City Opera's mission.
Bryant Partk - Breathtaking Venue
Saturday, August 19, 2023, performance, there was a special treat; Italian Tenor
Alessandro Lora and Italian Soprano Chiara Cremaschi were making
their United States debut on the Bryant Park stage, and the acclaimed Maestro
Diego Basso, and Maestro Maurizio Barbacini were both conducting.
Maestro Diego Basso
included Italian opera favorites and popular music as well, with selections by
Diego Basso, Puccini, Verdi, Mascagni, Morricone, Facchinetti, Mozart, Verdi,
and Bizet. Maestro Barbacini opened the performance by dedicating the concert
to the great Italian Diva Soprano Renata Scotto (February 24, 1934 - August 16,
2023), who had died a few days earlier, and commenced with the exciting Bizet orchestral
composition, Prelude from the opera Carmen.
Alessandro Lora and Maestro Diego Basso
VIDEO - Alessandro Lora performing a solo - https://youtube.com/shorts/x8yL
Alessandro Lora's voice was magnificent as he sang the aria Ch'ella mi creda
from the third act of Puccini's La fanciulla del West opera, which was
commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera House and premiered on December 10, 1910,
starring Enrico Caruso, and conducted by Arturo Toscanini.
Maestro Maurizio Barbacini
wonderful Puccini composition followed, Recondita armonia, which is the
first romanza from the opera Tosca. Interesting to note about the
opera Tosca is that it premiered in 1900 and remains a favorite of opera
lovers, including New York City Opera's Director Michael Capasso.
Chiara Cremaschi and Alessandro Lora Duet
VIDEO - Alessandro Lora and Chiara Cremaschi duet - https://youtube.com/shorts/GB
Cremaschi's stunning vocals fully did justice to the Puccini composition O
mio babino caro from the opera Gianni Schicchi. Next there was the
aria by Verdi: Di quella pira (from Il trovatore) sung by
Alessandro Lora. The program followed with the New York City Opera Orchestra
performing the Mascagni composition, Intermezzo from Cavalleria
rusticana conducted by Maestro Basso.
Michael Capasso - Director, New York City Opera
continued with the very famous Neapolitan song written for Enrico Caruso entitled
Core 'ngrato with an arrangement by Diego Basso and featured Alessandro
Lora. Next, there were three selections from Morricone, all conducted by
Maestro Diego Basso: Gabriel's Oboe featuring the New York City Opera
Orchestra with an extended oboe solo performed by NYCOO's Randy Wolfgang, C'era
una volta il West featuring Chiara Cremaschi with an arrangement by Maestro
Basso, and E piu ti penso featuring Chiara and Alessandro.
brief intermission, the orchestra returned to the stage as the daylight slowly
turned to dusk and continued the program with the famous song, O sole mio
sung by Alessandro Lora and arranged by Maestro Diego Basso. Next, Maestro Diego
Basso conducted his own orchestral composition entitled Vigneti come
Pentagrammi. Chiara fully did justice to the next aria, Der Hölle Rache
(Queen of the Night) from Mozart's opera, The Magic Flute (Die
Zauberflöte), which New York City Opera Director Michael Capasso described
as having "stratospheric high notes" and Chiara met each and every one.
Chiara Cremaschi and New York City Opera
VIDEO - Chiara Cremaschi performing a solo - https://youtu.be/t99CDra43sY
to note about composer Giacomo Puccini is that 2024 will be the 100th
anniversary of his death, and La boheme (composed between 1893-1895) is
one of the most performed operas in the world, and closes many scenes in the
1987 film, Moonstruck (starring Nicolas Cage and Cher). For the famous
La boheme duet O soave fanciulla, Alessandro portrays the poet Rodolfo
and Chiara portrays Mimi, his girlfriend, the seamstress.
The New York CIty Opera
Alessandro Lora & Maestro Maurizio Barbacini
audience had the pleasure of another wonderful orchestral composition by Diego
Basso, followed by Maestro Barbacini returning to the stage to conduct Puccini's
E lucevan le stelle from the third act of the opera Tosca
featuring Alessandro Lora. Next there was a selection from Verdi, Libiamo
ne' lieti calici (the drinking song) from the opera La traviata sung
by Chiara and Alessandro, followed by Alessandro singing another Puccini
selection, Nessum dorma from the opera Turandot.
As dusk turned
into night the lights in the surrounding skyscrapers came on creating a magical
backdrop as Chiara and Alessandro gave the audience one more song to remember
them by, the New York favorite known throughout the world, New York, New
York. Apropos to the lyrics, "...If I can make it there, I'll make it
anywhere..." they did indeed make it in New York! Bravo!
to the New York City Opera's performance on August 19, the Opera returns to
Bryant Park on Friday, September 8, 2023, for a fully staged and orchestrated
Romeo and Juliet sung in French.
time, keep enjoying and supporting the arts!
2023 Schedule of Bryant Park Picnic Performances - Shows Start at 7:00 pm
New York City Opera
Alessandro Loro in concert
Accordions Around the World
Diana Burco, Suistamon Sähkö, Ragini Ensemble
Immanuel Wilkins, 75 Dollar Bill, Ka Baird
The Classical Theatre of Harlem
Young, Gifted and Black
American Symphony Orchestra
Full orchestra with Leon Botstein
New York City Opera
Romeo and Juliet
On & On: José James Sings Badu
information on Bryant Park's Picnic Performances, please visit the website: https://bryantpark.org/activities/picnic-performances
Information: Bryant Park lawn opens at 5:00 pm.
Performances start at 7:00 pm, however you can drop it at any time. Come early
for a front row seat, bring your own blanket, or borrow a blanket or chair from
Bryant Park. There are kiosks where you can purchase wine, beer, and other
beverages, as well as food, or you can bring a picnic if desired. Please note
that performances are cancelled when it is unsafe to be outdoors. Follow Bryant
Park on Twitter and Instagram at @bryantparknyc for day-of-event updates.
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