ELIXIR OF SONG
A vibrant evening of music featuring selections from Donizetti’s beloved comedy, The Elixir of Love!
Opera Arlington proudly welcomes visiting soprano Bailey Sutton, joined by tenor Jason Nichols, and pianist Jiaqi Chen, for a colorful “love potion” of opera and art song. In addition to world-famous arias and duets from L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love), the program features classic jewels of the soprano repertoire for an evening of music that is sure to touch the heart.
AUGUST 12, 2023
SATURDAYUPPER ROOM, Education Building B
Tate Springs Baptist Church
4001 Little Rd, Arlington, TX 76016
Duration: approx. 1 hour; there will be one 15-minute intermission
Gilda’s Aria “Caro nome” from Rigoletto (1851)
by Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
The Fairy’s Aria “Ah! douce enfant” from Cendrillon (1899)
by Jules Massenet (1842–1912)
Selections from Bird Songs (1907)
by Liza Lehmann (1862–1918)
II. The Starling
III. The Yellowhammer
IV. The Wren
V. The Owl
The Silver Aria “Gold is a fine thing” from The Ballad of Baby Doe (1956)
by Douglas Moore (1893–1969)
Selections from L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) (1832)
by Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848) to words by Felice Romani (1788–1865)
Act I Duet “Una parola, O Adina... Chiedi all’aura lusinghiera”
Act I Duet “Caro elisir, sei mio!... Esulti pur la barbara”
Act II Aria “Una furtiva lagrima”
Act II Aria & Duet “Eccola... Prendi, per me sei libero”
MEET THE PERFORMERS
Bailey Sutton, soprano
GUEST ARTIST | ADINA, L’elisir d’amore
Bailey Sutton is a young American soprano rapidly gaining recognition for her shimmering, silver tone and nuanced musicality. Originally from La Grange, North Carolina, Bailey frequently performs in concert and on the opera stage with North Carolina Opera as a soloist and ensemble member. She recently created the role of Hero in the world premiere of Evan Keene’s Much Ado About Nothing at Stafford Opera Troupe, and has also portrayed Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel and Drusilla from Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea. In addition to opera, Bailey has performed many musical theater and straight theater roles, such as Mrs. Nordstrom from Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and Abby Brewster from Joseph Kesselring’s Arsenic and Old Lace.
Bailey was a finalist in the 2019 Orpheus Vocal Competition in Tennessee, where she won the Donizetti Award; later that season, she was selected as a Young Artist for the 2020 CoOPERAtive program at Westminster Choir College and was a semi-finalist in the 2020 Premiere Opera Foundation + NYIOP Vocal Competition.
Off the stage, Bailey is passionate about serving her community through the arts and empowering young musicians. She currently serves students as the director of choirs and musical theatre at North Lenoir High School, in addition to teaching voice lessons and performing as a regular soloist at the First United Methodist Church in Wilson, NC. Bailey holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from East Carolina University.
Jason Nichols, who sings “with vulnerability and passion” (The Roanoke Times), is a versatile tenor with ample experience both on stage and in the studio. Jason performs frequently with Opera Arlington and has recently made concert and recital appearances abroad in Paris, Prague, Olomouc, and Madagascar. In the 2019-2020 season, he appeared in The Dallas Symphony’s production of Salome under conductor Fabio Luisi, and premiered the modern adaptations of two operas by J.H. Schmelzer at the Olomouc Baroque Festival in the Czech Republic. This past season, Jason performed in multiple cities in the Czech Republic as part of a recital series that revived rare works of Czech art song. A 2016 district winner in the Metropolitan Opera Competition and Apprentice Artist with Opera Roanoke, Jason has also performed under the illustrious batons of Marzio Conti, Hilary Griffiths, Lukas Beikercher, Marius Stieghorst, and Steven White.
On the opera stage and in concert, Jason has appeared as Don José (Carmen), Il Duca (Rigoletto), Rodolfo (La Bohème), and many more. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Graduate Artist Certificate from the University of North Texas.
Jiaqi Chen, piano
Collaborative pianist Jiaqi Chen is in demand throughout the DFW Metroplex for her sensitive interpretations of diverse classical repertoire. Returning for her second concert performance with Opera Arlington, Jiaqi is an assistant pianist for The Dallas Opera’s outreach program. An experienced collaborator, she has performed with various musicians in a wide variety of genres, spanning vocal and instrumental music, opera, musical theater, and choral repertoire. She is an alumna of University of Southern California and is currently pursuing her Doctoral of Music Arts degree at the University of North Texas.
Founder and General Director of Opera Arlington, Bree Nichols is an Arlington-based soprano, vocal educator, and arts professional who has performed across the United States and internationally. An innovator in community opera initiatives, Bree founded Stafford Opera Troupe in her hometown of Stafford, Virginia in 2016, where she created the Summer Opera Program offering free training and performance opportunities to emerging singers. At Stafford Opera Troupe, she served as General Director and Music Director for three seasons, producing operas such as Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Viardot's Cendrillon. In addition to her work with Opera Arlington, Bree currently serves growing musicians on the faculty of NTX Vocal Arts Exchange. A Fulbright grantee to the Czech Republic in 2021–22, Bree is known for her interpretations of Czech vocal music in addition to a diverse operatic repertoire. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of North Texas and a Master of Music degree from University of Georgia.
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