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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-10-11

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Hitting The High Notes

Jewish MOT chorus members help launch fall opera
season in Verdi's "II Trovatore."

BILL CARROLL
Special to the Jewish News

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tion of II Trovatore after an absence of
14 years from its repertoire.

he famous "Anvil Chorus"
Member Of The Chorus
will help ring in the open-
. ing of the 2002-2003 opera Contributing to II Trovatore's "Anvil
season at the Detroit Opera Chorus" — which opens Act II and
depicts Spanish gypsies striking anvils
House Saturday night, Oct. 12, as
at dawn while singing the praises of
Michigan Opera Theatre presents
hard work, good wine and gypsy
Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore for six
women — is the MOT Chorus, a 60-
performances through Oct. 20.
member group, split evenly among
And in this case, it's the louder, the
better. The opera music will have
to compete with the much-her-
alded 40th anniversary Rolling
Stones concert taking place just a
stone's throw away at the new
Ford Field, across the street and a
bit east of the opera house.
It's an incongruous setting for
the Stones, to say the least. But
that's the fun of this new and
exciting part of downtown,
including the Fox and State the-
aters, the Second City-Detroit,
Comerica Park, Ford Field, the
Music Hall, the Gem and
Century theaters, the Opera
House and plenty of restaurants
and cafes.
"The fact that a rock group like MOT Chorus member Eugene Zweig in
the Rolling Stones is performing
costume for the MOT production of
at Ford Field the same night as we "La Boheme: "Opera goers dOn't realize
kick off our 32nd season is anoth- the importance of the chorus members in
er great example of the cultural
all of these productions."
diversity of downtown Detroit,"
said MOT General Director
men and women and including three
David DiChiera. "We welcomed the
Jewish members.
Lions football team to the neighbor-
Playing the roles of a gypsy and a
hood last month, and now we also
soldier will be Eugene Zweig of West
welcome the Stones."
Bloomfield, performing in his 27th
Il Trovatore (the troubadour) is the
opera production during 11 years as
second opera of Verdi's so-called trilo-
an MOT chorus member. Other
gia popolare of Rigoletto, II Trovatore
Jewish chorus members are Ray Litt of
and La Traviata, written from 1851-
Detroit and Fred Buchalter of Troy,
1853.
who once played a priest in an opera
Universally popular for its deeply
— much to the consternation of his
romantic story and glorious melodies,
mother.
II Trovatore is the tale of two brothers,
Directed by Suzanne Acton, the
separated at infancy, who become
MOT Chorus handles all of the sec-
trapped in a maze of mistaken identi-
ondary singing and acting roles in the
ty, vengeance and murder.
operas, not to be confused with the
Spurred on by his gypsy mother,
supernumeraries, who do not have
Azucena, and her desire for revenge,
speaking roles.
the troubadour Manrico and the
"It's always exciting because of the
wealthy Count Di Luna duel for the
diversity of roles that we play," Zweig
affection of Leonora, unaware of the
said. "Opera-goers don't realize the
brotherly bond they share.
importance of the chorus members in
MOT is staging the all-new produc-

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