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October 11, 2002 - Image 91

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-10-11

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JACQUES CAUSSIN, BOB SMITH & DOLPHIN PROMOTIONS, INC. PRESENT THE FIRST ANNUAL

GREAT LAKES

DERNIIISH

all of these productions.
"The Anvil Chorus'
became a famous piece of
music created by the
[opera's] chorus of gypsies
banging on anvils while
making horseshoes."
. Zweig's favorite opera is
Carmen by Georges Bizet,
but he sang a solo in
Verdi's Ri goletto for about
15 seconds. In Gaetano
Donizetti's Daughter of the
A scene from MOT's 1988 production of VI Trovatore."
Regiment, he broke an
ankle while jumping over
Playing three of the roles Oct. 13,
someone in rehearsal and carried out
18 and 20 are Jeffrey Springer
the performance in a walking cast.
(Manrico), Isabella Sacco (Leonora)
Only half of the chorus will appear
and C.Y. Liao (Count di Luna).
in Don Pasquale, by Gaetano
The brief fall season, sponsored by
Donizetti, the second opera of the fall
Ford Motor Company, ends with six
season. Zweig won't return to the
performances, Nov. 9-17, of Don
MOT stage until May in Die
Pasquale. A perfect foil to the dramatic
Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss.
intensity of II Trovatore, the light-
Other spring operas include Don
hearted Don Pasquale is an exquisite
Giovanni, by Wolfgang Mozart, in
example of Italian comic opera.
April, and Dead Man Walking, by
Refusing to give Ernesto his blessing
Terrence McNally, in June.
to wed Norina, the aging bachelor
Don Pasquale plans his own nuptials
to try to provide a "deserving" heir to
Shaarey Zedek Choir Director
his great fortune. Pasquale's confidant,
Zweig is best known in the Jewish
Dr. Malatesta, plots on behalf of the
community as director since 1983 of
young lovers by offering his "sister"
the 20-member choir at Congregation
Sofrina's hand in marriage to Pasquale;
Shaarey Zedek.
she's actually Norina in disguise.
The choir usually is hidden behind
After the wedding, she squanders
the bimah during Shabbat services,
'Pasquale's fortune and reveals her true
but came out and sang in front of the.
identity. He comes to realize that mar-
bimah during the High Holidays this
riage is not for an old man.
year "because members of the congre-
World-famous Italian bass Donato •
gation told us they wanted to see the
di Stefano plays the title role in all six
choir perform," he said.
performances. Chinese-born soprano
Zweig, 69, started singing in syna-
Ying Huang plays Norina Nov. 9, 13
gogues at age 10 and has continued as
and 16; young American soprano
a cantorial soloist through the years.
Jennifer Aylmer handles the role Nov.
He was 18 when he made his opera
10, 15 and 17. El
chorus debut in Aida in 1951, when
the city of Detroit staged seven operas
at Masonic Temple for its 250th birth-
Michigan Opera Theatre's 2002-
day celebration.
2003 opera season begins with
He graduated from Central High
Verdi's II Trovatore 8 p.m. Saturday,
School in 1951 and from Wayne State
Oct. 12, at the Detroit Opera
University with an education degree,
House, 1526 Broadway. Other
and was a teacher and counselor in the
performances are 2 p.m. Sunday,
Detroit Public Schools for 33 years.
Oct. 13; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Playing the lead roles in II Trovatore
Oct. 16 (new weekday starting
Oct. 12, 16 and 19 are Russian tenor
time); 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
Viktor Afanasenko (Manrico), who
Oct. 18-19; and 2 p.m. Sunday,
was discovered for opera when he won
Oct. 20. The fall season ends with
a TV competition as a rock singer;
Donizetti's Don Pasquale 8 p.m.
American soprano Indra Thomas
Saturday, Nov. 9; 2 p.m. Sunday,
(Leonora), widely regarded as one of
Nov. 10; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,
opera's future superstars; mezzo-sopra-
Nov. 13; 8 p.m. Friday and
no Barbara Dever (Azucena); and
Saturday, Nov. 15-16; and 2 p.m.
Ukrainian baritone Yuri Nechaev
Sunday, Nov. 17. $18-$105, with
(Count di Luna), who made his
special family discounts. Box
American debut last year in MOT's
office: (313) 237-7464.
critically acclaimed Anoush.

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