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We’re pleased to announce that our Spring 2015 production will be Leoncavallo’s opera Pagliacci, with a wonderful mostly-Maritime cast.

The central role of Canio will be sung by Halifax tenor Jason Davis in his debut with MCO. As his unfaithful wife, Nedda, New Brunswick soprano Beth Hagerman returns to MCO, along with Nova Scotians Joshua Whelan as her lover Silvio and Marcel D’Entremont as Beppe. Rounding out the cast is one of our favourite baritones, Andrew Tees, as Tonio, with the MCO Chorus and Tara Scott!


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LUNENBURG — Maritime Concert Opera is pleased to announce that it will tour the South Shore of Nova Scotia with its in concert production of Strauss’s sparkling operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat).

“Spring is finally here on the South Shore, and we have a real treat in store with four performances of one of the most beloved operettas ever written”, said Artistic Director Nina Scott-Stoddart.

Johann Strauss Jr’s classic operetta, Die Fledermaus is a profoundly silly comic story of revenge, seduction and mistaken identity, centred on a high-society costume party thrown by Prince Orlofski. Man-about-town Eisenstein is about to be jailed, his wife is being seduced by an old flame, his friend Dr Falke has a plan to exact revenge for a past prank, and everybody wants to go to the party!

“It’s all fun”, says Scott-Stoddart. “Nothing serious about it at all. There are a few of the most famous operetta numbers ever written, especially in the second act, which features non stop hits, including Adele’s Laughing Song, The Csardas and the Champagne chorus”.

This show really puts the “Maritime” into Maritime Concert Opera, too. With the exception of MCO’s favourite tenor, Lenard Whiting as the dashing Eisenstein, all the cast are Maritimers and most of them are Nova Scotians! Hear New Brunswick soprano and Dal grad Beth Hagerman as Rosalinda, Pictou-born tenor Marcel d’Entremont as her lover Alfred and Dartmouth soprano Suzanne Rigden as Rosalinda’s saucy maid Adele, all making their MCO debuts. Pleasantville baritone Lukus Uhlman returns (as Dr. Falke) along with Lunenburger Rob O’Quinn as Frank and MCO’s Artistic Director Nina Scott-Stoddart as Prince Orlovski! Our very own MCO Chorus will be dressed up and singing along as the enthusiastic party guests.

Adding to the fun will be the superb Rhapsody Quintet acting as the orchestra for the Lunenburg performance, thanks to a generous Canada Council grant.

The cast will perform the opera in English translation to make sure the audience doesn’t miss any of the fun.  Music Director Tara Scott will accompany the first three performances and will conduct the Rhapsody Quintet in the Lunenburg show.

MCO debuted in 2003 and has grown to become one of the most successful regional opera companies in the Maritimes, offering performance opportunities to many young singers from the Maritimes and away.

HOW TO BUY TICKETS


You can now buy your tickets for our upcoming fund raiser online at Eventbrite!

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Rhapsody Quintet

Just the kind of evening you need to look forward to as winter drags its weary way towards spring!!

Maritime Concert Opera invites you to A Night in Vienna with the Rhapsody Quintet on Friday, March 28th 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in St. John’s Anglican Church Hall, Lunenburg.

This gala evening is a fund-raising event for MCO’s June 2014 production of Die Fledermaus! There will be delicious appetizers, a cash bar and a silent auction. You’ll enjoy wonderful music, great food, cheerful company and you’ll help us raise funds to provide more delightful music in June when we perform Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.

MCO is delighted to welcome Rhapsody Quintet to our fund-raising evening. For more than 20 years Nova Scotia’s Rhapsody Quintet has thrilled and delighted audiences with its sparkling renditions of a wide range of music, including light classical, salon, musical theatre, jazz, tango, klezmer, movie music and more. Through their performances and recordings they have reached out across Canada and the world, performed for royalty, worked with school children and helped to raise funds for many deserving causes.

For catering purposes (this is really a concert with food and drink!) purchase your tickets early. We’d hate to run out of food for you.

Tickets $25 ($30 at the door) available from Shop on the Corner, Lunenburg; Kinburn Pharmasave, Mahone Bay; Strings n’Things, Bridgewater, or reserve before March 20 by calling 634-4280

You may also purchase tickets at Eventbrite


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Maritime Concert Opera would like to thank the taxpayers of Canada through the Canada Council for the Arts for their support of our Lunenburg performance of Die Fledermaus, on June 21, 2014.

This support means that we will be able to feature Nova Scotia’s wonderful Rhapsody Quintet as our “orchestra” for this one performance!

And join us on March 28 for more fun with Rhapsody as they entertain at our Night in Vienna fundraiser in Lunenburg.

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.