In his first season as Music Director, Roberto Kalb brings the Detroit Opera Orchestra onstage for a concert featuring superstar singers Detroit Opera Associate Artistic Director soprano Christine Goerke, baritone Rod Gilfry, tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz, soprano Mané Galoyan, countertenor Key’mon Murrah, and Detroit Opera’s Resident Artists. Opening with Shostakovich’s spirited Festive Overture and ending with Bernstein’s iconic “Tonight” from West Side Story, this multi-faceted concert celebrates some of the best-loved works from Verdi to Puccini to Mozart, as well as from modern composers.
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“A new, more accessible, future for that most highbrow of art forms — the opera — has now begun in Detroit, with Roberto Kalb at the helm of Detroit Opera.” —Detroit Free Press, February 2023
“Roberto Kalb exerted complete mastery in his clear and concise conducting, which inspired superior music-making from his cast and orchestra…. He was also a sensitive and conscientious partner to the singers on stage, cuing them tirelessly through the knottier passages, and evoking meaningful musics-dramatic commentary with a skillful baton technique.” —Opera Today, June 2022
“Detroit Opera Associate Artistic Director Christine Goerke, a world-renowned interpreter of Wagner, soared in the role of Brünnhilde, delivering triumph to tragedy with her epic soprano.” —Detroit Free Press, September 2022
“Christine Goerke does not slice through Strauss’s orchestra … but envelops it with a magnificent flood of golden sound… Even clips of performances such as this [Elektra] shortchange the impact of such vocal opulence: you just have to be there.” —Opera Today, November 2022
“American countertenor Key’mon W. Murrah was a revelation… With resplendent, voluptuous tone throughout his enormous range and phrasing with the feel of fine silk, Murrah was commanding and sultry… Murrah’s mature artistry was on display from his first breathtaking aria, the beloved ‘Ombra mai fu,’ to his final ‘Crude furie,’ a virtuoso cry of phenomenal power.” —Opera News, June 2023
“Radiant as dewy Gilda in her first throes of love, heavenly as a daughter disgraced, and positively stoic as martyr, soprano Mané Galoyan possesses a crystalline voice that cuts through any orchestral texture… She can float incandescent pianissimos then belt with Verdian thunder. You always knew where she was on stage, just follow that distinct, clear voice.” —Houston Press, October 2019
“Arturo Chacón-Cruz has the heroic ring and fearless defiance for Cavaradossi. His robust tenor is replete with Italianate squillo. He vaulted ‘Recondita armonia’ through the house in a manner that commanded listeners to sit up and take notice. He could also sing softly to beguiling effect.” —South Florida Classical Review, March 2023
“[Rod] Gilfry sings every phrase with crisp diction and dramatic point, delivering phrases with virile energy, sudden bluster, or, during vulnerable moments, an aching confusion that takes you by surprise. He is becoming the singer of choice for new American operas…” —New York Times, September 2016