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Stephen Lord, Artistic Advisor of NEC's opera studies program, conducts Christoph Willibald Gluck's opera Orfeo ed Euridice in Jordan Hall. Based on the myth of Orpheus, set to a libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi this production features the NEC Philharmonia and a student cast led by singers in the Artist Diploma program, stage directed by Opera Studies Chair Joshua Major.
Orfeo Jaime Korkos
Euridice Hae Ji Chang
Cupid Soyoung Park
The opera follows Orpheus, granted permission by Cupid, into the Underworld to retrieve his beloved Euridice. Though originally set to an Italian libretto, Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice owes much to the genre of French opera, especially its use of recitative or the rhythms of ordinary speech. Orfeo marks a shift away from the baroque style of Opera Seria toward a new style that focuses on the story at hand instead of elaborate staging.
Mezzo-soprano Jaime Korkos '11 G.D., '13 A.D. (Orfeo) is a student of Luretta Bybee. During her previous studies at NEC, Korkos sang the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (in photo) and the title role of La Périchole, as well as the solo part in Mahler's Symphony No. 3. Immediately before returning to NEC for the Artist Diploma, she participated in the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, which allowed her to perform in four operas in a two-month span.
Soprano Hae Ji Chang '12 A.D. (Euridice) studies with Lorraine Nubar. At NEC, she has previous sung Pamina in The Magic Flute (in photo). During the 2011–12 season, Chang covered Giannetta from L'elisir d'Amore at New York City Opera in March and Mélisande from Pelléas et Mélisande at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in June. She was cast as Giulietta in Opera Boston's 2012 production of Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montechhi—a production that unfortunately never took place, due to the closing of Opera Boston at the end of 2011. Chang is enrolled as of fall 2012 in the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera, and returns to NEC for tonight's performance.
Soprano Soyoung Park '12 M.M., '14 A.D. (Cupid) studies with Lorraine Nubar. At Aspen in 2012, when she reprised her showcase role from NEC's 2011 production of Mozart's The Magic Flute, Park "delivered a relentless, forceful and blazingly sung Queen of the Night," according to MusicWeb's eyewitness. Park has also appeared at NEC in the 2012 Boston premiere of Benjamin Britten's Paul Bunyan.
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