SAVANNAH, GA – July 17, 2019 – Themed “Heaven and Earth” to celebrate the two realms in which we live, Savannah VOICE Festival’s impressive, seventh season, staged Aug. 3 – 25 in and around Savannah, will include the performance of four distinctive operas by the Savannah Opera Company: Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” Portman’s “The Little Prince,” Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci” accompanied by Ching’s “The Birthday Clown” and Lee Hoiby’s “Bon Appetit.”
“Wewere extremely proud to launch the Savannah Opera Companylast year and are positively thrilled with the unique array of operas the Company will be offering during our seventh season,” says Founder and Executive Director of The Savannah VOICE Festival, Maria Zouves. “From gripping to fanciful, tragedy to comedy to culinary enticements—you’re sure to be delighted with one or more of these fabulous Five!”
“Bon Appetit and Other Earthly Temptations” will be presented in two one-hour shows at 6 and 8 p.m. on Friday, August 9 at the Davenport House, 324 E. State Street. This hilarious culinary extravaganza taps into the wit and antics of one of America’s favorite television personalities, Julia Child in “Bon Appetit”, coupled with delicious songs about FOOD! Tickets are priced at $35 to include chocolate cake tasting. Zouves laughs, “Let them Eat Cake!”
Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book about a pilot and a Little Prince in the Sahara, these two unlikely friends experience lessons from the desert’s many creatures in this operatic version of “The Little Prince.” This community collaboration will be presented by the Savannah Opera Company. Performances of this 75-minute opera will be sung in English with supertitles and will be presented on Friday, August 16, 12:30 p.m. and on Sunday, August 18, 2:00 p.m., at the Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts, 649 W. Jones Street. As part of an Arts Immersion Camp and collaboration with Savannah-Chatham County Public School System’s (SCCPSS), Garrison School students will produce the show alongside the Savannah VOICE Festival team and Friday’s performance will have SCCPSS students in attendance, free of charge, as part of the Festival’s Education and Outreach initiative. Both performances are open to the public and attendees will be able to see a display in the lobby describing the process the students used to build the set and create their version of the timeless tale. Tickets are priced from $35-$45.
On Saturday, August 17 at 6 p.m., “Dialogues of the Carmelites” will be presented by Savannah Opera as part of the Festival at Asbury Memorial UMC, 1008 E. Henry St. This powerful, dramatic work tells a fictionalized version of the story of the Martyrs of Compiègne, Carmelite nuns who, in 1794, were executed in Paris for refusing to renounce their vocation during the French Revolution. This two-hour opera, led by famed opera stage director Fabrizio Melano, has two intermissions and is sung in English with supertitles. Tickets are priced from $35-$45.
On Wednesday, August 21, 7 p.m., Friday, August 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 25 at 2 p.m., at the Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts, 649 W. Jones St., audiences will be treated to double-feature performances of “I Pagliacci” and “The Birthday Clown.” A co-production with opera Orlando, “I Pagliacci,” tells the story of Canio’s troupe of commedia dell’arte who have come into town to entertain the village. However, Nedda’s restless spirit and dangerous liaisons lead to Tonio’s wrath and the troupe’s ill fate. This great work by Leoncavallo offers an earthly look at humanity, jealousy and revenge. Coupled with the famous work, Savannah Opera offers its third original commission as part of a collaboration between Savannah Classical Academy’s String Ensemble and the Savannah VOICE Festival entitled, “The Birthday Clown.” This opera is a lighthearted, 20-minute opera “short” written by Savannah VOICE Festival’s composer-in-residence, Michael Ching, about a struggling magician and the life he laments. Tickets for the double bill premiere event are priced from $43-$53.
“Presenting ‘I Pagliacci’ together with ‘The Birthday Clown’ presents a marvelous ‘mix-up’ of heartbreaking tragedy with clever comic relief. A ‘perfect storm,’ if you will, of tears and laughter for a grand finale of our seventh season!” enthuses Zouves.
For more information about the Savannah VOICE Festival and the Savannah Opera Company and to see a full lineup of all concerts, performances, operas, master classes and other events and to purchase tickets, visit www.savannahvoicefestival.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org call 855.76.OPERA (855.766.7273).