Arias and Barcarolles

A production of  
  

Massenet's Tribute to Venice

On the Program:

Charles Gounod: Venise
Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor; Graham Johnson, piano

Jules Massenet: Souvenir de Venise
Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor; Graham Johnson, piano

Reynaldo Hahn: Venezia: Chansons en Dialecte Vénitien (Songs in the Venetian Dialect)
Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor; Graham Johnson, piano with Felicity Lott, soprano and Richard Jackson, baritone

(photo of Jules Massenet via Wikimedia Commons)
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ABOUT ARIAS AND BARCAROLLES

“You know, I liked that last piece you played; it's got a theme. I like music with a theme, not all them arias and barcarolles.”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, speaking to Leonard Bernstein after a White House concert in 1960



Leonard Bernstein was so taken by President Eisenhower’s remark that 30 years later, he produced a song-cycle called "Arias and Barcarolles," with a theme Bernstein described as “The politics of love.”

Similarly inspired, Cathy Fuller lends her voice to the weekend with a program devoted to an exploration of song - and the art of the vocal recital. Perhaps with a Barcarolle or two!

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