Bach's Opera

April 21 • 7:30 PM


Bach is known for writing some of the greatest music ever penned, including over 200 cantatas. He never wrote an opera, but in several of his secular cantatas he came close.

O.N.E. presents two of Bach's sacred cantatas (Nos. 84 and 158) and his very secular and late "Peasant Cantata" (which celebrates food, drink, and dancing, complains about taxes, makes an unblinking reference to a roll in the hay, and otherwise toasts the new lord of the land, Carl Heinrich von Dieskau, 1742).

Soprano Leah Brzyski and baritone Bryan Murray from the Yale Opera program sing.

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Program Notes

The first half of the concert will feature two short sacred cantatas by J.S. Bach, both sung in the original German. Cantata No. 84 for soprano is on the subject of being content with one's good fortune and gives the oboe attractive lyrical work. Cantata No. 158 for baritone is a benediction on "peace be with you" and features the flute in charmingly decorative lines. The second half (sung in English) presents Bach's very secular and late "Peasant Cantata" (which celebrates food, drink, and dancing, complains about taxes, makes an unblinking reference to a roll in the hay, and otherwise toasts the new lord of the land, Carl Heinrich von Dieskau, 1742). Our vocal soloists are soprano Leah Brzyski and baritone Bryan Murray or the Yale Opera studio.

Leah Brzyski, soprano

Soprano, Leah Brzyski has performed as a soloist with esteemed companies including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Grand Rapids. Brzyski has also had lead roles with the Michigan State University Opera Theater including that of Despina in Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte and Atalanta in Handel’s Xerxes. She was recently seen in the role of Königin der Nacht in Yale Opera Theater’s production of Die Zauberflöte and as an apprentice artist with Charlottesville Opera. Upcoming engagements include the roles of Sandmänn-chen and Taumännchen in Yale Opera’s Hänsel und Gretel and as a festival artist with Utah Festival Opera.

Bryan Murray, baritone

Baritone, Bryan Murray, is currently pursuing a Master of Musical Arts degree in Opera performance at Yale University’s School of Music. Bryan is excited to be a recipient of the Berlin Opera Foundation Scholarship to join Deutsche Oper Berlin in their 2018−19 season. Bryan has appeared as Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Smirnov in William Walton’s The Bear with Yale Opera; John Proctor in Robert Ward’s The Crucible, Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Father in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with Purchase Opera; and the Consul in Pier Francesco Cavalli’s Eliogabalo with Stony Brook Opera. Following the production of the The Crucible, Bryan recorded John Proctor in Albany Records’ new CD recording of The Crucible, released in January, 2017.

Unitarian Society of New Haven

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Reserved Seating  -  $35
General Admission  -  $20
Student  -    $5

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