The lovely melody of Donizetti’s Overture from Opera buffa “Don Pasquale” opens this concert which also presents four other opera excerpts. This is a concert in which the many facets of human emotions are blatantly on display. In his last work, “Falstaff”, Verdi presented the notorious huge man Falstaff in a humorous light. In act four of “Carmen”, we see the gypsy heroine willing to die for love, and how the officer Don Jose fell from grace in the name of love. The murder outside of the bull fighting ring is highlighted by the tension in the music. The excerpt from Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” is simple yet moving. Angelica is forced to become a nun after giving birth to a son out of wedlock. She kills herself in grief seven years later when she learns that her son has fallen ill and passed away. Strauss’ “Salome” aims to shock and surprise the audience from the dance of the seven veils to the very end of the opera. We invite you to come and enjoy a night of drama and music.