Taconic Opera brings immersive music straight to their audiences with their sing-along production of La Traviata.
Conducted by Musical Director Jun Nakabayashi, the orchestra and lead singers of Taconic Opera will perform a semi-staged production of La Traviata, and the chorus will be among the audience, who can, if they so choose, join with the chorus in song.
If last year’s sing-along production of Lucia di Lammermoor is any indication, this single-performance production is one not to miss!
The Play Group Stage
1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY
March 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm.
General Admission $33
Seniors $25, Students $15
For Tickets call 1-855-886-7372 or buy online at http://www.taconicopera.org
I got to sit down with Vittoria Gilda Miranda, the leading soprano in Taconic Opera’s upcoming La Traviata.
Name: Vittoria Gilda Miranda
Hometown: Montgomery, NY
What first sparked your interest in opera?
My father always played Opera on the highest volume possible throughout my house growing up. I remember trying to mimic Maria Callas singing Vissi d'arte from Puccini's Tosca. I believe I've been inspired ever since. Thank you dad.
What was the first opera you were in?
I covered the role of Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de perles by Bizet which led me sing my first full leading role as Norina in Don Pasquale by Donizetti.
Why do you think La Traviata is so popular with audiences and performers?
If you don't have the ears for opera, the story alone will grab you. This opera is a chef d'oeuvre! Guess you just have to watch and listen to believe me.
The lead role of Violetta Valery is sought after by many sopranos. What do you think sets Violetta apart?
Violetta? Okay, where do I begin to answer this question as short as possible. All sopranos seek this role because of the immense amount of drama within it! Or that’s why I did. Not that we don't get enough of that already in our daily lives, but this is a tainted love story of illness, secrets, change, sacrifice, and passion. For a singer, Violetta is set apart from the others because of Verdi. Being of his first operas, the vocal demands alone are meant for a different soprano each act. You may as well throw in a new voice box and heart after each act; this opera is equally demanding vocally as it is emotionally. A singer must remain on her toes with this one.
How did you prepare for this role?
I was lucky enough to have been able to prepare this role with one of the world’s greatest Violetta and Sopranos, Renata Scotto. I couldn't be more grateful to her and the universe to have had the amazing opportunity. Truly a blessing. I am also truly grateful to 'Arts WestChester' for allowing me to use their building and beautiful pianos, as I screeched and belted throughout their wonderful facility figuring out this opera!
What is it like to have a chorus that's the audience?
An Audience chorus? I love it. I want people to explore music in different ways. Why not be a part of the experience with me? I think even just to hold the music in your hands and hum along or read along is fantastic! Just promise not to count all my mistakes as your going along. Ha! Really though, live music is becoming more and more taboo today. I want people to love it and want to be a part of it! Having this whole idea in a smaller house adds even more to the experience. Driving the audience closer to the story and the intimacy of, well, everything. It’s not everyday people hold Verdi scores in their hands either.
What do you hope that audience members will walk away thinking?
I can only hope the audience can walk away with having felt something extraordinary, even for just a moment. And beyond everything, the urge to come back or listen again to more opera.
As someone who grew up in the Hudson Valley, where are your favorite places to go or things to do?
Being a Hudson Valley girl, my favorite place besides this tree that fell down after a storm and became my 'thinking of love' log at my parents house, would have to be Cold Spring. You can walk down main street and eat at Cathryn's Tuscan Grill, get their tiramisu, and then continue your walk to the bottom of the street. There is a walkway to go underneath the train tracks. It may seem bizarre, but once you come out the other side, there's a different feeling. A silence almost. I feel it every time I go; a peace. It's like a separate land almost and you can go look at the water and breathe the air. I imagine grand pianos in most of the windows of the homes alongside the water over there. But that’s just me.
Is there somewhere in particular that really inspires you? Where is it?
I’m inspired in libraries. And most definitely in libraries full of music scores. I always wished if I slid my fingers along every score and book, I’d be able to absorb the knowledge, ideas, and music instantly and go change the world. But, guessing till I figure out how to make that work, I’ll just start one score and book at a time for now. Instant inspiration is also going to any opera house or building full of pianos. It's like handing me dark chocolate or taking me to tiffany's. Yes, I find inspiration in food and little blue boxes. Don't you? Yes!
Finally, what's next for you?
Next? I will be building my repertoire with Mozart and some Baroque. I sure am feeling awfully 'German' this year too, so I shall see where that bubbling bubble takes me. I like to have faith in life. My life. What you think is next, never really is. The bubble always pops. I just constantly hope my driblets land in all the right spots! I hope to see you at my upcoming performance with the Taconic Opera. Thank you for all of your support of myself and the Arts. Thank you to Dan Montez, General Director of the Taconic Opera. He brings the Operas and our dreams to life.
Coloratura Soprano, Vittoria Gilda Miranda, has appeared in a variety of roles with Taconic Opera, including the title role Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Marie in La Fille du Regiment, Leila in Pearl Fishers, Norina in Don Pasquale, Elvira in Italian Girl in Algiers, and Nanetta in Falstaff. In addition to these leading roles, Ms. Miranda has performed in the masses of Cherubini, Faure, and Mozart and has sung the solos in performances of Gounod's Requiem and Handel's Messiah. Ms. Miranda regularly appears in concerts around the United States with Lifetime Collections and Legends.