• Diane Beltoya will sing several arias at Crowell Library


    DianeBeltoyaSAN MARINO – Crowell Library has arranged Diane Beltoya, who sang a small part in the recent Pasadena City College production of The Magic Flute, to perform several arias from the opera. She will be accompanied by Tamara Cognetta on piano. This program is suited for adults and children.

    Packed with familiar melodies, stage magic and fantastical creatures, The Magic Flute has enchanted young and old alike for over two centuries. Mixing high comedy and serious drama, Mozart’s final operatic masterpiece extols the virtues of love, reason and human kinship. At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, an impressive cast of world-class young singers, under the masterful baton of James Conlon, will transport audiences into an enchanted world where good battles evil and light vanquishes darkness. A charming fairy tale that hints at deeper mysteries, The Magic Flute is a triumphant celebration of true love conquering all. It was first performed September 30, 1791, in Vienna.

    A community educator from LA Opera will have even more fascinating facts and musical excerpts on Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the Library’s Barth Community Room. The program is free and open to all opera aficionados and first timers. Opera is not just magnificent music, dance and theater with astounding sets on a beautiful stage; opera can sweep you away to foreign lands, take you back in time, dazzle you with pageantry and bring history to life. It is literature, social studies, cultural diversity, multiple languages and most of all, it is exciting! Come explore the world of opera which has something for everyone.

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