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- How you know her: Marianne is one of the world’s leading Verdi mezzo-sopranos, but you might have seen her around town, too—she’s a Butler County native.
- Where she’s performed: the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Royal Opera, and many other renowned venues across the globe
- Memorable roles: As Amneris in Verdi’s Aida, Eboli in Don Carlos, and the witch in Hansel and Gretel
- Recent milestone: In November 2015, Marianne presented her tenth-anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall.
- Respighi—The Fountains of Rome: Respighi was not born in Rome, but was so affected by his adoptive home that his three best-known works are dedicated to the city and every dog he had was named Caesar. The four parts of this meditation correspond to the times of day the composer thought each fountain was best experienced.
- Verdi—La forza del destino Overture: When audiences received this four-act opera with less fanfare than he’d hoped, Verdi returned to the drawing board to broaden its appeal. As well as an off-stage duel and the decision use instruments instead of crying babies, the changes included an epic overture that brought together many of the opera’s melodies.
- Wagner—Tannhäuser Overture: Slow, sweeping watercolors of sound give way to shimmering strings and sprightly horns in the opening to this mid-period opera. The overture echoes the emotional juxtaposition of the plot, which sees Tannhäuser making a spiritually arduous attempt to break free of the goddess Venus after she kidnaps him into a life of excess.
- Also on the Program: Berlioz’s La Mort de Cléopâtre | Verdi’s “Condotta ell’era in ceppi” from Il Trovotore | Puccini’s Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut | Saint-Saëns’ “Mon couer s’ouvre a ta voix” from Samson et Dalila