Message from Our General Director

Message from NCO General Director Eric Mitchko:

Camille Saint-Saëns was a prolific composer with a very long career.  He gave his first performances in 1840 when he was just five years old, and he composed his last songs and chamber works in 1921, in, remarkably, his ninth decade as a musician before the public.  Samson et Dalila, his opera of 1877, contains some of his best-known music, including Dalila’s great aria “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix,” and the unforgettable Bacchanale.  One of the things I like best about the opera is the composer’s amazing way of setting the mood.  The atmosphere of the solemn prayer of thanksgiving in Act I, scene 2 is just right, and during the beginning of the seduction scene you can practically feel the warm Mediterranean breezes blowing as Dalila prepares her seduction.

Samson et Dalila has glorious music but precious little stage action, so we are presenting this opera in concert format, as the composer originally intended.  We are thrilled to welcome Timothy Myers back to the NCO podium for this performance.  He is joined by a superb cast, including Michaela Martens (our Fricka in 2016’s Das Rheingold), Carl Tanner, and Mark Delavan.  I hope we will see you there on April 29th!

We are tremendously excited about the 2018-2019 season.  It features a Triangle premiere in Bellini’s Norma, and two great favorites in Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s Tosca.  Plus we welcome in recital one of the loveliest singers of recent years at the Metropolitan Opera, soprano Hei-Kyung Hong, who gives a rare recital on March 3, 2019.  Subscriptions are available here, please join us for the entire season!

We strive to bring the most interesting and entertaining musical evenings to you.  Thank you for your patronage and continued support!

Eric Mitchko