Featuring Ash Lawn Opera alumna Kathryn Leemhuis (Carousel)
Ash Lawn Opera invites you to a special excursion to see Richmond Symphony perform Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet, presented at 3 pm on Sunday, November 13 at the Carpenter Theatre in downtown Richmond. Kathryn Leemhuis, who received rave reviews as Carrie in Ash Lawn Opera’s Carousel (2013), will be featured as the mezzo-soprano soloist.
Ash Lawn Opera has arranged for discount tickets to the performance, as well as a bus to bring us to Richmond and lunch at Bistro 27 before the matinee. Prices and details about the trip are below.
Want to know more about Berlioz’s work? Read Richmond Symphony’s program notes for the performance here.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
11 am: Meet downtown to leave for Richmond
Noon: Lunch at Bistro 27
2:30 pm: Walk 10 minutes or short bus ride to Carpenter Theatre
3 pm: Concert begins
Excursion price: $120 per person
Space on the bus and at lunch is very limited, and will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.
About Kathryn Leemhuis, mezzo-soprano
American mezzo-soprano Kathryn Leemhuis has been praised for having “a large, beautiful, dark instrument, intelligently used, and spot-on dramatic timing” (St. Louis Today), and her voice has been described as “stunning in its combination of musical and dramatic nuance” (Living at the Opera). Most recently, she made her company debuts with Dallas Opera as Javotte in Massenet’sManon, with Cincinnati Opera as Inez in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, and as the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Leemhuis returned to DuPage Opera to perform Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and to the Tanglewood Music Festival as Paquette in Bernstein’s Candidewith the Boston Symphony Orchestra, both following a triumphant run as Dorabella with Fort Worth Opera. The Dallas Morning News hailed her performance as “ravishing,” adding that, “her sheer vocal beauty allied to nimbleness and an astonishing range of dynamic and coloristic nuance.”
Ms. Leemhuis has appeared as Carrie in Ash Lawn Opera’s 2013 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, Florence Pike in Britten’s Albert Herring with Florentine Opera, Suzuki in DuPage Opera’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and Hänsel in Humperdinck’sHänsel und Gretel with the Macon Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Leemhuis has performed multiple times with the Richmond Symphony, most recently to present Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été.
Romeo and Juliet Artwork by Bizhan Khodabandeh