Sunday, January 21, 2024 - 3:00pm
520 Royal Palm Blvd, Vero Beach, FL 32960
OFFENBACH Belle nuit from Contes d’Hoffmann (Life is Beautiful, 1997)
SAINT SAENS Mon coeur s’ouvre from Samson et Delilah (The Aftermath, 2018)
PUCCINI O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schichi (Room with a View, 1985)
BELLINI Casta diva from Norma (Midsummers Night Dream, 1999)
MOZART Letter Duet from Le Nozze di Figaro (Shawshank Redemption, 1994)
DVORAK Song to the moon from Rusalka (Driving Miss Daisy, 1989)
VERDI Sempre Libera from La Traviata (Pretty Woman, 1990)
BIZET Habanera from Carmen (Up, 2009)
PUCCINI Vissi d'arte from Tosca (Quantum of Solace, 2008)
PUCCINI Un bel di from Madama Butterfly (The American, 2010)
GIORDANO La mamma morta from Andrea Chenier (Philadelphia, 1993)
DONIZETTI Lucia mad scene from Lucia di Lammermoor (The Fifth Element, 1997)
WAGNER Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, 2013)
TOBIE Ebben ne andro lontano from La Wally (Diva, 1981)
DELIBES Flower Duet from Lakme (Sex and the City, 2008)
Mary Anne Kruger, soprano
Amy Cofield, soprano
“I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I like to think they were singing about something so beautiful it can’t be expressed in words and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away. And for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.” That is how “Red” (Morgan Freeman) described the letter duet from The Marriage of Figaro being broadcast into the prison yard in The Shawshank Redemption. And now, once again, international opera divas Amy Cofield and Mary Anne Kruger come together to present a program of glorious operatic works. This time, the program features operatic arias and duets used in movies. If the music sounds familiar, it is because you have heard it before! The truth is that Hollywood loves the beauty, the drama, the poignancy, and the intensity of opera and has used operatic music for the atmosphere of movies for almost as long as film has had sound. So grab a bag of popcorn and remember how the music made you feel as it floated from the silver screen.
"Hollywood Loves Opera" is FREE, with a suggested donation of $25. Tickets are not required and it is first come, first serve.
Soprano, Amy Cofield, is a highly sought-after performer and teacher. Praised by the New York Times for her "lovely, rich tone," Ms. Cofield has performed to critical acclaim across the U.S. and in Italy, France, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, England, Santo Domingo, Guam, Taiwan and Japan. Highly regarded for her technical facility, beauty of interpretation and an arresting presence, her operatic roles have included Minnie (Girl of the Golden West), Violetta, Cleopatra, Micaela, Lucia di Lammermoor, Elcia (Rossini’s Moses in Egypt), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Mimi, Rosalinda, Cunegonde, Susannah, Musetta, Pamina, Adina, Gilda, Norina, Konstanze, and Belinda in the opera/oratorio, The Rape of the Lock (Alexander Pope), by NY composer Deborah Mason. Credits include performances with Houston Grand Opera where she covered Renee Fleming’s Traviata, New York City Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Lyric Opera San Antonio, Pro Cantus Lyric Opera (TX), Indiana Opera North, Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, Teatro Lirico D'Europa, Knoxville Opera, Nevada Opera, Greensboro Light Opera, Opera Roanoke and Opera Orlando.
In concert repertoire, Ms. Cofield has appeared with Festival Chamber Music in recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and with The Masterwork Chorus (NJ) at Carnegie Hall, the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, Tucson Masterworks Chorale, Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society, Garden State Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Virginia Arts Festival, Norfolk Chamber Consort, Opera Camerata of Washington, Washington and Lee University, Tulsa Symphony, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Community Chorus, Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Space Coast Symphony Orchestra.
Amy’s recent performances included solos with Space Coast Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah and the debut of Christopher Marshall’s Cançó del Mar, Brevard Symphony Orchestra for their Sounds of the Season annual holiday concert, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra for Mozart’s Requiem, Opera Roanoke for Verdi’s Requiem, Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra for Brahms’ Requiem and Brevard Community Chorus and Orchestra for Poulenc’s Gloria, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. This season she will return to Roanoke Symphony for Handel’s Messiah and will perform recitals and concerts throughout the Space Coast of Florida.
American soprano Mary Anne Kruger graduated with a Master of Music degree from Indiana University where she studied voice with world-renowned voice teacher Margaret Harshaw. She then went to Germany where she established an impressive repertoire of over 40 major operatic and concert roles. Her repertoire spans in vocal range from Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) to Salome, and in stylistic range from Poppea (L’Incornazione di Poppea) to Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), as well as some world and German premieres. Among innumerable accolades, Opernwelt called her Contessa (“Le Nozze di Figaro”) “dazzling”, and Orfeus International declared her Salome to be “worthy of the greatest houses.” She built her repertoire primarily as a member of the Hessisches Staatstheater Darmstadt, but she has performed in over 20 European theaters including the Bayerische Staatsoper- Nationaltheater in Munich, Staatstheater Stuttgart, the Latvian National Opera and Theater Basel.
Her prizes include a nomination in the category “Best Singer” in the Opernwelt Jahrbuch for her portrayal of Alcina. She was awarded the role of Donna Elvira in the Don Giovanni production at the Athens Concert Hall directed by Ruggiero Raimondi and conducted by Gustav Kühn. The “Sonderpreis der Wiener Staats-und Volksoper” at the Belvedere Competition secured for her a performance as Hanna Glawari (Die Lustige Witwe) at the Wiener Volksoper. She was also awarded a DAAD scholarship (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdient) to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. She currently lives in Satellite Beach with her husband and two dogs.