Sunday, January 31, 2021 - 3:00pm
1707 16th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960
SIBELIUS The Oceanides
ELGAR Sea Pictures
RACHMANINOFF Isle of the Dead
DEBUSSY La mer
Eliza Dopira, soprano
Is there a composer more closely associated with water, or more expressive in describing it, than Claude Debussy? Debussy returned to the sea again and again in songs and descriptive works for orchestra. Debussy’s La mer demonstrates that the Impressionist movement was not limited to paintings; his soft musical brushstrokes create imaginative and incredible sketches of the sea. Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead depicts the ghostly ferryman of Greek mythology rowing the souls of the departed to judgment. A remarkable work of the late Romantic era, it is a richly orchestrated jewel that evokes mystery and reverence. Soprano, Eliza Dopira joins the orchestra to sing Elgar’s evocative song cycle, Sea Pictures, based on poems evoking fear and fascination with the sea.
Eliza Dopira has been praised for her “vibrant tone” (Cecilia Porter, Washington Post) as well as her “thoughtful phrasing” and “shining work” (Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun). Eliza has appeared as a soloist with Brevard Community Chorus and she is no stranger to the King Center Stage. Eliza has also performed as a soloist with The Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Space Coast Symphony. Ms. Dopira has performed several operatic roles with Sarasota Opera, Baltimore Opera, Washington Summer Opera, and Lake George Opera. An accomplished concert artist, Ms. Dopira was chosen to premiere The Suite from Sophie's Choice by Nicholas Maw at Peabody Conservatory's Grand Reopening Celebration. She has performed Ravel's "Chanson Madécasses" with members of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC to sold-out crowds. Other concert appearances include the Beethoven 9th with the River Cities Symphony, Mahler Symphony No. 3 with Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Ravel's Shéherézade with the Peabody Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Mozart and Duruflé Requiems and Handel’s Messiah.
Ms. Dopira is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory, where she earned a Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera in the studio of Phyllis Bryn-Julson, as well as a Master’s Degree in Voice. A native of Melbourne, Florida, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Florida State University in the studio of Yvonne Ciannella. Eliza serves as a full time Instructor of Music at Florida Institute of Technology.