"Pure young voices, trained to mature dramatic expressiveness..."

By Gerald Carpenter, Noozhawk Contributing Writer |

Wow! Paisiello's Barber of Seville and Salieri's Falstaff on the same program, rescuing them from the shadows cast by Rossini, Verdi and Nicolai. The Paisiello I know quite well, and it's a lovely work; the Salieri I had never heard of. This should be interesting.

With more than 400 performances around the world since its premiere, Mechem's Tartuffe may well be the most popular opera ever written by a composer born in the United States. After we hear "Fair Robin I Love," you will not be puzzled by the work's popularity.

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