From Columbia, SC where we just presented LA BOHEME at the Koger Center 2 days ago...our presenter was The Palmetto Opera. Here are the comments from Kathy Newman, chairman of the Palmetto Opera:
Tearo Lirico D'Europa has done it again! Another BIG success for Palmetto Opera and opera lovers in South Carolina. LA BOHEME was a stunning performance thanks to Giorgio, Lalov, Teatro Lirico's superb artistic director! The pairing of the incredible voices of tenor, Simon Kyung Lee (Rodolfo) and Soprano, Olga Orllovskaya (Mimi) was sensational. The supporting great soloists of Teatro Lirico rounded out the amazing cast. Conductor, Krassimir Topolov was as usual, excellent. The packed house and continuous standing ovation made it clear that Saturday night was a night to be remembered. Thank you!
Chairman of Palmetto Opera
The performance (A Tribute To Pavarotti) was fantastic! I have heard nothing but rave reviews. As usual, thank you and Giorgio for all that you do for us.
Director of Operations, Daytona Beach Symphony Society
We just got back from the after-reception for A TRIBUTE TO PAVAROTTI during which we got a great encore from "the three tenors."
It was a great program! And the crowd went crazy…what a terrific way to end the season! We were totally surprised by the appearance of "Pavarotti" himself, and he looked incredibly like The Man and sounded so similar too. That was a totally unexpected bonus which we appreciated e'er so much!
Fabian Robles was wonderful–what a beautiful, consistent, lovely sound–truly bel canto. He will always be welcome here. I believe he said he was here last year. And Orlovskaya was gorgeous, in voice, beauty, and grace as an actress. She is a real winner!
This program went over so well. Giorgio and Dallas were talking about another similar program, maybe year after next, starting with Broadway songs, then operetta, then going to grand opera I think (I didn't hear the whole conversation). We look forward to Aida of course, but also another something like this!
Thanks to you and Giorgio for sending this to us! It was totally appreciated!
Nancy and Dallas
Daytona Beach Symphony Society
From Opera to Broadway was awesome! Please send me the routing information for CARMEN and AIDA in winter 2016.
Joyce Maddox, Operations Manager
Miramar Cultural Center, Miramar, FL
LA BOHEME: "Mimi!" The moment Rodolfo shouted out, anguished and painful - moved the audiences feelings to great tears. When the curtain came down, the audience responded with a long standing ovation.
It was the first time a full scale opera was presented at The Pickwick Theatre as well as for Korean Community. Teatro Lirico D'Europa (Lyric Theatre of Europe) showed tradition, full throated, emotional performance with a great international cast, orchestra and chorus including a children's chorus.
The main cast was exceptionally great. Rodolfo (Korean Tenor Simon Lee) sang with vibrato and high notes reminding one of Jusse Bjorling (One of the great tenors in the 20 century) and made a great appearance on the stage. Mimi, soprano Olga Orlovskaya sang very dramatically with great breath control. Rodolfo and Mimi tell the story of a heart breaking romance. The other couple presented a wit seasoned with a sense of humor. Soprano Stanislava Ivanova and baritone Dobromir Momekov showed great vocal skill.
Previously most events in the Chicago Korean Community have been only popular music and some classical concerts but did not arrive to show the great elegance and high culture of the classical field, but this La Boheme brought a magical evening, and officially presented for the first time, a full scale production of opera performed with a stunning response from audience. Hope to see many more of Teatro Lirico D'Europa's productions in the future!
Korea Daily News, Chicago
It (LA BOHEME) was simply magnificent!! Thank you Giorgio Lalov for making it possible to put a full scale opera in our community for the first time. Many of the audience said that they didn't believe this was possible and they were very happy. We look forward to seeing you next year!
Grace IM, GM and Event Director
Pickwick Theatre, Park Ridge, Illinois
A splendid performance of LA BOHEME this evening at the Arcada Theatre...an opera written in the 1800s and still incredibly relevant in 2015! Really, this international presentation of LA BOHEME will rival any other show we have had here at The Arcada...INCREDIBLE! See you next season. Bravo!
Ron Onesti, President
Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, Illinois
Center Stage: Bravo to this magical performance
Community Concerts' second successful program following the dazzling opening concert of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman on Jan. 16 was a sparkling performance of Puccini's opera La Boheme performed by Teatro Lirico D'Europa. For those of you who might not be aware of this unique opera company, here are some background notes. Teatro Lirico D'Europa was created in 1988 by the late Yves Josse, a former ballet divo and brilliant French arts promoter, and Giorgio Lalov, a young Bulgarian opera singer who made his debut at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, at age 25 while participating in Scala's famous international training for young singers. The collaboration between Josse and Lalov was a huge success in a very short time, resulting in tours with over 250 performances a season throughout France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Sicily and Portugal at 180 different venues.
Lalov created the sets and costumes for the productions and organized the chorus and orchestra in Bulgaria, central Europe and the United States. Josse booked the performances from his office in Paris.
From the beginning the company established itself as highly competent, and the unusual multinational chemistry proved to be very popular. Teatro Lirico D'Europa has now completed over 4,000 performances worldwide, including 14 consecutive seasons in the USA. This is the opera company's 15th season in the US with performances of La Boheme, Carmen and concert performances of great moments in Italian opera from Broadway to opera. Bottom line this is a small but mighty opera company. The company of La Boheme was true to form with an international cast: I cannot even imagine what rehearsals are like with an international cast like that. Puccini's great opera about talented, broke, starving and dying French artists in 1840s Paris, the opera is still and always will be a paean of amour. Puccini writes love in terms of music that touches and sometimes breaks your heart.
The singing was wonderful, it all worked, making the Community Concerts' version of La Boheme as magical as ever. Nothing can ever top the incredible Puccini score, which always works its enchantment on me; and though it was the very first opera I ever viewed at the Old Metropolitan Opera House at age 8, I wept then as I did last Wednesday night. As a matter of fact, the waterworks start every time (and there have been many) I get to hear this incredible music.
The orchestra and its conductor played richly and fully, the leading artists were quite wonderful as was the singing chorus; as a matter of fact the entire production was an affirmation of the reviews this terrific company receives; which state that this is a highly competent company, and the unusual multinational operatic talent along with the chemistry of this talented company has proven to be extremely popular with audiences, both European and American.
If last week's performance of La Boheme was any example, our Fort Myers audience gave Teatro Lirico D'Europa a four-star standing ovation, to which I can only add Bravo! Yeah! and Hip-Hip Hurray!
Marsha Wagner, Island Reporter
Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander
The audience cheered the performance of the cast of La Boheme last night at the Marina Civic Center. I saw several folks with tears in their eyes after the final scene–ample testimony of the compelling acting ability of the principal performers. Cheers to Simon Kyung (Rudolfo), Olga Orlovskaya )Mimi) and Stanislava Ivanova (Musetta) for their powerful vocal performances. As I remarked to the gathering at the post opera reception, their voices rank along with the best that can be heard at the most prestigious opera houses in the world. Our gratitude to Teatro Lirico for bringing this wonderful production to Panama City.
Bob Borich, Talent Chairman
Panama City (FL) Music Association
Milt Russos said it (LA BOHEME) was great! He felt the voices were some of the best he has ever heard at the opera and really enjoyed the show. He also said Georgio's lecture was very engaging and entertaining. Thank you for another wonderful show!
Moran Theatre, Jacksonville, FL
LA BOHEME was excellent! The company was terrific, talented and professional. Let's do another show next season.
Penny Watkins, GM
Marshall Artist Series, Huntington, West VA
It (LA BOHEME) was wonderful! Our audience loved it! One of the best you've brought us, and that's saying something. We're looking forward to next season (AIDA) already.
Mary Lee Mann
Ft. Myers Community Concerts, Fort Myers, FL
The show (LA BOHEME) was awesome…well attended, the audience loved it.
Joyce Maddox, Operations Manager
Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark
City of Miramar Cultural Affairs Dept., Miramar, FL
CARMEN was absolutely fabulous.! Carmen herself (Viara Zhelezova) was terrific, and of course, I am in love with Giorgio Lalov. What's next?
Deborah Smith, GM
Newberry Opera House
"Great Moments in Italian Opera" last Saturday night was a marvelous hit! The soaring, beautiful voices were spine-tingling, the selection of world-famous arias was perfect, the often light-hearted fashion of your performers and the humor of our Master of Ceremonies (the wonderful Giorgio Lalov) made the crowd laugh. The conducting of Maestro Gregory Ortega was masterful! We ended the evening with resounding applause and standing ovations. The graciousness of your singers at our Meet The Cast party afterwards was another hit. The floor show approach was perfect for the ardent opera fan and novices dipping their toes in the water. I am still receiving calls from people expressing appreciation for giving them such a magical evening. We love working with you and Giorgio!"
Kathy Newman, Chair
Opera Palmetto - Columbia, SC
LA BOHEME was WONDERFUL! A great crowd. Thank you for everything!
Faith Wilson, Executive Director