Opera Connecticut returns to Hill-Stead’s Sunken Garden with its cadre of talented sopranos, tenors, mezzos, and basses, for an evening of favorite selections from operas old and new. There will be opera arias, a Mozart duet, Chinese songs, some Zarzuela presentations, and a treat from the world of classical music theatre. You will not want to miss it!
Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic.
6 pm Gates open
6:30 pm Performance begins
Rain Date: No rain date, the performance will be moved inside in the event of rain.
Tickets | $25 per person
Seating is limited and we strongly advise attendees to purchase tickets in advance. Any available tickets sold at the gate will be by credit card only. Tickets to benefit Opera CT and HSM.
About the Performers
Nadia’s operatic roles include Musetta in La Boheme, Mrs. Fiorentino in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Juliette in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette. She was recently seen as Star in the opera Starsong, with music by Elliot Yokum and Libretto by Sarah Barker in the production of Folxtales, by Hartford Opera Theater. In addition to her broad operatic repertoire, Nadia also has an extensive oratorio list. In 2019, she was the winner of the first prize in the Concerto Competition at the University of Connecticut and in 2016 she won first prize in the American Opera Idol Competition hosted by Opera Connecticut. Ms. Aguilar earned her bachelor’s degree from The Hartt School, a master’s degree at the University of Connecticut and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Musical Arts at the same university, where she holds a Graduate Assistantship.
Award-winning artist Chai-lun Yueh, an exciting and dramatic baritone with a rich and powerful voice, a music director and voice educator, first Chinese born classical musician received the preliminary nomination of the Grammy Awards with the CD single of “Letter from Italy, 1944”, by American composer Sarah Meneely-Kyder. Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, New England Region, finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition and The American Prize in Vocal Performance, and a Grant recipient of The New York Women Composers.
Recent released CD album of “24 Italian Songs and Arias”, has won The Prestige Music Award of Gold in 2012 and The Global Music Awards (Award of Excellence, Male vocal, classical) in 2013. CD album of “Infinite Time”, a collection of the best well-known Chinese art songs from the early-mid 20th centuries, also received Gold Award from The Prestige Music Awards in 2013.
After graduating from the Central Conservatory of Music of China with the highest honor, Mr. Yueh received his Artist Diploma and Master of Music degrees from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. He continued his advanced studies with Mrs. Marlena Malas, one of the greatest voice professors in the nation, at The Julliard School and Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
Over the last two decades, Mr. Yueh worked closely with many distinguished artists, directors and conductors such as Sir. Yehudi Menuhin, Gino Bechi, Sherrill Milnes, Nancy Milnes, Anton Guadagno, Benton Hess and Yves Abel. He has successfully portrayed in leading operatic roles such as Tonio, Rigoletto, Giorgio Germont, Escamillo, Figaro, Marcello, Sharpless, Valentine, Scarpia, and Count Almaviva. His voice has been heard at The National Opera of China, Beijing, Austin Lyric Opera, Baltimore Opera, Connecticut Opera, Hawaii Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut and among many others.
Singing great classical repertoire such as Verdi, Brahms, Mozart, Faure, and Duruflé Requiems, many Bach cantatas, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and numerous performances of Handel’s Messiah, Mr. Yueh has often performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Chicago Symphony Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, The Strathmore Music Hall in Washington DC, Jordan Hall in Boston, Woolsey Hall at Yale University. Mr. Yueh has also performed in Europe including Vienna, Salzburg, Paris and Prague.
Mr. Yueh is a full member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and The National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and he has been teaching voice at Wesleyan University and Trinity College; Serving as Chairman of the Concert Committee and Board of Director with CONCORA, Connecticut’s premier professional choir; Music Director of Connecticut Women’s Chorale; Artistic Director of Kang Hua Singers of Greater Hartford. He has been actively giving Vocal Recitals, Master Classes and Vocal Workshops in the United States and China including Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Boston, Seattle, Phoenix, Houston, Ningbo, Shanghai and Beijing.
Doris Lang Kosloff
Doris Lang Kosloff, a native of Brooklyn, New York, has held many prominent positions in the field of opera. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Queens College (The Aaron Copland School of Music) of the City University of New York, and holds a Master of Music degree from the Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts, and was graduated first in her class.
In November, 2005, Doris Lang Kosloff was appointed ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of OPERA CONNECTICUT (formerly Connecticut Concert Opera). She has served as the Executive Director of the Hartford Conservatory (the nation’s oldest community music school), the Artistic Director and Managing Director of the Connecticut Opera and the Waterbury Opera Theatre. In July, 2022, Maestro Kosloff was appointed Principal Conductor of Lyric Opera of Orange County, where she is thrilled to participate in new and exciting productions. In 2009, Maestro Kosloff created the highly acclaimed AMERICAN OPERA IDOL competition, which continues to draw new audiences to opera. In December, 2009, she was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Miami Lyric Opera.
Ms. Kosloff is the Director of the Vocal Studies Division of the Hartt School, University of Hartford, where she also serves as the Director of the Hartt Opera Theater.
From 1990-2005 she was a Professor of Music and the Director of the Opera Studio at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Ms. Kosloff’s active guest conducting career includes guest appearances with the Syracuse Opera, Orlando Opera, Hartford Ballet, Southern Ballet Theatre, and Opera Columbus, Treasure Coast Opera and Miami Lyric Opera.
A frequent speaker and workshop director, Ms. Kosloff wrote the libretto for the critically acclaimed children’s opera GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS, which was created under a grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Her article, “The Woman Opera Conductor; Personal Perspective,” was published in The Musical Woman: An International Perspective, Volume I (Greenwood Press).
Ms. Kosloff is the conductor of contemporary chamber orchestra works on many compact discs. She was Music Director and Conductor for the world premiere of THE VILLAGE (an opera based on factual events of the Holocaust) which premiered in March of 1995 in New York. She was the 1994 recipient of the Choral Society Silver Jubilee Award, awarded to “a distinguished graduate” of the Queens College music program. She recorded a symphonic disk with the Czech Radio Philharmonic, released in 2000.