Opera’s best love songs highlight of Great Falls Symphony concert

The Great Falls Symphony is continuing its 60th anniversary season this weekend with Canzoni d’Amore.

The symphony will be joined by Carolina Castells, a soprano, and Mackenzie Whitney, a tenor.

Saturday’s concert includes five popular opera scenes combined for one show, an homage to the symphony’s 20th anniversary season that included a program of operas.

Great Falls Symphony kicks off 60th season this weekend

The performance will include Alexander Borodin’s most popular work, the Polovetsian Dances, which opened the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. The Gilding Dance of the Maidens inspired the song Stranger in Paradise from the 1953 Broadway musical Kismet, according to the symphony.Canzoni d'Amore, November 3, 2018.jpg

The concert will also feature Va pensiero from the third act of Giuseppi Verdi’s Nabucco, which tells the story of the Israelites when they are slaves in Babylon. According to the symphony, it’s a hymn of longing for homeland: “Go, thought, on wings of gold; go settle upon the slopes and the hills, where, soft and mild, the sweet airs of our native land smell fragrant.”

Libiamo from Verdi’s La traviata, a drinking song with a toast, is also on tap for Saturday’s performance, and is the “most famous party music in opera,” according to the symphony.

Rounding out the evening will be two pieces by Giuseppi Puccini.

One from La Boheme, in which two characters fall in love from the moment that they sing their only two arias.  The other, from Tosca, is a scene sung by Mario, a painter in love with the singer Tosca, while he waits for his execution. After his death, Tosca throws herself off a parapet.

Want to go? Tickets are available here.