An Evening at the Opera
WHAT: An Evening at the Opera
WHEN: Thursday, December 16, 2021 – 7:30pm - 9pm
WHERE: Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir road, Washington, D.C.,20007
PRICE: General Admission $25; Student Admission $15
ADD. INFOS: Registration and valid ID required. Masks and vaccination certificate required. No parking inside the embassy. No large bags, helmets and suitcase.
An Evening at the Opera featuring exceptional artists Simon Charette, pianist, Kristin Sampson, soprano, and Kevin Short, bass will invite you to discover (or rediscover) a repertoire made up of great and various classics from the end of the 19th century, from George Bizet’s comic opera Carmen to Puccini’s lyrical drama Tosca, including Gounod’s tragedy Faust and much more."
75 minutes without intermission - Discover the following line up:
Carmen , Georges Bizet, 1875
Votre toast, Je peux vous le rendre - Kevin Short - Escamillo
Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante - Kristin Sampson - Micaëla
Faust , Charles Gounod, 1859
Le veau d’or - Kevin Short - Méphistophélès
Ah, je ris de me voir - Kristin Sampson - Marguerite
Vous qui faites l’endormie - Kevin Short - Méphistophélès
Mefistofele, Arrigo Boito, 1868
L’altra notte in fondo al mare - Kristin Sampson - Margherita
Ecco il mondo - Kevin Short - Mefistofele
La Fanciulla del West, Giacomo Puccini, 1910
Ti voglio bene Minnie… - Kristin Sampson - Minnie & Kevin Short - Jack Rance
Minnie, dallla mia casa - Kevin Short - Jack Rance
Laggiù nel Soledad - Kristin Sampson - Minnie
Don Carlos, Giuseppe Verdi, 1867
Elle ne m’aime pas! - Kevin Short - Philippe II
La Wally, Alfredo Catalani, 1892
Ebben? Ne andrò lontana - Kristin Sampson - Wally
Tosca, Giacomo Puccini, 1900
Tosca divina, la mano mia - Kristin Sampson - Tosca & Kevin Short - Scarpia
Chère nuit, Melody by Alfred Bachelet, 1897
About the artists
Simon Charette - Simon serves as assistant conductor, chorus master and pianist for the Washington Opera Society. Recent productions include Lehar’s Land of Smile presented at the Austrian Embassy, Verdi’s Aida at the Egyptian Embassy, Bizet’s Carmen at the Embassy of France, and Kalman’s The Gypsy Princess at the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Washington, DC.
Kristin Sampson - Praised by the New York Times for her “bright, sizable and expressive voice,” Mexican-born, American soprano Kristin Sampson’s 2020-2022 engagements include a debut with Opera Grand Rapids as Liù in Turandot, a role debut as Marguerite in Faust with the Washington Opera Society, and summer concert performances with New York City Opera, and Festival of Nature at Lake Tizsa in Hungary.
Kevin Short - Versatile bass-baritone Kevin Short is thrilling audiences around the globe in a wide range of repertoire ranging from Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, to Verdi’s Attila and Don Carlos, and Bizet’s Carmen.
Snacks and light refreshments can be purchased at La Maison Française before the Evening at the Opera. Please note that proof of vaccination and ID will be required to enter the French embassy grounds.
This event is made possible through the partnership with Resources USA.