In April 1962, at the very first Cape Symphony concert, a young American soprano took the stage to sing two arias with the musicians of the brand-new orchestra. Her name was Beverly Sills!
As part of our re-creation of that concert from sixty years ago, we'll also be performing the same two arias, with another young American soprano. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Abigail Rethwisch has performed many of the classic opera roles at major companies across the country, and we’re excited to have her make her Cape Symphony debut at Happy Anniversary, Cape Symphony!
Abigail was chosen as a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions three times, most recently in 2019. The National Council Auditions is the Met’s nationwide vocal competition, designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. This spring, Abigail joins the roster of The Metropolitan Opera!
On the Cape Symphony stage, Abigail will perform the acrobatic “Una Voce Poco Fa (A voice a little while ago),” one of the most famous arias ever, from Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera The Barber of Seville. In the song, Rosina has just heard the voice of the young count she wants to marry, although she’s expected to marry her guardian. She swears that although she might be a docile and respectful woman, she’s going to make sure that the young count is hers. It's a delightful piece and Abigail will charm us all!
Abigail will also perform the lush “Depuis le Jour (Since the Day)” from Louise by French composer Gustave Charpentier. You may not be familiar with the opera, but this aria is the “one-hit wonder” that came out of it. In the story, Louise has run away with Julien, the poet she loves (against her family’s wishes, of course). Louise sings, “I know that now I’m not dreaming! Ah, I’m truly happy!”
To enjoy Abigail's performance with the Cape Symphony, get your tickets now for our 60th anniversary celebration!