TOLEDO Toledo Opera will present "From Russia With Love!" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Peristyle Theater at the Toledo Museum of Art.
This performance will transport you to the land of the czars, where multi-colored spires and onion domes of ancient monasteries mark the horizon. All the pomp, power and pageantry of Imperial Russia will come to life in this stirring choral and orchestral spectacular. Bells ring out from towering belfries in the majestic Coronation Scene from Mussorgsky's operatic masterpiece of political intrigue, "Boris Godunov." At the other end of the spectrum are the enchanting melodies of Borodin's "Polovetsian Dances," perhaps better known to us as music from the Broadway musical, "Kismet."
Internationally renowned bass Stefan Szkafarowsky will conjure romantic heroes in selections from the golden age of Russian opera. Featured will be music by Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov the most glorious names in a grand operatic tradition.
Szkafarowsky has been praised for the beautiful quality of his bass voice as well as for his impeccable technique. He is highly sought after by opera companies and orchestras in this country and abroad. Upcoming engagements include Banquo in "Macbeth" with Florentine Opera, the title role in "Falstaff" with New Jersey Opera Theater, the King in "Aida" with Opera Pacific, Benoit/Alcindoro in "La boheme" with Fort Worth Opera, Bronze in "Madame Butterfly" at Opera de Quebec, Commendatore in "Don Giovanni" with Opera Pacific, Benoit/Alcindero in "La boheme" and Bartolo in "Le nozze di Figaro" with Metro Lyric Opera.
Szkafarowsky has appeared with Washington Opera as Ferrando in Verdi's "II trovatore" as well as Crespel in "The Tales of Hoffman." He has performed with many other renowned opera companies such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, New Orleans Opera, Arizona Opera, San Diego Opera, Dallas Opera and Pittsburgh Opera.
Accompanied by the full Toledo Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Grammy Award-winning conductor Thomas Conlin, the Toledo Opera Chorus also will perform.
Single ticket prices begin at $15 and may be purchased online at toledoopera.org or by phone at (419) 255-7464.