It’s a Funny Story – Marco Nisticò in Recital

Sun Aug 12 at 5pmJewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn Street

Tickets: $35

Praised for his “comic pizzazz” by the New York Times, baritone Marco Nisticò presents a dynamic recital showcasing the full range of style and drama he brings to his performance. Curated by Nisticò himself, this recital features delightful story telling mixed with music by Italian composers such as Giuseppe Verdi, Paolo Tosti and more.

Sponsored by Claudia and David Seyle

PROGRAM

“Largo al factotum” from Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini

“L’ultima canzone” by Paolo Tosti

“A vucchella” by Paolo Tosti

Schicchi’s Aria from Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini

“L’onore, ladri…” from Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi

“Come sen va contento, Dunque io son…” Duet from L’Elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti

BRIEF INTERMISSION

“Prélude de musique anodyne” from Pêchés de Vieillesse by Gioachino Rossini

Bartolo’s Aria from Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini

“Vivere” by Cesare Andrea Bixio

“Parlami d’amore Mariù” by Ennio Neri and Cesare Andrea Bixio

Belcore’s Aria from L’Elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti

“Mio signore venerato…” Duet from Il campanello di notte by Gaetano Donizetti

Before You Go

Jewish Educational Alliance

The Savannah Jewish Educational Alliance is a community center home to various facilities, including a performance hall located on the Northeast side of the building. Parking is available in the adjoining lots.

ARRIVAL

We recommend you arrive with plenty of time for parking. Please keep in mind that the box office opens 1 hour prior to showtime and the doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

Recitalist

Marco Nisticò

Italian born baritone Marco Nisticò’s impressive combination of beautiful tone, exquisite artistry, and superior stagecraft has delighted audiences throughout North America, South America, and Europe. Praised as a performer of gravitas, unforced eloquence, and refined vocalism by the Classical Review, Marco Nisticò has become a widely sought-after singing actor for both comedic and dramatic roles. Last season, he sang Tonio in Pagliacci with Opera Memphis, Amonasro in Aïda with Opera Colorado, and returned to Sarasota Opera in the same role in addition to appearing with Florida Grand Opera as Malatesta in Don Pasquale. In 2014-15, Mr. Nistico was reengaged by Sarasota Opera to sing Tonio in Leoncavallo’s I pagliacci and Posa in Verdi’s Don Carlos, and sang Dulcamara with Eugene Opera. He returned again to the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in the 2013-2014 season for the premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, sang Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore and Dancaïro in Carmen with Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome, and returned to Sarasota Opera as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia.

The 2012-13 season included his return to the Metropolitan Opera as Dancaïre in Carmen, the title role of Rigoletto with Sarasota Opera, and Montfort in Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes in a return to the Caramoor Festival. The 2016-2017 season includes Dr. Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Memphis, the title character in Don Pasquale and Manfredo in L’amore di tre re with Sarasota Opera, and El Tiempo in Los Elementos with New York City Opera. Future seasons include Germont in La Traviata with Sarasota Opera, Ping in Turandot with San Diego Opera, Ford in Falstaff with Opera Colorado, and an appearance with The Dallas Opera.

Piano

Howard Watkins

American pianist Howard Watkins is a frequent associate of some of the world’s leading musicians on the concert stage and as an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera.   His appearances throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Russia, and Israel have included collaborations with Joyce DiDonato, Diana Damrau, Kathleen Battle, Grace Bumbry, Mariusz Kwiecien, Anna Netrebko, and Matthew Polenzani at such venues as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Spivey Hall, Kennedy Center, the Pierpont Morgan Library, the United States Supreme Court, Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the three stages of Carnegie Hall, and the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. He has accompanied the classes of legendary artists Renata Scotto, Frederica von Stade, Regine Crespin, Birgit Nilsson, and George Shirley. Mr. Watkins has served on the faculties of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the North Carolina School of the Arts, the International Vocal Arts Institute (Israel, Japan, and China), IIVA in Italy, and VOICExperience. He has also worked on the music staffs of Palm Beach Opera, the Washington National Opera, and the Los Angeles Opera.