Madness and Mayhem

Mon Aug 20 at 7pmCharles H. Morris Center, 10 E Broad Street

Tickets: $35-45
Premium seating available

Discover opera’s darkest gems in this concert featuring mad scenes, villainous plots and unhinged characters. The Savannah VOICE Festival Artists perform chilling moments of insanity from operas like Lucia di Lammermoor, Macbeth and Otello, conducted by 2015’s Carmen musical director, Andrew Bisantz. Audiences will be awed by the vocal acrobatics and intense drama of these impressive selections!

Sponsored by Carolyn Donovan

Pei Wen Chen, piano

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MUSIC

Before you go, take a listen to our playlist inspired by the music you can expect to hear in concert!

Before You Go

Charles H. Morris Center

The Charles H. Morris Center is one of the south’s most popular entertainment and wedding destinations and is consistently voted Best of Savannah event spaces. Located near Bay and Broad Street, patrons can enjoy a variety of dining options for their evening.

There is limited parking in the adjoining lot. Street parking is available along Broad Street and nearby squares.

DINING OPTIONS

The Charles H. Morris Center is located down the street from our Community Partners at Cha Bella, A Farm to Table restaurant serving locally sourced meals. VOICE Society members receive 25% off their food order with their membership card.

ARRIVAL

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

Conductor

Andrew Bisantz

Recently celebrating his 50th operatic production as conductor, Andrew Bisantz has received rave reviews from Opera News, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe; three of his recent productions have been counted among the top 10 musical events of the season in their respective cities. Mr. Bisantz is the newly named Artistic Director and Conductor of Eugene Opera, this season conducting Il barbiere di Siviglia and María de Buenos Aires; he has been principal conductor and Music Director there for a decade. Past productions for Eugene include Little Women, Eugene Onegin, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lelisir damore, La fanciulla del West, La traviata, Dead Man Walking, The Pirates of Penzance, Nixon in China, Carmen, The Mikado, La bohème, Le nozze di Figaro, Faust, Don Giovanni, and Orphée aux enfers.

 

In addition to this season’s production of Le nozze di Figaro, Mr. Bisantz has conducted both Carmen and Don Giovanni for the Savannah Voice Festival, as well as appearing jointly in concert with SVF and the Savannah Music Festival. This summer also saw his debut with the renowned CU NOW festival at University of Colorado Boulder, conducting the premier of the revised version of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, as well as making his debut at the Seagle Music Colony to lead the world premier of Herschel Garfein’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Mr. Bisantz returned this past fall to Boston Lyric Opera, conducting a critically-acclaimed production of Mark Anthony Turnage’s GREEK; in previous seasons, he has led BLO in Madama Butterfly, Turn of the Screw, and Tosca. He recently has had debuts with Opera Saratoga (Le nozze di Figaro), Opera Omaha (La fanciulla del West), Opera San Jose (Le nozze di Figaro), Virginia Opera (La traviata), and Tri-Cities Opera (Rigoletto); he has also led Wolf Trap Opera, the Brevard Music Center’s Janiec Opera Company, McGill University, and Shreveport Opera.

 

Mr. Bisantz has had a decade-long association with Florida Grand Opera in Miami; he made his main-stage debut there in 2006 conducting performances of Carmen, and has subsequently led FGO in Manon Lescaut, La bohème, La cenerentola, Pagliacci and Suor Angelica, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, and Die Zauberflöte. His recent production of Menotti’s The Consul with FGO was named the number one classical music event of 2015 in South Florida. For Glimmerglass Opera, Mr. Bisantz began his tenure in 2001 as an assistant conductor, and made his main-stage debut in 2004, conducting Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, and in 2005 conducted Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon, which was then broadcast on NPR’s World of Opera. Orchestrally, he has appeared with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto in Portugal, the Virginia Symphony, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and was Apprentice Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic for two seasons.

 

Upcoming engagements include returning to the Buffalo Philharmonic in January 2017 for a program of Mozart operatic selections and to Virginia Opera this coming fall for La fanciulla del West, as well as making his Opera Tampa debut in April conducting Verdi’s Macbeth and returning to Opera Saratoga to lead a new production of The Consul next summer. His recent recording of composer Fredrick Kaufman’s Stars and Distances and The Seven Sisters is available on Navona Records on CD, as well as through iTunes and Spotify.

Director

Marco Nisticò

Marco Nisticò, baritone, joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 2009-10, where he made his debut as Dancaire (Carmen). Recent engagements include Ford in Falstaff with Colorado Opera, Ping in Turandot with San Diego Opera. Upcoming engagements: Germont with the Savannah VOICE Festival and Opera in Williamsburg, Solo recital with The Savannah VOICE Festival and Musique à Beauregard (France), roles in a comic double bill (Rita+Il Segreto di Susanna) with Sarasota Opera. Mr Nisticò is making his stage directing debut with Opera Southwest (Albuquerque) where he will direct Puccini’s Tosca. Mr Nisticò has collaborated frequently with the Savannah VOICE Festival and VOICExperience since his first appearance as Leporello in 2014, both as singer (Escamillo, Bartolo and concerts) and faculty member. He is frequently seen with Sarasota Opera in roles including Giacomo in Giovanna d’Arco, Germont in La Traviata, Rodrigue in Don Carlos, Francesco Foscari in I Due Foscari. In 2011-12 Mr Nisticò was heard as Dulcamara at the Landestheater in Bregenz, as Gugliemo at the Teatro Regio of Torino and Rigoletto with Sarasota Opera. His appearances with NYCO include Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Schaunard in La Bohème and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. Marco Nisticò is a frequent guest lecturers and coach with various education institution, including McGill University, Manhattan School of Music, IVAI (Tel Aviv), Lidal North (Oslo), VOICExperience and NYU, among others.