Note: This is a past article from December 02, 2014
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE
OPERA THEATRE CONCERT
“From Italy With Love”
An exceptionally beautiful concert was presented by
The Nevada Opera Theatre (NOT) Association called “From Italy With Love.”
Held at the Italian American
Club the concert featured Demetra
George, Soprano and Eduardo Villa, Tenor along with soloists, Dr. Morton I
Hyson, Bass, Sherona, McKee, Soprano
, Eric Castro, Baritone, Lance
and the Nevada Opera Theatre Chorus.
Founder of NOT Eileen Hayes and
Weddle, former NOT President introduced the program. Dinner at the Italian American Club was
an added attraction for this event.
Eileen Hayes and Denny Weddle
Eduardo Villa and Demetra George
George and Eduardo Villa travelled to Las Vegas to be the
stars of this memorable event. Demetra lives in
Turkey and the U.S. In fact, her
devoted husband, Mike travelled from Turkey to be at this event.
George is one of the most beloved and celebrated artists, both
in the U.S. and Europe. Her voice and compelling stage presence have been
featured in concerts and operas on NBC, CBS and PBS. Demetra has performed
for four U.S. Presidents and numerous world dignitaries. She is a two-time
Grammy Nominee. In 2008, Demetra was the first
American to perform with the 100 piece Azerbaijan Philharmonic in Baku.
Demetra George has performed with over 170
symphony orchestras and boasts a repertoire of more than 20 opera and
operetta roles and 18 roles in musical theater.
Demetra is not only
magnificent, but extremely beautiful.
She excited the audience with her costume changes and audience
interaction. In one operatic number she sauntered into the audience as she
flirted with men. The audience loved that. Whenever and wherever she
performs she always receives a standing ovation, and this evening was no
Demetra and husband Mike
Eduardo Villa is one of the world’s most sought after versatile tenors and has a
very broad repertoire. Eduardo is a
regular in title roles of many operas on the stage of the Metropolian
Opera. He has
also appeared throughout the US and Europe.
A native of California, Eduardo began his musical training as a violinist.
While studying at Santa Barbara
City College he concentrated on musical comedy and later while studying at
USC, he began his operatic training.
Eduardo Villa and Company
Eduardo Villa is a very gifted
performer. As this concert’s M.C., he had the audience not only enjoying his
wonderful voice, but fun and laughter was also his specialty and he kept the
audience laughing by doing his shtick.
Despite some difficulties that prevailed for the Nevada Opera
Theatre, such as Conductor Frank Fetta becoming
ill, and other airline cancel scheduling, all was well taken care of and the
performances went on to everyone’s enjoyment.
Conductor, Kosta Popovic
capably replaced the ailing Frank Fetta.
He has worked as an assistant conductor with the Metropolitan
Opera for eleven years and was assistant Chorus Master
for six seasons. As a pianist accompanist, Mr. Popovic has performed concerts and recitals in Europe,
United States and Canada.
Conductor Kosta Popovic at piano
accompanying Demetra George
Soloists Sherona McKee and Lance Taubold
Some of the Nevada Opera Theatre Chorus
Soloists Dr. Morton Hyson, Sherona McKee, Eric Castro and Lance Taubold have previously performed with
the Nevada Opera Theatre (NOT) and have endeared themselves to NOT audiences
as they did this evening. The NOT Theatre Chorus added to this wonderful
program that presented an acclectic program that
consisted of two acts and an intermission.
Some were recognizable favorites such as: Un Bel Di from Puccini’s
Torreador Song from Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s
Nessum Dorma. Other
favorites were: Funiculi Funicula, The Italian
Street Song, O Sole Mio and Love is Where You Find It. All in all, it was a program for all opera audience
Tony Ruivivar (Society of Seven) Angelo A. Cassaro
American Club) Dondaro (well-known performer) and Nancy Cassaro
Stars of "From Italy With Love" Eduardo Villa and Demetra George
Dr. Adele Zorn