Three from Needham playing Rigoletto, One Night Only

Upcoming performance by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra features three players from Needham.


A group of three performers from Needham will be playing Verdi with the rest of Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO) at the end of the month. 

The five kids, between 14 and 17 years old, are joining a full orchestra of kids from around the Commonwealth, playing music from Verdi's Rigoletto, a tale of love and deception following a hunchbacked court jester and the Count of Mantua, according to a press release from BYSO. 

The three performers are Madeline Bauer, 17, playing Violin; Amy Lipman, 15, with the Flute; and Reuben Stern, 14, on Bassoon.

Tickets are $30, and there is one performance only, Jan 20, 3 p.m. in Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. 

See the full roster under PDFs to the right.

Below is the full press release from Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra

RIGOLETTO - One Performance Only

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras will bring to life one of opera’s most compelling characters, Rigoletto, for a one-time-only performance of Verdi’s renowned Rigoletto.

Verdi’s captivating music is performed by Boston Youth Symphony (BYS) musicians’ center stage, professional singers in the coveted main roles, and Handel and Haydn Society Chorus, all joining together in this one-time only exciting performance.

This is the sixth consecutive year that BYSO presents a full, semi-staged opera performance and is the only US youth orchestra to do so. After last year’s sold out performance of Verdi’s Falstaff, BYSO will present a Verdi opera for the third time. This semi-staged production will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.

This year (2013) marks the bi-centennial of the life of composer, Giuseppe Verdi. In celebration, BYSO presents this opera performance in collaboration with The Consulate General of Italy in Boston as part of a yearlong celebration titled: America Discovers Italy - a year long journey that will communicate and promote Italy engage enthuse Americans, strengthen the bonds that unite and create new ones.

This performance of Rigoletto will be conducted by BYSO Music Director, Federico Cortese, Doug Fitch as Stage Director and Designer, and the performance will feature the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus. This one time only performance takes place on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 3pm at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. Tickets start at only $30 and discounted student and senior tickets are available; call Sanders Theatre Box Office at (617) 496-2222. Free parking is available at the Broadway Garage on Felton Street.

More information about the BYSO and its 55th season schedule is available at www.BYSOweb.org.

Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 3:00pm at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Boston Youth Symphony (BYS), Federico Cortese, Music Director and Conductor Doug Fitch, Stage Director and Designer

Verdi’s heart-breaking tale of love and deception has been a favorite of the operatic repertoire ever since the opening in 1851. Rigoletto, which premiered in Venice, Italy on March 11, 1851, is based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo. The story follows Rigoletto, the hunchbacked court jester, and the womanizing Duke of Mantua as they weave a mesmerizing tale of seduction, treachery, curses and vendettas.

VERDI - Rigoletto

Semi-staged performance

  • Rigoletto, Weston Hurt 
  • Gilda, Anya Matanovic 
  • The Duke of Mantua, Rolando Sanz
  • Sparafucile, Grigory Soloviov 
  • Maddalena, Nora Graham-Smith 
  • Giovanna/The Countess of Ceprano, Meredeth Kelly 
  • The Count of Monterone, David Kravitz 
  • Marullo, Colin Levin 
  • Matteo Borsa, Neal Ferreira 
  • The Count of Ceprano, Ian Bowling 
  • Page, Liv Redpath

With Handel and Haydn Society Chorus

About Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO)

Widely regarded as one of the country’s finest youth orchestra programs, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) is recognized as a model music and arts education organization. BYSO serves nearly 500 students, ages 6 to 18, from more than 120 communities from around New England. Under the leadership of Music Director Federico Cortese, BYSO has become one of Boston’s most prestigious arts organizations with a programmatic scope that includes three full symphonic orchestras, two string training orchestras, a preparatory wind ensemble, six chamber orchestras, a chamber music program, and the Intensive Community Program, a nationally recognized string training program for underrepresented youth from inner-city communities. Since 1958 BYSO has been in residence at Boston University. In 2012 BYSO and Boston Symphony Orchestra announced a new partnership for the future of classical music, BYSO/BSO: Partnering for the Future. For more information visit www.BYSOweb.org.


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