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Alex Mansoori at Seattle Opera: Thisbe in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Seattle Opera on February 13, 2014 21:23

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    Alex Mansoori sings Nika Magadoff in Seattle Opera’s upcoming production of Menotti’s “The Consul.” Born in Seattle, the tenor—who as a boy soprano sang in Seattle Opera’s childrens’ chorus—was a Young Artist at Seattle Opera in 2008/09 and 2009/10; in March 2009 he sang Flute/Thisbe in the Young Artists production of Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” From Thisbe’s ridiculous death scene, which Mansoori did as a send-up of Netrebko’s Elvira in “I puritani,” then playing at the Met:

    Asleep, my love?
    What, dead, my dove?
    Pyramus, arise!
    Speak, speak. Quite dumb?
    Dead, dead? A tomb
    must cover thy sweet eyes.
    These lily lips, this cherry nose,
    these yellow cowslip cheeks,
    are gone, are gone:
    Lovers, make moan:
    His eyes were green as leeks.
    Tongue, not a word:
    Come, trusty sword;
    come, blade, my breast imbrue:
    And farewell, friends!

    Brian Garman conducted the orchestra of Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program.

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