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Margaret Gawrysiak at Seattle Opera: Dinah in “Trouble in Tahiti”

Seattle Opera on February 13, 2014 21:24

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    Margaret Gawrysiak makes her Seattle Opera mainstage debut as Vera Boronel in the upcoming production of Menotti’s “The Consul.” The American mezzo was a Young Artist at Seattle Opera in 2007/08 and 2008/09; she sang such roles as the Witch in “Hansel and Gretel,” Zita in “Gianni Schicchi,” Mother/Teacup in “L’enfant et les sortilèges,” and Hippolita in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” As Dinah in Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti,” Gawrysiak sang the great aria, “What a movie!”, describing a film she’d just seen:

    Then she sees him, the handsome American.
    (I must say he’s really a man,
    Six feet tall, and each foot just incredible!)
    Well, they’re madly in love,
    But there’s trouble ahead;
    There’s a legend:
    “If a princess marry white man, and rain fall that day,
    Then the white man shall be sacrifice without delay.”
    Sure enough, on the night of their wedding day,
    There’s a storm like nothing on earth;
    Tidal waves and siroccos and hurricanes;
    And to top it all off,
    The volcano erupts
    As the natives sing: Ah! Ah! Ah! Olé!
    They go crazy with the drumming and the chanting and ritual dance,
    While the lovers sing a ballad of South Seas romance.
    It’s so lovely, I wish I could think of it;
    Da da dee da da…
    It was called “Island Magic,”
    I think it was.
    Oh, a beautiful song!
    I remember it now:
    “Island Magic, where the midnight breezes caress us,
    And the stars above
    seem to bless us,
    That’s Island Magic, Island Magic.”
    Well, in any case, the hero is tied to a tree.
    (Did I tell you he’s a flyer
    who got lost at sea?)...

    At this touring performance at the Capitol Hill Arts Center, David McDade and Lara Bolton accompanied Margaret Gawrysiak, playing piano four-hands.

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