Margaret Gawrysiak at Seattle Opera: Dinah in “Trouble in Tahiti” by Seattle Opera published on 2014/02/13 21:24:17 +0000 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.