Concert program for La Scala Opera's first season of grand opera featuring the performance of Carmen by Geoges Bizet. Maestro Amelio Colantoni was the producer and general director. Maestro Mario Silva was the conductor.
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La Scala Opera Producers Present Their First Portland Season of MAESTRO AMELIO COLANTONI PRODUCER and GENERAL DIRECTOR MAESTRO MARIO SILVA CONDUCTOR Civic Auditorium February 19, 20,21, 1941 La Scala Opera Producers THE PRODUCER TO THE PUBLIC In presenting our first season of opera in Portland we feel both gratitude and satisfaction. "America is truly experiencing a spiritual awakening." The Columbia Empire has given evidence of its interest in the finest things; of its cultural refinement and desire for uplifting entertainment. We are conscious of the fine group of artists in this territory and we trust that many will be able to attain a higher position in the scale of musical development. Our sincere hope is that many members of this earnest group of singers may reach the pinnacle of opera stardom. To those who are here in attendance we wish the enjoyment of a most thrilling treat. Faithfully, AMELIO COLANTONI. MEMBERS OF THE CHORUS Tenors and Baritones Austin Hall, Charles Holt, Lawrence Kurkoski, Richard Littlehales, Virgil Myers, Minard Philley, Marvin Seymour, Francis Scarpelli, Francis Thomas, Al Williams, John Baker, Wallace Berry, W. C. Holcombe, Krank Kirker, Gordon Kler, Aaron F. Lawson, Bob Lewis, Roger Otto, Albert Shurgot, Earl Seyfert, Russell Watson, David La Roche. Sopranos and Contraltos Jean Allen, Alice Baker, Mary Blackler, Frances Brajocich, Clarissa Bronn, Grace Card, Elaine Churchill, Betty Duncan, Violette Eterno, Irene Johnson, Mildred Jones, Rita Howe, Elaine Kjos, Jean Knapp, Elizabeth Knight, Anna Kruger, Anita Maes, Margaret McCurdy, Marjorie Moe, Lenora Monaco, Elsa Nilson, Doris Petty, Mary Purnell, Clara Rieman, Josephine Rinella, Mary Ellen Rodolf, Eugenia Scarpelli, Lee Anna Severson, Dorothy Sigler, Barbara Stanton, Julia Taylor, Elizabeth Thomson, Mary Walker, Janette Williams, Elpha Wool-sey, Jean Handzlik, Choral Howell, Naomi Gerritsen, Danae Livsay, Leah Marshall, Martha Reese, Dorothy Routson, Anne Stevens. Ballet House Selling-Hirsch Building BALLET - CHARACTER ADAGIO - TOE - SPANISH HULA and BALLROOM PROFESSIONALS - TEACHERS Advanced - Children SPECIAL Evening Classes for Young Men and Business Girls ATwater 5541 Students of AUDIA FRAZEE who have won vocal contests are: MONA POULEE, singer on Metropolitan Auditions of the Air; OLGA STOLEE; MERWYN DANT, soloist First Congregational Church, Los Angeles; LANE ANDREWS. CHARLES DAVIS; LYDIA MARKS; SILAS JOHNSON, Jr; and others. The above singers have been soloists with symphony orchestra, opera or radio. Studio: Selling-Hirsch Building BRoadway 3581 MRS. FRED L. OLSON ACCREDITED TEACHER OF VOICE Young Artists with LA SCALA OPERA PRODUCTIONS Violetta Eterno Willard Holcombe CARMEN Fay Welch Earl Seyfert Willard Holcombe Albert Schurgot LA TRAVIATA Irene Colman Johnson — CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Also 20 Chorus Members David (Berger) Brooks, Philadelphia Opera Co. Rose Colomtoi, Operatic Soprano, New York Dorothy Rolfness Fisher, KOIN-CBS, New York Thora Matthiason, Albert Coates Opera Co., Los Angeles, Calif. 207-208-209 Fine Arts Buidling BEacon 8816 CARMEN (In French) An Opera in Four Acts By Georges Bizet CAST OF CHARACTERS Carmen Joyce Zickhardt Don Jose Giovanni Zavatti Escamillo Rudolfo Hoyos Micaela Violetta Eterno Frasquita Dorothy Sigler Mercedes Martha Reese El Dancairo Renato Vargas El Remendado Raymond Partipilo Zuniga Willard Holcombe Morales Russell Watson Soldiers of the Guards, Toreadores, Picadores, Cigaret Girls, Citizens, Peasants and Children. Action takes place in the city of Seville and nearby mountains in the second half of the last century. Dances created by Donald Dare of La Scala, Milan. Prima Ballerina Maria Boehme. Guest artiste of Ballet Natasche Elinova. Maestro Mario Silva, Conductor. Entire Production staged by Maestro Amelio Colantoni. VIDA TERESA BENNETT Voice ... Piano Scientific development of the Voice. Training in ensemble, theory, harmony, recital, repertoire, radio, professional appearance. Beginners accepted. S09 Maegly-Tichner Bldg. - AT 2092 Ethel Masten IMPORTER OF FINE MILLINERY Thirteen Thirty-one S.W. Broadway ATwater Two Nine Six Nine Mrs. Samuel F. Owen The Art of Singing Exponent of GEDIONI OLIVEIERI, of Paris The De Rezskes, Melba Nordica and other noted artists Teacher of MONA POULEE Columbia Building — BEacon 7617 — 811 S. W. Washington Street THE STORY OF THE OPERA "CARMEN" Looking for her lover, Micaela, the country maid to whom Don Jose, corporal of dragoons, is engaged, enters a square in Seville. The relief arrives (military music and "Street Boys' Song") after she has gone, and Jose is told she has been seeking him. He thinks of her while the cigarette girls—their leader captivating Carmen—pour from the factory opposite. When soldiers, crowding around her, ask her to choose a lover she sings (Habanera) with the indifferent Jose in mind: "If you do not love me, I'll love you and if I love you, beware!" and flings the flowers she wears to Jose with a provocative look and shrug. Micaela next delivers a kiss and letter from his mother (urging him to marry her) to her soldier. But now there is an uproar in the factory. Carmen has stabbed another girl; Jose brings her out a prisoner. Pretending love, she so works on him he loosens the rope typing her hands, and she makes her escape. In Lillas Pastia' tavern on Seville ramparts are Carmen, Frasquita and Mercedes (gypsy songs and dances). Jealous Morales, angry at Carmen's indifference, taunts her with loving Jbse, sentenced to two months in the guardhouse for her escape. She laughs at the idea, and when the famous bullfighter Escamillo enters, devotes herself to him enraging Morales, till both men leave. The tavern closed for the night, the innkeeper admits two smugglers. The other girls leave with them, but Carmen remains to meet Jose, and persuades him to join the lawless band. He comes, confesses his love, and Carmen so bewitches him he ignores the trumpet call to duty. Yet when she asks him to betray his soldier honor and join the smugglers he refuses. Fate then knocks at the door in the shape of Morales. When he orders Jose to leave, the latter disobeys and draws his sword. Smugglers and gypsies rush in to prevent a fight, but the die is cast. Jose knows his army days are over and joins the band. BONITA & EVELYN Second Floor, Park Building FOR BRIGHT IDEAS IN RE-STYLING AND DRESSMAKING ATwater 1641 Charles South ARTISTIC VIOLIN Instruction 205 Fine Arts BE. 1391 Compliments of the Van Duyn CHOCOLATE SHOPS Choose Your Piano as the Artists Do "The Baldwin Piano has given us such satisfactory service, that we have adopted it exclusively. It is therefore our official piano, and there is none better." MAESTRO AMELIO COLANTONI, Producer and General Director, La Scala Opera Producers. You are Invited to see and hear The Baldwin Piano at our new store BALDWIN PIANO STORE 923 S- W- Washington Street PITTOCK BLOCK Jose on guard in the smugglers' mountain camp is rallied by Carmen on his gloom. He tells her his thoughts are with an old woman who prays for her son in whom she believes, and the heartless gypsy mocks him, suggesting he abandon his uncongenial life. He protests his passion, then finding her unmoved, threatens to kill her. Death comes as fate decrees in her answer, and she joins Frasquita and Mercedes, who are telling fortunes. The cards, no matter how she deals, predict she and her lover will die. The girls go to help the smugglers distract the attention of the guards and Micaela comes in. Before she can reveal herself a shot rings out; Escamillo enters seeking the gypsy girl. Jose (whose shot has not wounded him), wild with jealousy, challenges him. The advent of Carmen prevents a struggle, and Escamillo leaves, offering to meet Jose anywhere, at any time, and inviting all to the next bullfight in Seville. Micaela now tells Jose his mother lies on her deathbed and implores him to go to her. Unwilling to leave Carmen, he first refuses, then goes, vowing to return. ROSENFELT HAT COMPANY 308 HUGHES BLDG. New Spring and Summer Styles in Men's and Boys' FELT AND STRAW HATS SPORT HEADWEAR For Men, Women and Children STATE LAUNDRY You CAN'T SEE the Mark In Ordinary Light . . . Unsightly Laundry Marks Are Gone Forever With Our NEW INVISIBLE MARKINGS 435 N. E. BROADWAY TRinity 1247 TRinity 1246 TRinity 1248 THE KOFELDT STUDIO OF BALLROOM DANCING CLASS AND PRIVATE INSTRUCTION! HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS and ADULTS 2131 N. E. Thompson MUrdock 3006 - 1397 CLASSICAL BALLET for Grace .. Poise .. Charm LEAH ELIZABETH THOLL Formerly of WM. F. CHRISTBNSEN'S SCHOOL, OF BALLET Special Classes for Business Girls Monday & Thursday Eves. 6:30-7:30 STUDIO Suite 31—Second Floor SELLING-HIRSCH BLDG. 918 S. W. Washington, at 10th—LA. 1449 Carmen, now his love, beside him, the bullfighter, in a gala procession of officials and toreros, enters the square where the people await their idol. About to enter the ring, Escamillo bids Carmen farewell, both vowing undying love. She ignores Frasquita and Mercedes, who warn her Jose may seek her. He appears—the man she has morally and physically destroyed—a dramatic contrast to his triumphant rival. Ruined, cheated, an outcast because of his love, he cannot forget it. He implores Carmen to be kind to him. But Escamillo's name sounds in the arena amid wild applause; Carmen's every thought is there. She repulses Jose with biting scorn, with such open joy in her passion for the bull fighter that, when Escamillo's name is again thundered forth by the unseen crowd, Jose stabs her to the heart. As the crowd pours from the arena, Escamillo, seeking Carmen, at their head, Jose flings himself despairingly upon the dead body of the woman he adored. BALLET Maria Boehme, Prima Ballerina, Katherine Benninghoff, Georgia Andrews, Geraldine Moore, Caroliena Wade, Mary Dick Compton, Lauretta Meyrs Bur-mester. Piano furnished through courtesy Baldwin Piano Store USE 12 extra cups no extra cost Emmrich Coffee _Prof. J. A. Hollingsworth_ VOICE SPECIALIST NEW SPRING FASHIONS New Spring Costume Suits New Spring Coats New Spring Dresses DISTINCTIVE CLOTHES AT MODERATE PRICES RANDOLPH BARTHOLOMEW 1908 N. E. 24TH AVEENUE on Broadway Car Line For Smart Clothes Consult A Stylist Who Knows How To Pick the Best For Less IDA GREENE Broadway Building 715 S. W. Morrison Street Take Elevator to 2nd Floor Blouses - Dresses - Skirts Styles with a personality 711 S. W. 6th Ave. - Portland Hotel Court Karime's Beauty Salon One Location 217 Park Bldg. 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