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An Evening of Vocal Fireworks: Amici e Rivali

An Evening of Vocal Fireworks: Amici e Rivali

A Pre-Season Concert
Performed in Italian and French with English supertitles

Two of opera’s most thrilling tenors, Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres, come together for an evening of vocal pyrotechnics, picnics under the stars, and a dazzling fireworks display! Part of the Mann’s Summer Picnic Series.

Following the release of their critically acclaimed album, Amici e Rivali (Friends & Rivals), the “dueling tenors” reunite for a friendly sing-off of opera favorites and a few surprises. Hear pieces by beloved composers Rossini, Bellini, Thomas, and more, including hits from The Barber of Seville.

Jack Mulroney Music Director Corrado Rovaris leads the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus from the TD Pavilion stage. The evening concludes with a fireworks display high above the Fairmount Park concert venue.


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Dates are Aug 2021.

Thu, Aug 26 7:00 p.m.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

There are no refunds or exchanges. In the case of inclement weather, admission to the venue or show times may be delayed; check MannCenter.org for updates.

Maestro Corrado Rovaris’ engagement as the Jack Mulroney Music Director has been made possible by Mrs. John P. Mulroney.

The Opera Philadelphia Orchestra is underwritten by Alice and Walter Strine, Esqs.

The performances of Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres have been underwritten by Judy and Peter Leone.

Cast & Creative Team

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado RovarisConductor Underwritten by Mrs. John P. Mulroney
Lawrence Brownlee
Lawrence BrownleeTenor Underwritten by Judy and Peter Leone
Michael Spyres
Michael SpyresTenor Underwritten by Judy and Peter Leone
  • Elizabeth Braden Chorus Master
Gioacchino Antonio Rossini

The Composer

Gioacchino Antonio Rossini

Rossini is the first great Italian composer of the 19th century. For a time, Rossini was the most influential composer in the world. But by his death in 1868, many of his operas were no longer played. By the turn of the century, he was known to most people as the composer of a single opera (The Barber of Seville), several overtures, and one religious work (Stabat Mater). Only since the 1950's has Rossini been given the credit he is due. This is a result of committed scholarship and the availability of singers who have mastered the difficult technique that proper Rossini singing requires. Many of his works have been re-evaluated, produced on stage, and recorded. Each August, Rossini’s hometown of Pesaro holds a festival in which at least one of his rare works is staged. Today he once again is considered a major influence in the development of both Italian and French opera. Read More.

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