1yesA Night at the Opera was enjoyed this past Friday, January 29th, at St. Thomas.  Attendees enjoyed a high-definition presentation of I Puritani, by Vincenzo Bellini.  It is an Italian opera in three acts, first performed in Paris, on January 25, 1835.

I Puritani is a love story set during the violent conflict between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians, led by the Puritan Oliver Cromwell, during the English Civil War in the mid-17th century.

7The “Night at the Opera” HD opera series at St. Thomas Armenian Church are presented and introduced by Dr. Levon Capan.  Dr. Levon is not only an admirer of opera music, he is also very knowledgeable of this genre.  He is a classically trained tenor.  Dr. Capan carefully selected a group of popular and appealing operas to be screened at our church.  Before each screening, he gives an introduction about each work, highlighting the important facts about the composer and the history of the performance. 13

Why come to view an opera at St. Thomas?  For starters, you can bring your family and friends to a cozy and friendly environment, and watch in the highest quality on a large high-definition screen! Such an intimate view of the performers is rare to have if you were to watch it at home or even live. Every expression can be seen.  Also, many of the presentations include backstage views and subtitles, which are easy to read while you follow along to the beautiful music.  Not only will you feel completely involved in the story-line, you will have the benefit of an on-site expert with whom to discuss, especially if you are new to opera!  It is a great opportunity for you and your children to be exposed to such cultural classics.  You will be exposed to the best of the best performing artists in the world!

Everyone who attended enjoyed the presentation, as well as a wine and snacks reception among friends in the Atrium.  It was a perfect evening for being out of winter’s cold and in St. Thomas’ warm and friendly environment, enjoying a musical and cultural treat!

Please view our album of this event, and keep your calendars open for our next opera event on March 11 …Anoush by Armen Tigranian!