A touch of Puccini, Verdi, Mozart and Strauss


Expect an exhilarating evening at the Smith Center Saturday when the Las Vegas Philharmonic opens its season with Operatic Love--more specifically, the celebratory and proud Triumphal March from Verdi’s Aida.

Under the direction of guest conductor Case Scaglione, the arias, duets and instrumental pieces by Verdi, Puccini and Mozart will be the Philharmonic’s first dabble in operatic highlights at the Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall (its last was in 2010 at Artemus Ham Hall).

Featuring soprano Suzanne Vinnik and tenor Cody Austin, the program includes highlights from the first act of Puccini’s La Bohème and also Puccini’s orchestral piece, “Capriccio Sinfonico,” then dips into Verdi’s jovial “Brindisi” from La Traviata and Violetta’s “E’ Strano! E’ Strano!”

Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, “Il Mio Tesoro” from Don Giovanni and “Dove Sono I Bei Momenti” from The Marriage of Figaro dovetail naturally into Strauss’ sentimental and waltz-heavy “Rosenkavalier Suite.”

Operatic Love, September 28, 7:30 p.m., $25-$94. Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall, 749-2000.

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