Classically Alive  

 
Classically Alive presents 










“A Vocal Extravaganza”
 Favorite Opera Solos, Duets, Quartets and 
Gems from Music Theater and Song

Judeth Shay Comstock, soprano
Betsy Hoover, mezzo-soprano
George Humphrey, tenor
Peter Tuff, baritone
Abe Minzer, piano
and MC’ing...
Elizabeth Velez & John T. Garrett

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019  -  7:00 pm
    Minzer/Schreuder Residence
     8 Broadmoor Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

General Admission: $25.00; 
Students: $10.00; Youth up to 13 free.
Heavy  Hors d’Oeuvres/Drinks Included
PLEASE RSVP EARLY- for reservations and info, 
please contact Abe Minzer at:
	 aminzer@comcast.net or (719) 229-2239

After the incredible enthusiasm of the almost 200 people attending when we did this program this  past  November, we all decided to do it again for Classically Alive!!  

With four amazing singers performing some of the greatest Opera Arias, Duets and Quartets, PLUS Gems from Musical Theater and Song, there is not much to say, except please...
 Get your RSVPs in early.  
If this one does not sell out quickly, as the saying goes, “I’ll eat my hat”.

Please check out below the wonderful program, and the glowing bios of all the singers.  And in addition to the fantastic music, food and drink is included, and there will be  plenty of time for socializing, plus mingling with the musicians....

PROGRAM

Classical Opera Favorites (solos and duets)
Bizet 
“O fond du temple saint” from “The Pearlfishers” (tenor/baritone duet)
 
Bizet “Carmen” 
(selections) 
“Habanera” (mezzo-soprano), “Toreador Song / “Votre Toast” (baritone), 
“Si je “t’aime” (mezzo-soprano/baritone duet) 

Puccini 
“O mio babbino caro” from “Gianni Schicchi” (soprano) 
“O soave fanciulla” from “La Boheme” (soprano/tenor duet)
 
Verdi 
“Dio che nell’ alma” from “Don Carlo” (tenor/baritone duet)
 
Leo Delibes 
“Dome epais le Jasmin” from “Lakme” (soprano/mezzo-soprano duet) 

Gems of Musical Theater and Song

Agustín Lara
“Granada” (tenor)
Leonard Bernstein 
“One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man (soprano) 
“I Can Cook, Too” (mezzo-soprano)
Flaherty 
“Back to Before” from “Ragtime” (soprano) 
George Bolcom 
“Amor” from “Cabaret Songs” (soprano) 
Cole Porter songs  
“Tale of the Oyster”, “Let's Misbehave”, “In the Still of the Night”, 
“Miss Otis Regrets”, “So in Love”, 
“Don't Fence Me In”, “Love for Sale” (tenor)

Andrew Lloyd Webber 
“All I Ask of You”from “Phantom of the Opera” (mezzo-soprano/tenor duet)
Rodgers & Hammerstein 
“Soliloquy” from “Carousel” (baritone)


Full Vocal Quartet Ensembles
Stanislao Gastaldon 
“Musica Proibita”
Verdi 
“Bella figlia del’amore” from “Rigoletto”

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ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

Soprano Judeth Shay Comstock is a 2018 Henry Award nominee for her recent performance of Muriel in the CSFAC production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”. She was part of the creative team for The Millibo Art Theatre’s “Babette’s Knockout Opera” and performs regularly throughout the region as a touring artist for the Central City Opera. During November 2018, she sang the Mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and the Colorado Springs Conservatory at the Pikes Peak Center, and this Spring she will play Virginia in “Hands on a Hardbody” with the CSFAC. 
Judeth has been vocal soloist with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Opera Colorado, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs.  Ms. Comstock is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, where she was awarded the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshanna Foundation. She is the recipient of two Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards.

Mezzo Soprano Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Hoover has toured the United States singing leading roles with the National Opera Company. She made her New York City debut as Miss Jessel in “The Turn of The Screw”, and sang with Opera Barga in Italy. Locally she has performed with Central City Opera, Colorado Opera Festival and Opera Theatre of the Rockies. Betsy sang in concerts in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, New York, Texas and Colorado, and toured the Persian Gulf as a Goodwill Ambassador with baritone Norm Phillips. 
Her operatic roles include Carmen, Dorabella in “Cosi Fan Tutti”, Musetta in “La Boheme”, Isabella in “Un Giorno di Regno” (Verdi), Miss Jessel in “The Turn of the Screw”, Mother Goose in “Rake’s Progress”, the Stepmother in “Hansel and Gretel”, and Perichole in “La Perichole.”  Concert repertoire includes Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder, “Ruckert Lieder”, and Handel’s “Messiah”.
Betsy is now a lawyer for children in Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice and Domestic Relations Law.  She finds family law almost as dramatic as opera, but not nearly as fun. When Betsy met fellow Guardian ad Litem, Elizabeth Velez, in 2007, they became fast friends. When Elizabeth learned of Betsy’s first career as an amazingly talented singer, she promptly introduced her brother George Humphrey.  Betsy is thrilled to have another chance to perform with George and the rest of the cast this evening.

Tenor George Vincent Humphrey began singing professionally in 1998, performing Alfred from the Operetta DIE FLEDERMAUS with Colorado Opera Troupe in Denver. The next summer he sang the role of Sam Polk from the Carlyle Floyd opera SUSANNAH with the Ft. Collins Opera, a role he would also sing with Long Leaf Opera, in Durham, North Carolina. He then sang the role of Lord Tolloler from the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta IOLANTHE with The Light Opera Company of Salisbury, Connecticut, under the direction of Georgia McEver. He then sang Beppe from the Leoncavallo opera I, PAGLIACCI, again with the Colorado Opera Troupe. 

George then reworked his technique and became a Jugendlicher Heldentenor, or a ‘teenaged Hero-tenor.’ He was then engaged to sing Don Jose from the Bizet opera CARMEN, in Dachau, Bavaria, a role he has sung many times in such places as Karlsfeld Opera, Regensburg Opera, and Northwest Ireland Opera in Ballybofay. He then sang the role of BACCHUS, from the Richard Strauss opera DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN; this led to his being ‘discovered’ by the Bavarian State Opera and singing the title role from the Shostakovich opera ROTHSCHIELD’S GEIGE. 

George then signed on to a permanent contract with the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, under the direction of Gustav Kuhn. At the Tiroler Festspiele Erl in 2013 George sang the role of Duca di Mantua from the Verdi opera RIGOLETTO. This production was recorded by the Austrian broadcasting company SERVUS TV, as part of the KULTUR series hosted by Ian Hollander, who made a four-part documentary on how to produce a complete opera. The third segment of this program features George as an exceptional beginner, one who came to this profession relatively late in life and is nevertheless finding success in this very-competitive world. Both the documentary and the complete performance of RIGOLETTO have been aired many times and are available for purchase through their website.
 
Since joining the permanent ensemble cast of the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, George has sung the roles of Manrico (Verdi, IL TROVATORE), Ishmael (Verdi, NABUCCO), Florestan (Beethoven, FIDELIO), Erster Geharnischter (Mozart, The Magic Flute), Tamino (Mozart, The Magic Flute), Cavaradossi (Puccini, TOSCA), Rodolfo (Puccini, LA BOHEME), Siegfried (Wagner, Siegfried), Tannhauser (Wagner, TANNHAUSER), and Tristan (TRISTAN UND ISOLDE). George then sang Tristan for the Landestheater Niederbayern in Passau, and Landshut.  In 2015 George sang his first Siegfried (Wagner, GOTTERDAMMERUNG), a role he would reprise MANY times. He has sung this role at the Shanghai 2015 Festival of Music, and every summer since then at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl. George’s interpretation of this notoriously difficult role has been widely praised by press and public, earning him many more opportunities as a Heldentenor. 
 
George has also performed the tenor solos from the Mahler DAS LIED VON DER ERDE, with the Alto Adige Festival in Bolzano, Rovereto, and Trentino, Italy. Also, with the Tiroler Festspiele Erl he performed the Beethoven MISSA SOLEMNIS, Bruckner TE DEUM, Verdi REQUIEM, and the Beethoven Ninth Symphony. George recently sang the tenor solo from the Beethoven Ninth Symphony in Skopje, Macedonia, for the dedication of the newly-built concert house. George enjoyed meeting the president of Macedonia, in spite of not being allowed to have his picture taken with him for security (soul-stealing?) reasons.  George recently sang Rodolfo (Puccini, LA BOHEME) in Erl on Christmas Day 2018, and then sang a series of concerts with his dear friend, television, folk music, and yodeling star Angela Wiedl.
  
George now serves as an Adjunct Professor of Singing at Pikes Peak Community College and is proud to have some of his own students in the audience tonight. 

Baritone Peter Tuff has been hailed as “an outstanding singer” (Salzburger Nachrichten) and “strong and commanding” (San Francisco Examiner). The baritone has performed 30 leading roles in opera and musical theater, and dozens of supporting roles. He sang his first role—John Sorel in The Consul by Menotti—during his undergraduate studies in voice and French horn at Pacific Lutheran University. Following private voice study in San Francisco, Tuff moved with his wife and three children to Austria, where they lived for ten years as he sang as a member of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the Imperial Chapel, and in the Salzburg Festival.
Tuff has performed at San Francisco Opera, Monterey Symphony, Opera San Jose, Sacramento Opera, Pocket Opera, Berkeley Opera, and many others.  H
e has performed the title role in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, and principal roles in Carmen, Pagliacci, Daughter of the Regiment, La Cenerentola, and The Sound of Music. With the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, he has been featured in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Carmina Burana, and in both sets of Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs.
Peter Tuff serves as executive director of the Colorado Springs Chorale, now in its 62nd season, and the exclusive choir of the 2020 D-Day commemorative ceremonies in Normandy, France.

Pianist Abe Minzer earned a master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory, a doctorate in music at West Virginia University, and has taught at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. He plays concerts throughout the US, and has appeared as piano soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major with the Pittsburgh Symphony.  

Abe Minzer teaches piano, music history and music theory at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Also, Dr. Minzer is on the faculty at Pikes Peak Community College where he heads the Piano Department, teaches Private Piano, Group Piano, Music Theory, and serves as staff pianist/accompanist. Dr. Abe Minzer often performs works of living composers, including world premieres of compositions by Sylvia Hazlerig, Jorge Cardoso, Jim Bosse and Ofer Ben-Amots. For more information, please visit:  http://ClassicallyAlive.com For more information on Abe Minzer - CDs, samples, reviews and comments, please visit: http://abeminzer.com

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Classically Alive features diverse monthly house concerts, which include food, drink, and time for guests to socialize, and mingle with the musicians.  At the venue, founder, director, and pianist, Dr. Abe Minzer performs along with many top musicians of the Pikes Peak region.  Additionally, Classically Alive hosts world-class visiting artists of national and international reputation, often as part of the Piano Masterworks series and through collaboration with the German arts organization, Weltklassik.  

Since its inception in 2006, Classically Alive has presented over 150 concerts featuring over 100 musicians.  The eclectic offerings include a wide range of classical, as well as contemporary, popular styles, jazz, and world music. 
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