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Renowned operatic tenor Tau Pupu’a will join Chamber Orchestra Ogden for “A Night at the Opera.” Joining Ta’u will be Weber State University faculty member Karen Bruestle. Together they will perform a variety of arias and duets, backed up by the orchestra.
Ta’u Pupu’a is unique in the opera world. He was an outstanding Defensive End in the NFL but a career-ending injury changed his life and led him to a new career: opera. He is just as outstanding in his role as operatic tenor, as shown by the following comments: “…He seems to have limitless power… but the voice has real gold in its best moments.” (New York Times) “…Everyone took notice at his brilliant tone, breath-control and ravishing, powerful tenor…” (Italian Tribune).
Soprano Karen Bruestle has enjoyed a rich and varied career that includes opera, oratorio, recital, musical theatre, and concert works throughout the United States and Canada. Since 2001, Karen has been the Director of Voice, Vocal Pedagogy and Opera at Weber State University where her opera directing credits include “The Magic Flute,” “Die Fledermaus,” “Madama Butterfly,” and “The Marriage of Figaro.”
Concert attendees will be treated to performances of such well-known arias as Nessun Dorma from Turandot, Vilia from “The Merry Widow,” La Donna è Mobile from “Rigoletto,” and others. Ta’u and Karen will also join together on the famous duet from “La Traviata,” Brindisi: Libiamo, ne’lieti calici.
The orchestra will open the program with Bellini’s Overture to “Norma,” and will perform the Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana,” and the final section of Rossini’s Overture to “William Tell,” interspersed between the arias.
The WSU office of Alumni Relations, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the Department of Performing Arts are sponsoring this concert. Additional sponsorship is provided by Eloise Runolfson and Peery’s Egyptian Theater, which is an in-kind sponsor of all of the orchestra’s concerts.