Arie Strafare

Literally “overdone arias”. A tongue-in-cheek (and recession-friendly) survey of some of the overdone arias mezzo Stephen Chen was asked to perform over the years. Most of which he resisted, and some he ended up liking.

  1. Handel - Ombra Mai Fu (Serse) 3:23
  2. Britten - I Know a Bank (Midsummer Night's Dream) 3:03
  3. Purcell - When I am Laid (Dido and Aeneas) 3:17
  4. Puccini - Un Bel Di (Madama Butterfly) 3:32
  5. Gluck - Che faro senza Euridice (Orfeo) 5:04
  6. Bizet - Habanera {Mandarin version} (Carmen) 2:41
  7. Barber - Must the Winter (Vanessa) 2:26

Literally “overdone arias”. A tongue-in-cheek (and recession-friendly) survey of some of the overdone pieces mezzo Stephen Chen was asked to perform over the years – most of which he resisted, and some he ended up liking.

Mezzo Stephen Chen departs from his usual earnest esoteric fare with a light evening of audience favorites. He is joined by Christina Faye who is new to the Toronto music scene.

Ombra Mai Fu (Handel)
I Know a Bank (Britten)
Jai Perdu Mon Euridice (Gluck)
Memory (Webber)
When I am Laid (Purcell)
My Favorite Things (Rodgers)
Mon Coeur Souvre Ta Voix (Saint-Saens)
Bu Liao Qing (Mo Ran)
Un Bel Di (Puccini)
Send In The Clowns (Sondheim)
Habanera (Bizet)

Stephen Chen, Mezzo
Christina Faye, Piano

Sat, 26 Sep 2009 | 8:00 PM | Heliconian Hall
35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, ON