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Hillyer Festival Orchestra featuring Yeghishe Manucharyan & Erin Smith

July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dick Hillyer

Enjoy “A Night at the Opera” with The Hillyer Festival Orchestra this Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at Maudslay Arts Center (MAC) featuring music by Verdi, Bernstein, Ravel, Puccini, Massenet, and Leoncavallo.

The Hillyer Festival Orchestra has entertained thousands of people at Boston’s Esplanade Hatch Shell Series. Pleasing the audience with familiar favorites and bringing to light special new compositions by American composers, don’t miss entertaining pops director Dirk Hillyer and his Festival Orchestra.

Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor                                                     

Admired for his outstanding musical intelligence, and for the purity, power, and flexibility of his voice, tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young tenors singing today. Making his Carnegie Hall début in December  as Percy in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena , with the Opera Orchestra of  New York, on  the New York Newsday reported:

Armenian tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan offered a winsome portrayal of Percy, his elegant and affecting voice possessing a gorgeous, veiled tone a bit reminiscent of renowned Italian tenor Giuseppe di Stefano. If this outing is any indication, Manucharyan is definitely worth keeping an eye on.”

  In the 2011-2012, season  Mr. Manucharyan has performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Rachmaninoff The Bells Boston Symphony Hall (BU Orchestsra and Chorus)  and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin  at Opera Carolina

Mr. Manucharyan returned to the Metropolitan Opera in 2011 to sing  the new production of Armida, with Renee Fleming.

He began his 2009-2010 season with Boheme for Tulsa Opera, and returned to Carnegie Hall with Opera Orchestra of New York as Lykov in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar’s Bride, with Olga Borodina. He also performed with Boston Opera in Shostakovich’s The Nose, where he returned in 2010 for Tancredi. 

Mr. Manucharyan joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 2007-08 covering the difficult role of Pylade in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride, and Alfredo in La Traviata, while continuing to do concert work in Boston, Eugene, Long Island, and in New York at Carnegie Hall, with the New York Chorale Society performing Berlioz Requiem.  He made his debut with San Diego Opera in 2008, continuing the expansion of his bel canto roles, as Leicester in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda.

In 2006-2007 Mr. Manucharyan appeared as Riccardo in Maria di Rohan by Donizetti at the Wexford Festival; then returned to Boston for Verdi Requiem; Gerald in Lakmé with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the New York City Opera; and Argirio in Rossini’s Tancredi at the Caramoor Festival.  He opened the 2006-2007 season of the Minnesota Opera as Rodrigo in Rossini’s La donna del lago. 

In 2004-2005 he made his New York City Opera debut as Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles. Early in the season he debuted the role of Lenski in Eugene Onegin at the Tulsa Opera, and the role of Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia withToledo Opera. He was tenor soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, then returned to Carnegie Hall for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the New York Choral Society, and performed the same opus with the Eugene Symphony

Other performances  included the Dvorak Stabat Mater with the Masterworks Chorale, and the Lukas Foss’ Griffelkin with theBoston Modern Orchestra Project, which was performed in Boston and at the Tanglewood Festival.  He debuted with theBaltimore Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.   He performed the role of Saro in Tigranian’s Anoush at theMichigan Opera Theater, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Baltimore Opera.

Mr. Manucharyan opened the 2003-2004 season as Alfredo in La traviata at the Tulsa Opera.  He made a dazzling debut as Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles with the Or Questa Symphonic del Estado de Mexico, then returned to Baltimore Opera to sing the Duke in Rigoletto, and back to the Or Questa Symphonic del Estado de Mexico as Rodolfo in La bohème. 

Mr. Manucharyan was guest soloist in a gala concert in Boston  celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of composer Aram Khachaturian, and for the first time he sang Alfredo in La traviata with the Boston Concert Opera. He closed the season at the Caramoor International Music Festival with the role of Potoskí in the world premiere of Donizetti’s long lost opera Elisabeth.

A native of Yerevan, Armenia, Mr. Manucharyan was first engaged in 1995 by the Armenian National Opera as a principal artist and sang leading roles, including Belmonte in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Cassio in Otello, Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Don Ramiro in La cenerentola. As featured soloist with State Philharmonic Orchestra from 1995 to 1998, Mr. Manucharyan performed in repertoire including Verdi’s Messa di Requiem, Bruckner’s Te Deum,  Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Berlioz’s Requiem.

 Yeghishe Manucharyan graduated from the Tchaikovsky Central Music School, earning a Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance.  He continued his studies at the Komitas State Conservatory, where he earned a master of Music in French Horn Performance and in Vocal Performance.   Thereafter, Yeghishe Manucharyan was selected to join Boston University’s internationally recognized Opera Institute where he received his Artist’s Diploma in 2001.

Erin SmithPraised for her “rich and beautiful voice” (Petoskey News-Review), soprano Erin M. Smith is quickly establishing herself as a versatile and dynamic performer throughout New England.

A frequent performer of opera, notable appearances include Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore with Opera Providence, Pamina in The Magic Flute with MetroWest Opera and Piccola Opera, Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen with Boston Opera Collaborative, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro with BayView Music Festival, Despina in Cosí fan Tutte with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Donna Elvira in an Educational Tour of Don Giovanni with Cape Cod Opera, and more. Additionally, Erin has performed as the featured soloist in opera concerts with the Hillyer Festival Orchestra and Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and performed in an educational tour of Mozart opera excerpts with Opera NH. As an oratorio soloist with notable choruses and orchestras throughout New England, Erin has performed the soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Magnificat and Dixit Dominus, Telemann’s Machet die Tore Weit and Faure’s Requiem. Erin has also performed numerous premieres of newly composed works and presented the Boston premier of Oliver Knussen’s Requiem: Songs for Sue with The Boston New Music Initiative chamber orchestra. Internationally, Erin has studied and performed in Italy and Austria.

Recent appearances include: the soprano solo Mozart’s Requiem with Symphony New Hampshire and The Granite State Choral Society, the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiahwith Chorus North Shore and The Harvard Annual Messiah Sing, the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with The Concord Chorale, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, concerts with The Boston New Music Initiative, The Concord Chorale and Falmouth Chorale, the soprano soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with Portsmouth Pro Musica and more.

A native of Michigan, Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Western Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Iowa. She currently operates her own voice studio and resides in Dover NH with her husband, composer Tim Davis, and their children.

 For more information, please visit www.erinmsmithsoprano.com.


July 20
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Maudslay Arts Center
95 Curzon Mill Road
Newburyport, MA 01950 United States
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