By Keely Laughlin for The Island Connection
Set the stage for Valentine’s Day with two of the nation’s finest opera performers: Saundra DeAthos and Harold Meers. The married duo, accompanied by pianist Andrea Molina, will explore the many facets of love as expressed in some of opera’s greatest masterpieces at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Turtle Point Clubhouse on Kiawah Island.
The concert will present smoldering operatic duets, arias and a few classic music theater selections depicting the varying aspects of love, from the exhilarating to the tragic, the pure to the forbidden and even unrequited to seductive.
Prior to the show, attendees are invited to enjoy a special Valentine’s Day dinner at Tomasso’s in the Turtle Point Clubhouse. The menu, available between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., is $80++ per couple and will include your choice of a bottle of red, white or sparkling wine. Reservations for dinner can be made by calling 843-2664070 and referencing the Arts Council event.
Lyric soprano DeAthos has been heralded for the remarkable quality of both her vocal and dramatic presentations. Excelling in a varied and broad repertoire and flourishing in the spotlight, she claimed principal assignments with the San Francisco Opera and with Western Opera Theater. In addition to regularly performing, she serves as associate professor of voice and head of opera for the College of Charleston.
Having garnered critical and popular praise for his passionate portrayal of Italian and French romantic repertoire, tenor Meers has established an international career, spanning from North America to Europe and Asia. He has appeared at such venues as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera and Glimmerglass Opera.
As a collaborative artist, conductor and music director, Molina gives master classes and recitals throughout Europe, North America and Central America and has recorded on the Centaur and New World labels. She is the principal pianist for the Heartland Festival Orchestra and serves as guest principal for the Peoria Symphony and the Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestras.
Tickets, at a cost of $10, are available at kiawahisland.org/events/.