July 28  |  6:00PM

Bernstein Centennial: Selections from West Side Story featuring Michael Fabiano & Larisa Martínez

The festival celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with music from one of the American master’s signature works: West Side Story, the 1957 musical that gave birth to such beautiful songs as “Maria,” “Tonight,” and “Somewhere.”

Those songs are part of the suite that will be performed by two commanding singers: tenor Michael Fabiano and soprano Larisa Martínez. They perform with Festival Orchestra NAPA and maestro Lawrence Foster in this very special concert honoring one of the 20th century's greatest composers.

A regular at the Met and San Francisco Opera, as well as at Festival Napa Valley, Fabiano has been celebrated for his “clarity and power” and his “heroic and translucent sound” (The Washington Post). And the dazzling Puerto Rican soprano Larisa Martínez, who wowed audiences performing with Joshua Bell and the Havana Chamber Orchestra last season, brings her warm quality of voice and unique timbre to tonight’s concert. The program also features the thrilling Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, in addition to other works.

 

Performers

Larisa Martínez
Larisa Martínez

Highly praised for her warm quality of voice and unique timbre, soprano Larisa Martínez was a 2016 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition PR district and has since established a strong and unique presence in the classical performance world.

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Michael Fabiano
Michael Fabiano

The recipient of the 2014 Richard Tucker Award and the 2014 Beverly Sills Artist Award, Michael Fabiano is the first person to win both awards in the same year and is considered one of the greatest tenors today. 

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Lawrence Foster
Lawrence Foster

American conductor Lawrence Foster is the Music Director of l’Opéra de Marseille, a position that he has held since 2013, and Conductor Laureate of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, which he led for ten years. Foster has been a guest conductor with many of the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies.

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Festival Orchestra NAPA
Festival Orchestra NAPA

Centered around a core of musicians from New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra led by concertmaster Laura Hamilton and conductor Joel Revzen, Festival Orchestra NAPA includes hand-picked musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Dallas Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, among others.

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Venue

First Republic Bank Stage at Lincoln Theater

The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater is a comprehensive performing arts center dedicated to the cultural and artistic wellbeing of the Napa Valley.  From presenting world-renowned artists and producing Symphony Napa Valley, to creating and sustaining arts education and access programs in schools and at our theater, the Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that nurtures the artists and audiences of tomorrow, while sustaining a more vibrant and engaged community today.
First Republic Bank Stage at Lincoln Theater