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September 22, 2018 7:30pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall


LA REINE DE SABA (THE QUEEN OF SHEBA)
By Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
UNITED STATES PREMIERE
Presented in concert, Performed in French with English supertitles

Balkis, the famed Queen of Sheba, arrives in Jerusalem to meet her betrothed, King Solomon. But the beautiful and powerful Queen instead finds herself drawn to Solomon’s master architect Adoniram. What follows is a dramatic struggle between love and obligation, filled with intrigue, jealousy, and betrayal. A classic French Grand Opera from the composer who wrote Faust. This forgotten masterpiece, inspired by Gérard de Nerval’s book Le voyage en Orient, is resurrected by Odyssey Opera for one night only at Jordan Hall. Don’t miss this powerful love story in an annual concert event that has become the heralded start to the Boston classical music season.

“it was a revelation”

–South Shore Critic

Cast and Creative

Kara Shay Thomson

Kara Shay Thomson
QUEEN OF SHEBA

Dominick Chenes

Dominick Chenes
ADONIRAM

Kevin Thompson

Kevin Thompson
KING SOLOMON

Michelle Trainor

Michelle Trainor
BÉNONI

Matthew DiBattista

Matthew DiBattista
AMROU

David Kravitz

David Kravitz
PHANOR

David Salsbery Fry

David Salsbery Fry
MÉTHOUSAËL/ SADOC

Gil Rose
CONDUCTOR

Media

Photos and video by Kathy Wittman / Ball Square Films.