Daniel Lipton, the man who personified opera in Hamilton will be back in town and reunited with The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra to present An Evening at the Opera Saturday, January 16 at 7:30pm at Hamilton Place.
Maestro Daniel Lipton will conduct a recognizable program of operatic music from across the ages, from Mozart’s Don Giovanni; “Nessun Dorma.” Puccini’s Turandot,; and “Seguidilla” from Bizet’s Carmen, one of the most popular operas of all time.
Since his arrival in Hamilton in 1986, Daniel Lipton, former artistic director of the now defunct Opera Hamilton, worked tirelessly to bring Hamilton prominence on the Canadian opera scene.
Maestro Lipton regularly guest conducts throughout the world and is known for appearances with Théâtre de l’Opéra de Nice, Concerts Colonne in Paris, Nationaltheater in Mannheim, Sadler’s Wells, the Philharmonia in London, Spoleto Festival and many more.
HPO Principal Double Bass Rob Wolanski has played with the HPO since 1994 and recollects, “It was many years ago, as an engineering student at McMaster, that I first heard the HPO in Hamilton Place playing Verdi under Daniel Lipton. Then and there I decided to devote my life to music. It’s so wonderful to now be a part of this orchestra and welcome Maestro Lipton back to conduct a concert of operatic favourites!”
This concert also features talented guest soloists including soprano Claire Coolen, tenor Cody Austin and baritone Chad Armstrong. Hamilton based mezzo-soprano Mia Lennox returns to the HPO stage, having performed Sappho de Mytilene with the HPO during their 2014 What Next Festival of New Music. Her career balances opera, concert and recital work, and past seasons included appearances with the Toronto Philharmonia in de Falla’s Three Cornered Hat and soloist with the Kingston Symphony and Peterborough Festival in Handel’s Messiah.