Chicago, ILFriday March 20, 2015 - 7:30 PM
Grammy Award–winning conductor John Nelson returns to lead the fifth annual Chicago Bach Project in a performance of J. S. Bach’s powerful St. John Passion, featuring top-tier Chicago musicians in the Chicago Bach Choir (Donald Nally, chorus master) and Orchestra, with a world-class roster of soloists. Since its inauguration in 2011, the Chicago Bach Project performances, sponsored by Soli Deo Gloria, “are among the highlights of the classical music season.” —Chicago Tribune
The program also includes a performance of Alpha and Omega, a moving a cappella choral work by renowned Scottish composer James MacMillan. Commissioned in 2011 by SDG Music Foundation with support from Crossway Publishers, the concise 6-minute work is based on a text from the New Testament Book of Revelation: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.”
Lisette Oropesa brought her limpid, plaintively expressive voice to the two soprano arias.— John von Rhein • Chicago Tribune
The arias sung at the start and close of this part introduce the soprano and tenor voices. Ms. Oropesa’s introductory piece, “Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten” (“I shall follow you likewise with joyful steps”), was sung with a nice sense of melodic evenness, emphasizing especially the central line, “mein Leben, mein Licht” (“my life, my light”). Her voice blended well with the double flute accompaniment.— Salvatore Calomino • Opera Today
Lisette has given 54 performances as Soprano.