Romance may be contagious on Valentine’s Day, but Opéra Louisiane’s love songs aren’t limited to just one day.
The opera company will take listeners on a journey of love through the four seasons in its Valentine’s Day Concert, “Love Knows No Season,” on Saturday.
“Our big thing is to make this an event and not just a concert,” says Leanne Clement, the company’s general director.
Hors d’oeuvres will be served before the concert, she says.
“There will be plenty of room,” she adds, “and we have things to give to those who attend, so you’ll be leaving with more than you came with.”
The evening’s highlight will be the music performed by guest artists, soprano Chelsea Basler and baritone Alexander Elliott accompanied by the company’s artistic director Michael Borowitz on piano and cellist Susannah Montandon.
“They’ll be performing songs from opera and Broadway, and Michael has done a beautiful job of putting this concert together,” Clement says. “The Broadway songs are older tunes, but they’re some of the most heartfelt songs, and the audience will feel as if they’ve journeyed through the seasons. Michael has arranged a program where spring goes into summer and summer into fall and so on.”
Both Basler and Elliott have been praised by Opera News magazine for past performances. Basler is a member of the Santa Fe Opera and is a past member of the Boston Lyric Opera.
In January, she sang the title role in Pasadena Opera’s production Carlisle Floyd’s American opera, “Susannah,” and she will return to the Boston Lyric Opera in the spring to sing the role of Valencienne in their new production of “The Merry Widow.”
Elliott’s 2015-16 season began in October with his role debut as Marcello in Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème” with the Tulsa Opera. He also will perform in the Portland Opera’s inaugural 2016 festival season in two role debuts.