NATCHITOCHES –Northwestern Opera Theater will present "Amore senza fine" Monday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom. Tickets are $10. Admission is free for Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students with a current student I.D.
"Amore senza fine" is an operatic journey exploring love, fidelity, betrayal and all the wonders and horrors opera brings when it comes to romance. Featured performers are Northwestern State faculty Dr. Stefan Gordon and Dr. Chialing Hsieh along with special guest Michelle Lange.
Gordon has performed in operas, theaters, churches, and in concert in productions in Germany, Austria, Italy and across America. He has created two leading roles in American opera premieres, participating in both Arizona Opera workshops of Craig Bohmler’s “New Opera Riders of the Purple Sage” as the villainous Elder Tull. With Ohio Light Opera he premiered the role of romantic lead James Paradene in the first complete performance of Jerome Kern’s “The Cabaret Girl” in the United States, a role he recorded with Albany Records.
As an administrator and director, Gordon led casting and helped in the creation of a new opera production of Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” with more than 200 performances in Vienna, Austria. He directed Rapides Symphony’s production of “Die Zauberfloete” and will serve as Assistant Director for Natchez Music Festival’s productions of “Il barbiere di Siviglia” and “Camelot” and Vienna Summer Institute’s production of “Don Giovanni.” Gordon received his Doctor of Musical Arts at Arizona State, holds a master in music from Florida State, and a bachelor in music from the University of Utah.
Hsieh is an active solo and collaborative pianist with a large repertoire of both standard and lesser-known works from the Baroque to the present. She was a winner in the First Youth Piano Competition in Taiwan and has performed solo recitals in Europe, North America and Asia. As a collaborative pianist, Hsieh has performed recitals with renowned musicians including Joseph Alessi, Catharine Carroll, Steven Cohen, Massimo La Rosa, Timothy McAllister, Nathan Nabb and the Oasis Saxophone Quartet. Hsieh has been a featured pianist on six CD’s for the Centaur, Innova and Ballpark record labels.
Hsieh performs at a variety of regional and national conferences and accompanies at several competitions in the United States—including the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition and the District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from the National Taipei University of the Arts, and M.M. and D.M.A. in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
Video of Gordon discussing the performance is available at youtube.com/watch?v=pzKrTOT5pbU.