2018 Season

From Broadway to Opera

Special event at the Norris Cultural Arts Center

norriscenterWe are delighted to participate in the Norris Cultural Arts Center's 40th Anniversary season Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m., with a concert in the gallery, Soiree Lyrique: From Broadway to Opera.

Enjoy an afternoon of songs presented by the incomparable duo of soprano Solange Sior and tenor Franco Martorana, accompanied on the piano by Chiayi Lee. The performance will include all-time favorites and standards from musical theater, Italian songs, and opera.

The Norris Cultural Arts Center is located on the Norris Campus at 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles.

Tickets are $18.00. The box office phone number is 630-377-2555. The online ticketing link is: https://norris-cultural-arts.ticketleap.com/soiree-lyrique-from-broadway-to-opera/


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tosca illoApril 29, 2018, 2:00 pm
First United Methodist Church, 216 E Highland Ave, Elgin, IL

This staged production of Puccini’s very famous opera will be performed with a reduced orchestra provided by Chamber Music on the Fox, under the direction of Maestro Philip Morehead, a veteran of over thirty years as pianist and conductor at the renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Tosca is a story of overwhelming passion amidst the perils of war.  Set in Rome at the time of Napoleon’s advance on the city.

Floria Tosca, a celebrated singer      Tetyana Torzhevska, Soprano
Mario Cavaradossi, a painter   Simon Kyung Lee, Tenor
Baron Scarpia, chief of police   William Powers, Baritone
Cesare Angelotti, former Consul of the Roman Republic   Aaron Wardell, Baritone
A Sacristan   Eric J. McConnell, Bass-Baritone
Spoletta, a police agent   Maxwell Seifert, Baritone
Sciarrone, another agent   Jim Hinton, Bass-Baritone
A Jailer   Aaron Wardell, Baritone
A Shepherd Boy   Blake Buczkiewicz, Boy Soprano

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This magnificent church will set the stage for an impressive production by an all-star cast. Ukrainian dramatic soprano Tetyana Torzhevska will be in the leading role of Floria Tosca, a celebrated singer, tenor Simon Kyung Lee will be Mario Cavaradossi, the painter, and Metropolitan Opera baritone William Powers will be in the role of Scarpia, the chief of police.

In the supporting roles, baritone Maxwell Seifert will perform as Spoletta, a police agent, previously heard in Soirée Lyrique’s production of Die Fledermaus bass-baritone Eric J. McConnell will be the Sacristan, and baritone Aaron Wardell will perform the double roles of Angelotti and the Jailer.

Soirée Lyrique’s Young Vocal Artist 2017 Competition winner, boy soprano Blake Buczkiewicz will be highlighted as “The Shepherd Boy” as a reward for winning this competition, and Elginite Jim Hinton, winner of Division IV, will perform the supporting role of Sciarrone, Baron Scarpia’s orderly.  Soirée Lyrique’s Chorus and Children's Chorus will complete the cast for this exciting production.

The venue has offered us an artistically flexible venue, free parking, and easy handicapped access. This performance will be performed in the original Italian with projected English supertitles.

Tickets are $25 for adults if purchased in advance and $30 at the door.  Student tickets are available at $15.

(No children under 6 years old)

Order tickets at the box office at 847-622-9988 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Soirée Lyrique, NFP
326 Wilcox Ave
Elgin, IL 60123
(224) 595-1526

Soirée Lyrique is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt not-for-profit organization