Opera Gala

Lou Kosma, Conductor

October 14, 2017, Saturday 8:00 pm
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe

October 15, 2017, Sunday, 2:00 pm
Barre Opera House

Letitia Quante recently moved to northern Vermont where she homesteads and currently plays with Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, ME2 String Orchestra, Burlington Ensemble, and Vermont Virtuosi. In 2010 she recorded a double CD set for Sony Classical with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in NYC and toured China with Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. In 2011, following the release of the recording My Mexican Soul, Letitia went on multiple tours to Mexico and throughout the USA with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. These performances included playing for ten thousand people at the Mexican Bicentennial celebration in Mexico City, playing with Sarah Chang in Napa Valley, and with Bajofondo at the LA Disney Hall. Letitia has worked with diverse musicians such as Kanye West, The Sketches, and Natalia Lafourcade, as well Singapore Symphony and New World Symphony. Letitia started violin at age three (Suzuki method) and studied at the Hartt music school with Mr. David Einfeldt. There she won numerous awards, competitions, and performed concerts in Australia (Sydney Opera House), Japan (where she played for the Emperor and Dr. Suzuki), Connecticut, NYC (Carnegie Hall), Belgium, France, and Hungary. Her quartet also won the honor of being coached by the Grammy award winning Emerson Quartet. At 11 she entered the Juilliard pre-college division where she minored in conducting and continued winning performance opportunities both as a soloist in NYC and with her quartet. After graduating high school at 15, Letitia moved to NYC where she worked as a violinist and as apprentice conductor to the NYC Youth Symphony and completed her Suzuki teacher training. Returning to conservatory, Letitia completed her BMA in violin with full scholarship at the Peabody Conservatory, studying under Mr. Victor Danchenko. While living in Maryland, Letitia played principal with Mid-Atlantic Symphony, assistant concertmaster to Lancaster Symphony, and concertized with many other ensembles in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.



Helle Gössler Christensen, soprano
Winner of the Bel Canto Institute and 

Letitia Quante, Newly Appointed Concertmaster

Preludio (Rigoletto)  - Giuseppe Verdi 

Caro nome (Rigoletto)   - Giuseppe Verdi
Helle Gössler Christensen, soprano

Notturno Op.70. No. 1   - Giuseppe Martucci 

Volta la terrea fronte (Un Ballo in maschera)  - Giuseppe Verdi
Helle Gössler Christensen

Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op.3 No. 6 - Antonio Vivaldi
Letitia Quante, violin

Saper vorreste (Un Ballo in maschera)  - Giuseppe Verdi
Helle Gössler Christensen

Quel guardo il cavaliere....so anch'io la virtù magica (Don Pasquale)  - Gaetano Donizetti
Helle Gössler Christensen

Fontane di Roma   - Ottorino Respighi 

Tickets for Stowe are $20 in advance at www.sprucepeakarts.org or $25 at the door.  

Tickets for Barre are $20 ($15 for senior and $5 for students) and can be purchased either in advance from barreoperahouse.org or at the door.

Danish soprano Helle Gössler Christensen received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen where she is now pursuing her Master’s Degree.  Ms. Christensen has sung in concerts and oratorios in Europe, Asia and the United States, has performed on Danish Radio as well as for the Queen of Denmark and the Danish Prime Minister.  Some of the awards she has received include the Danish Friends of the Opera, Audience Prize, Young Singers in Denmark Prize, Talent of the Year Prize.  She is recipient of the 2017 Bel Canto Institute Performance Award and the 2017 Bel Canto Institute Orchestral Performance Award.