Annual Opera Gala 

Lou Kosma, Conductor

October 12, 2019, Saturday 7:30 pm
Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy 

October 13, 2019, Sunday, 2:00 pm
Barre Opera House

In November, 2013 Chinese tenor YANG XU was selected to attend the Central Conservatory of Music’s Top Innovative Talent Development Program.  Between 2013 and 2018 he opened ten solo concerts in China.  In 2014 Mr. Xu was accepted as an exchange student with the Royal Danish Academy of Music.  That year he won first prize in the “Unge stemmer” competition in Denmark.  He returned to China in 2015 and won “Special Award” as the youngest winner of the competition “The Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music”.  Several opera performances followed this award.  He graduated from the The Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 2018 and is currently a graduate student at the Royal Danish Conservatory in Denmark. Mr. Xu is a recipient of the 2019 Bel Canto Institute Orchestral Performance Award.



Hyunji Kim, mezzo-soprano
Yang Xu, tenor

Overture to Nabucco                                                            Giuseppe Verdi

O dischiuso è il firmamento from Nabucco                                      Giuseppe Verdi

Hyunji Kim, soprano


Firenze è come un albero fiorito from Gianni Schicchi                            Giacomo Puccini

Yang Xu, tenor


La Preghiera from Norma                                                          Vincenzo Bellini

Hyunji Kim


Dance of the Slaves from Aída                                                  Giuseppe Verdi


Una furtiva lagrima from L'Elisir d'amore                              Gaetano Donizetti

Yang Xu


O Pallida from L'Amico Fritz                                                    Pietro Mascagni

Hyunji Kim


Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana                                       Pietro Mascagni


La donna è mobile from Rigoletto                                                     Giuseppe Verdi

Yang Xu


Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 “Italian”                       Felix Mendelssohn

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

Mezzo-soprano HYUNJI KIM received her undergraduate degree from the Yon Sai University in Korea, after which she received a Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City.  Currently she is in the Professional Study program at Manhattan School of Music.  Ms. Kim has performed solo and in ensembles at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City, as well as with the University of Korea.  Hyunji Kim is a recipient of the 2019 Bel Canto Institute Performance Award and the 2019 Bel Canto Institute Orchestral Performance Award.