Welcome to Harbor Country Opera!
For the past decade we have been bringing the highest level of classical vocal performance to Harbor Country. Our productions have been made affordable to all, due to support from local residents, businesses and especially the Pokagon Fund. Where else could you see The Magic Flute, Carmen, La Traviata, Pagliacci, Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, or Metropolitan Opera singers like Isola Jones and Nathan Gunn for $25? How about Les Miserables or Phantom of the Opera? Our Christmas show has become a beloved local tradition. Some evenings have featured songs from Broadway and the great American songbook, as well as the superlative songs of Edith Piaf, Kurt Weill and Jacques Brel, even visits from the Other 3 Tenors, the winners of the Fischoff Wind Competition, the Pacifica Quartet and a piano recital by Anatoliy Torchinskiy.
Harbor Country Opera is dedicated to the memory of our good friends Larry Frankle and Quincy White.
PHANTOM LE MIS
All the best songs from both Les Mis and Phantom made for one of the most popular evenings of singing in our ten year history. Tenor John Concepcion directed and starred with a fabulous cast including baritone Warren Moulton--whose terrific rendition of "Stars" was the hit of the night. See the link to it on our website. Available on HD DVD at
BACK IN TOWN
Back in Town was the brain-child of our musical mentor Gail Isaacson, who not only helped Martha Cares and I choose the songs, but served as advisor to our great director Arnie Saks, who has continued his relationship with us as a member of the board of Harbor Country Opera. Audience demand forced a second performance. DVD available at
Nathan Gunn is one of those rare opera stars who enjoys the intimacy of the recital. I met him when we sang together at the Lyric Opera of Chicago He took to the charm of the Acorn with a relish that was shared by the sold out house. Of course we could have sold out many times over. It was an evening no one who was privileged to experience it will soon forget.
Isola sang at the Met for 20 years after I knew her in Chicago. She happened to be on the same program with me for a concert in Arizona, and the rest is history. Her rendition of Summertime and Rusalka's song to the moon were heart-stoppingly beautiful.
Puccini's La Boheme, with sets by Chicago designer Robert Smith, and accompanied by the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, was our most satisfying success. The performances by soprano Amy Fuller as Mimi and tenor Isaac Hurtado as Rodolpho had knowledgeable audience members comparing our production favorably to their experiences with the major opera companies of New York and Chicago. Blu-ray HD available with sub-titles at