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Sunday, March 14th, 2021 at 5pm Pacific / 7:00 pm Central / 8:00 pm Eastern.
(Includes extended viewing access of the recording through Sunday, March 21st)

Hershey Felder, PUCCINI is the story of a young musician in love with the world of opera, and in particular Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly.  When, through a series of unusual circumstances, the young musician meets the musical master himself, secrets are revealed that send the young man soaring.

With special guests, baritone Nathan Gunn, soprano Gianna Corbisiero and tenor Charles Castronovo, this new Hershey Felder creation will spur the imagination and move the musical soul.

Filmed and performed on location in Lucca, Italy, in the very home where Giacomo Puccini was born, this new work featuring Hershey Felder and three world-renowned opera stars promises to be a very special event. 

Tickets: $55 per household

Purchase includes the live broadcast AND a week of extended “on-demand” viewing access to the recording of the live broadcast (available one-hour after the live broadcast ends). Viewing access ends on Sunday, March 21st at 11:59pm PST.

Tickets cannot be transferred or shared. There are no refunds.

You will receive a viewing LINK on Friday, March 12th, 2021 (2 days before the live stream) to the email entered at time of purchase.

Hershey Felder’s arts broadcasting company, Hershey Felder Presents – Live from Florence, produces high quality streaming arts programming for international audiences, both for the period while theatres remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond. This sumptuously filmed production provides home audiences with a front row seat as Felder presents another masterwork, this time delving into Puccini’s life and music. 

Filmed and performed on location in Lucca, Italy, in the home where Giacomo Puccini was born, Hershey Felder, PUCCINI promises to be a truly special event, with Gunn, Corbisero and Castronovo performing many of the beloved arias from Puccini’s La bohème, ToscaMadama Butterfly and Turandot.

Since the start of the pandemic, Felder’s live streams have generated over $2 million in sales. Felder has donated 80% of these proceeds to international theatres, arts organizations, schools, artists and publications that have been financially impacted by the worldwide health crisis. 

Hershey Felder, PUCCINI is directed by Felder & Stefano Decarli, with associate direction by Trevor Hay. Production design is by Hershey Felder. Film production and live editing is by the DeCarli Live film company. Live broadcast and sound design production are by Erik Carstensen. Line producer is Annette Nixon. Meghan Maiya is the Director of Development and Research. Costumes and Hair are by Camilla Saccardi. 

Biographies

Hershey Felder (Writer & Performer). Named to Time Magazine’s 2016 Top 10 Plays and Musicals, Hershey Felder has played over 6,000 performances of his self-created solo productions at some of the world’s most prestigious theatres, consistently breaking box office records. American Theatre Magazine has said, “Hershey Felder is in a category all his own.” His shows include: George Gershwin Alone (Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre, West End’s Duchess Theatre); Monsieur ChopinBeethoven; Maestro (Leonard Bernstein); Franz Liszt in MusikLincoln: An American StoryHershey Felder as Irving BerlinOur Great Tchaikovsky; and A Paris Love Story. His compositions and recordings include Aliyah, Concerto for Piano and OrchestraFairytale, a musicalLes Anges de Paris, Suite for Violin and PianoSong SettingsSaltimbanques for Piano and OrchestraEtudes Thematiques for Piano; and An American Story for Actor and Orchestra. Hershey is the adaptor, director and designer for the internationally performed play-with-music The Pianist of Willesden Lane with Steinway artist Mona Golabek; producer and designer for the musical Louis and Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara, directed by Taylor Hackford; and writer and director for Flying Solo, featuring opera legend Nathan Gunn. Hershey has operated a full-service production company since 2001, and in 2020 created a new brand, Live from Florence, that operates a “theatre at home broadcast company,” based in Florence, Italy. Previous broadcasts have included Hershey Felder as Irving BerlinHershey Felder, BeethovenHershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone; Hershey Felder as Claude Debussy in A Paris Love StoryHershey Felder, TchaikovskyHershey Felder as Sholem Aleichem in Before Fiddler; Hershey Felder, Backstory – The Story Behind the Creation of Berlin, Gershwin & Bernstein; and Cooking French in Florence with Jeff Thickman & Hershey Felder. The Hershey Felder Presents – Live from Florence 2020-21 Season of broadcasts will also include Hershey Felder as Sergei Rachmaninoff in Anna & Sergei. Hershey has been a scholar-in-residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music and is married to Kim Campbell, the first female Prime Minister of Canada.

Nathan Gunn has performed many of opera and musical theatre’s greatest roles on the world’s most prestigious stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera in London, Paris Opéra, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Theater an der Wien Vienna, Teatro Real Madrid, and Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Brussels. He has been seen and heard on television, radio, video, and live simulcast performances, including the first ever Met in HD broadcast (The Magic Flute), in which he sang Papageno, one of his signature roles. Nathan has reinterpreted other classic roles such as Billy Budd, Figaro, and Don Giovanni, garnering awards including the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording (Billy Budd) and the Metropolitan Opera’s first ever Beverly Sills Award. Gunn has also been widely acclaimed for his ability to cross over into musical theatre, including performances with the New York Philharmonic in Carousel and Camelot, the televised celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday, and collaborations with musical theatre stars including Mandy Patinkin, Kelli O’Hara, Audra McDonald, and Kristin Chenoweth. Gunn’s one-man autobiographical show Flying Solo, produced and written by Hershey Felder, has been lauded as a “riveting autobiographical musical [that] is a stunner both with its touching, relatable, family-centric narrative and Gunn’s entertaining, charismatic performing style.” (Broadway World).

Declared “luminous” by Opera NewsGianna Corbisiero has performed the title roles in ToscaLa bohèmeLa traviataPagliacciSuor AngelicaGianni SchicchiLe nozze di FigaroDon GiovanniThe Magic FluteCarmenIl barbiere di Siviglia and Falstaff at major opera houses throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, under the baton of conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, and Charles Dutoit. She has performed with Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming, and Marcelo Alvarez. For Bravo Canada she recorded episodes of television’s “Opera Easy,” performing excerpts from La bohème, La traviata, Tosca and Norma, and made her cinema debut singing “O mio babbino caro” in the film Elephant Song, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Corbisiero’s many honors and awards include a special prize from the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition, Top Prize in the Canadian Music Competition, and First Prize from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation.

Charles Castronovo has been acclaimed internationally as one of the finest lyric tenors of his generation. Castronovo has sung at most of the world’s leading opera houses, including San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera. Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Paris Opera, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie Brussels, and many others. He starred in the title role of Daniel Catan’s Il Postino opposite Placido Domingo in the work’s World Premiere in Los Angeles, as well as in Paris and Santiago. His repertoire spans from the great Mozart tenor roles in Don GiovanniCosí fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte, to Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Alfredo in La traviata. In recent seasons, Castronovo won wide acclaim for his performances as the title role in Faust, Romeo in Roméo et Juliette, the Duke in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La bohème and Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How will I receive the LIVE STREAM LINK?  Your LIVE STREAM LINK will be sent to you on Friday, March 12th, via the email you used to register for this event. If you do not see the email on March 12th, check your spam folder. 
  • What if I experience technical difficulties or am unable to view the LIVE STREAM? New Orleans Opera is not responsible for technical difficulties on your home devices or any issues with your local broadband or wifi.  However, there is online support available to help you as much as we can. Contact events@hersheyfelderpresents.com for online support. ALSO, if you do have technical difficulties, please remember that your purchase includes the live stream AND an additional week of “on demand” viewing access to a video recording of the live stream (available one-hour after the live broadcast ends). For troubleshooting tips, click HERE.
  • What if the LIVE STREAM buffers while I am watching? Don’t worry – you can watch what you missed in the recording later. The recording will be available to you for 1-week after the event. For troubleshooting tips, click HERE.
  • What’s the refund policy? There are no refunds for this event.
  • Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable? No transfers or sharing.
  • May I give this as a gift or purchase access for multiple households? Yes, you may gift access to friends and family! To do so, you will need to make a separate purchase for each household and provide a different name and email address associated with that viewing household. The confirmation email will go directly to them. 
  • How do I contact the organizer if I have questions? You can email events@hersheyfelderpresents.com with questions. They will get back to you as soon as possible and we appreciate your patience.
  • Additional “How To Watch a HFP Live Stream” Instructions can be found HERE.