Performed by the Tri-Cities Opera Resident Artists.
Show some love with a personalized musical message for Valentine’s Day! Each ariagram features new English lyrics to the tune of a familiar opera song, or aria. In fill-in-the-blank Mad Libs style, you’ll be the poet by telling your loved one exactly what makes them so special. Your custom ariagram will be recorded by our artists and emailed to you and your valentine via a video link. Choose from the following options:
OH, MY BELOVED — Approx. 60 seconds
(to the tune of “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi)
Performed by Melissa Joseph, soprano
With a gorgeous soaring melody, this Valentine’s Day wish is love, pure and simple. Craft the perfect poem for showering your friend, family member, or significant other with affection.
THINKING OF YOU — Approx. 60 seconds
(to the tune of “Nessun dorma” from Turandot)
Performed by Brad Bickhardt, tenor
The perfect “note” of appreciation for your hairstylist, dog groomer, best friend, or really anyone! Let your valentine know how much you value them.
MY ONE DESIRE — Approx. 50 seconds
(to the tune of the Habanera from Carmen)
Performed by Amanda Staub, mezzo-soprano
Turn up the heat with this sultry number that is sure to win the heart of the one you admire. The evocative lyrics offer lots of opportunities for revealing hidden desires.
SONG OF ADMIRATION — Approx. 60 seconds
(to the tune of “Bella siccome un angelo” from Don Pasquale)
Performed by Robert Flora, baritone
The perfect singing valentine for the people in your life who inspire you! Show your gratitude with a customized song of admiration for each of your shining stars.
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Soprano Melissa Joseph is a hopeless romantic who’s excited to spread love this season through the magic of beautiful melodies. You may remember her as Sally from Stone Soup, but she won’t be serving up stones for Valentine’s Day, just heartfelt opera tunes to make your sweetheart swoon.
Mezzo-soprano Amanda Staub is a multifaceted performer of a range of operatic roles. You may recognize her as Monkey Queen and Lord Tiger in Monkey & Francine in the City of Tigers or from Tri-Cities and Annapolis Opera’s video production of Acis and Galatea. Look for her this spring as Tisbe in La Cenerentola (Cinderella).
Tenor Brad Bickhardt is an exciting and vibrant performer of the operatic and musical theatre canon across the country. He is excited to share in the love this Valentine’s Day through the gift of music! You may remember seeing Brad around Binghamton as a TCO Resident Artist this year. You can catch him in upcoming appearances with Opera Ithaca, Tri-Cities Opera, and Arizona Opera.
Baritone Robert Flora knows how important it is to share the love with that special someone! He’ll help you send your appreciation in the best way possible: with an aria! You may have seen Robert as Belcore in The Elixir of Love last spring. In the coming months, you can also catch him as Max in Stone Soup and as Papageno in Binghamton University’s production of Die Zauberflöte.
Pianist and Tri-Cities Opera Assistant Conductor, John Cockerill, knows nothing says, “I love you,” like a song. He’s excited to help you share the love with some favorite opera tunes! Part of the TCO family since 2018, you may have seen him on stage, in the orchestra pit, or at the podium for productions, concerts, and special events.