Opera Mississippi announces the next concert in the Duling Hall Series, sponsored by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. Be My Love, A Tribute to the Mario Lanza Centennial, features the nationally renowned singer Peter Lake, a tenor whose voice has been compared to many opera giants. This concert will be on Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall in Jackson, MS. Tickets may be ordered online at operams.org for $30. Any remaining tickets, will be on sale at the door for $35.
In a night of song celebrating one of the greatest tenors of all time, Lake, accompanied by Jackson pianist Tyler Kemp, brings the music of Mario Lanza from the movies to the stage. Lanza dominated the silver screen and defined operatic singing for an entire generation. The program includes Grenada, Vesti la giubba, and Be My Love as well as a catalogue of hits in a cabaret celebrating the life and centennial of an unforgettable talent.
“Mario Lanza was one of the greatest singers of the 20th century. We are delighted to be able to celebrate his musical legacy,” said Dr. Jay Dean, artistic director of Opera Mississippi. “Hearing Peter Lake sing the songs that made Lanza famous such as “Be My Love,” “Granada,” and “O Solo Mio,” is going to truly make for a memorable evening. There’s nothing like hearing these iconic tunes sung live.”
Peter Lake, a Southern Miss alum, returns home to Mississippi for this one-night-only event. He is an internationally performing lyric-tenor who made his role debut as Alfredo in Mobile Opera’s La Traviata in October 2019. In April 2019 Peter made his house and role debuts with Pacific Opera Project and Opera in the Heights! as Pinkerton in their ground-breaking English-Japanese production of Madame Butterfly. In May of 2019 Peter made is role debut as Rodolfo in Natchez Music Festival’s production of La bohème, and in the spring of 2020 Peter made his house debut with Gulfshore Opera in his second Rodolfo in La bohème. This year Peter will be making another role debut with Opera in the Heights! as Lensky in their production of Eugene Onegin, and returning to Mobile Opera to sing Don José in Carmen.
For more information on tickets to this and the entire Opera Mississippi season, visit operams.org or call 601.960.2300.
NOTE: Duling Hall’s Updated COVID-19 Safety Protocol: Effective August 30, 2021, for the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and artists, entry to Duling Hall will require either proof of a full course COVID-19 vaccination, with their final dose at least fourteen days prior to the event or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the prior 72 hours. Accommodating this temporary policy will allow artists to earn a living, our staff to be employed, and live music to have a place in society again. We will keep everyone posted on any changes moving forward.