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Before Night Falls with Florida Grand Opera

Javier Abreu as Pepe and Wes Mason as Reinaldo with Fort Worth Opera

Javier Abreu as Pepe and Wes Mason as Reinaldo with Fort Worth Opera

Join us for Jorge Martín's gorgeous opera Before Night Falls based on the memoirs of Cuban dissident Reinaldo Arenas. 

The opera follows his trials and tribulations as a political prisoner disillusioned by the Cuban Revolution and persecuted by the Castro regime as a dissident writer and homosexual who was forced to smuggle his manuscripts abroad for publication.

It features a stellar cast which includes: Elliot Madore as Reinaldo, Dinyar Vania as Ovidio, Calvin Griffin as Víctor, Javier Abreu as Pepe, and Elizabeth Caballero as Reinaldo's Mother.  It will be conducted by Christopher Allen, and directed by David Gately. 

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Javier joins world famous singers for Opera benefit with Opera Orlando

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2016 AT 8PM

WALT DISNEY THEATER AT THE DR. PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Opera responds to the Pulse Night Club Tragedy with a benefit concert that supports the vital infrastructure that supports diversity and understanding in our community. Opera Orlando has coordinated a concert featuring some of the art form’s brightest national stars supported by professional musicians from throughout Florida.  Internationally-renowned David Charles Abell will conduct and legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes will be one of the evening’s hosts. Tickets are $25-$125 and go on sale August 19th. Opera Orlando will be joined by the Orlando Ballet and several opera companies from across the state including Opera Tampa, Opera Naples, St. Petersburg Opera, Sarasota Opera, First Coast Opera, and others.  Pulitzer Prize winners Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell will also be presenting a new vocal work at this concert.

Artists include sopranos Ana Maria MartinezSarah Joy Miller, and Cecilia Violetta Lopez, Mezzo-Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, tenors Cody Austin and Javier Abreu, and baritones Mark Walters and Davis Gaines, all joined by an over 50 piece orchestra from across greater Central Florida and a 150 voice mass chorus put together by opera companies from across the state.

Javier jumps in with the cast of FGO's The Barber of Seville!

Photo Credit: Brittany Mazzurco Muscato © Florida Grand Opera

Photo Credit: Brittany Mazzurco Muscato © Florida Grand Opera

Due to illness, tenor Andrew Owens cancelled Florida Grand Opera's matinee of The Barber of Seville on November 15th, 2015.  Javier filled in at the last minute to rave reviews!  Check them out!

"Abreu, a Puerto Rican tenor, was a delightful Almaviva, with a very Italianate sound that had muscle in the center of his register and a very attractive head voice. He is a slight, shortish man, which made him ideal physically as a partner for Ginther, and they looked persuasive as a couple. His voice was especially lovely in the “Se il mio nome” serenade to Rosina, one of the prettiest parts of the score; the sheer flexibility of his voice makes him well-suited for Rossini in general, and that FGO was able to land him at the last minute for this was a real stroke of good fortune." - Palm Beach Arts Paper
 
"Abreu steals the opera with his entrance and opening scene in Act Two as Alonso. His solid voice is sufficient but his willingness to stoop to just about anything in order to get his laughs is truly heroic." - ConcertoNet
 
"Two of the cast members proved nothing short of heroic. With Andrew Owens, who was to sing Count Almaviva in all performances, announced as indisposed, Miami-based tenor Javier Abreu was called in on a few days notice and, with just one rehearsal, gave a captivating portrayal of the aristocrat. Abreu’s compact voice was clear and easily filled the house. His ease in coloratura was evident immediately in “Ecco ridente” and his pianissimos in the serenade to Rosina were meltingly beautiful. His characterization was consistently funny as he took full advantage of his disguises as a drunken soldier and stammering music teacher." - South Florida Classical Review
 
"For the Sunday performance, Abreu nearly stole the show from the rest of the cast. With only one previous rehearsal he stepped on to the stage and owned the character.   Of course this was not the first "Barber" for Abreu, who has performed the role with several different opera companies during the course of his career. But even with a strange cast in an unfamiliar house, Abreu proved that he is a true operatic professional by delivering a star quality performance." - Edge Media Network

Javier joins IlluminArts for Songs of Pilgrimage and Thanksgiving

On Friday, November 13th at 7:30PM in Edson Chapel, Plymouth Congregational Church and IlluminArts invite you to enjoy Songs of Pilgrimage and Thanksgiving, featuring performances by Javier Abreu, Amanda Crider, Susan Hellman Spatafora and Mary Adelyn Kauffman Program to include music by Aaron Copland, William Bolcom, Gene Scheer, Carlos Buchardo, Astor Piazzolla, Antonin Dvorak and much more!

The Long Walk In OPERA NEWS

Javier Abreu (Castleman), Daniel Belcher (Brian Castner), David Blalock (Ricky), and Justin Hopkins (Jeff). 

Javier Abreu (Castleman), Daniel Belcher (Brian Castner), David Blalock (Ricky), and Justin Hopkins (Jeff). 

Lawrence Edelson, the new general and artistic director of Opera Saratoga, comes to the company from American Lyric Theater, where he has helped to spark and develop contemporary works during his time as producing artistic director. Edelson intends to do new works yearly in Saratoga. This summer included a notably successful world premiere — The Long Walk, by Jeremy Howard Beck, who turns thirty this year — that had been shepherded by ALT. Beck’s apt score, eclectically sourced but individual in timbre, represents one of the more effective integrations of rock elements (including two electric guitars) and prerecorded material I have ever heard. Despite relatively small instrumental forces, Beck managed a wide variety of textures and sustained narrative tension with shrewd rhythmic choices. Stephanie Fleischmann based the smart libretto — its occasional repetitions usually making a point — on Brian Castner’s 2012 memoir of overcoming ordnance-disposal service in Iraq and his resultant brain traumas and alienation from his heroic wife, Jessie, and their three children. The result gripped July 13’s matinée audience at the Spa Little Theater (the premiere had been on the 10th) and should be seen at other companies that have a relatively intimate stage and commitment to operatic work rooted in contemporary issues.

David Schweizer’s direction was consistently strong, deploying a fine cast realistically through a piece in which memories prove a frequent, unwanted reality for the protagonist. Split-focus scenes — upstairs and down, in Buffalo and in Iraq — were aided by Mimi Lien’s excellent two-level set, tucking the orchestra visibly into a glass booth on the lower portion. Steven Osgood’s expert musical direction presented Beck’s fine music strongly; occasionally the sound design gave the singing too generalized a resonance.
Saratoga’s cast could scarcely have been better, though the natural boyishness of Daniel Belcher (a bravura Brian in acting, verbal articulation and subtly applied tone color) sometimes undermined his status as a grizzled warrior. Belcher’s youthful affect was augmented by his usual attire of running shorts — the character begins and ends the opera running in the Buffalo suburbs, away from “WAS” and toward “IS.” 
Heather Johnson, her handsome mezzo rich, her treatment of words full of nuance, generated much sympathy as Jessie. She sang Jessie’s affecting top-of-Act II aria beautifully. Belcher shared many scenes, including a hushed, almost nostalgic quartet of bonding, with the singers embodying his explosive-disposal comrades, all now dead — trenchant tenor David Blalock (Ricky), consistently lyrical high tenor Javier Abreu (Castleman) and powerfully sonorous bass-baritone Justin Hopkins (Jeff). Fleischmann and Schweizer cleverly juxtaposed Brian’s conflicting loyalties to his three buddies and his children, played disarmingly by three fine trebles, Eric Schuett (Martin), Robert Wesley Hill (Virgil) and Henry Wager (Sam). 
Caroline Worra brought star presence and her shining tone and dead-on attacks to three sharply contrasting roles. Another fine soprano, Donita Volkwijn, also aced a trio of portraits. The spiritual-based military funeral scene, in which Volkwijn played with great dignity the widow of a fallen comrade of Brian’s, could be said to represent yet another appropriation of the African–American idiom by a Caucasian composer; yet the scene effectively opened out the hitherto tightly domestic story, introduced salutary formal elements visually and harmonically — and served as a reminder of how relatively high is the proportion of minority enlistment in today’s armed forces. This was a strong, moving show. — David Shengold

Javier joins the cast of The Barber of Seville with Syracuse Opera

I am excited to be joining Syracuse Opera's production of The Barber of Seville, which will have performances in April of this year. With a great cast that includes Lindsay Russell, Steven Condy, Marc Webster, and Luis Orozco, it promises to be quite a hoot!  

Jeffrey Buchmann directs, and Douglas Kinney Frost conducts the Syracuse Opera Orchestra.  

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The Collegiate Chorale Postpones Handel's Susanna

The Collegiate Choral has released a statement regarding the postponement of their upcoming concert:

Susanna by Handel

Bridging the genres of oratorio and ballad opera, Handel’s intriguing Susanna originally premiered at Covent Garden in 1749. Based on an Apocryphal chapter from the biblical Book of Daniel, Susanna tells the story of a virtuous young woman who is falsely accused of sexual promiscuity by two lecherous elders. Aided by the boy prophet Daniel, the true nature of the elders is exposed and Susanna is proven innocent. 

We regret that due to illness within the cast, The Collegiate Chorale has had to postpone this performance of Handel’s Susanna at Town Hall from February 3, 2015 to our 2015/16 season. If you are a ticket buyer, please return to point of purchase for a refund. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you, and hope you will join us for the rescheduled performance, with date and time to be confirmed. The rescheduled program will feature the same terrific cast: Isabel Leonard, Daniela Mack, Javier Abreu, and Zachary James, accompanied by Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Read the full press release

Fun photo shoot in preparation for Florencia en el Amazonas!

Javier Abreu (Arcadio), Zulimar López (Rosalba), Elizabeth Caballero (Florencia), and Keith Miller (Riolobo) star in Florencia en el Amazonas with Nashville Opera in January 2015. Photo by Reed Hummell

Javier Abreu (Arcadio), Zulimar López (Rosalba), Elizabeth Caballero (Florencia), and Keith Miller (Riolobo) star in Florencia en el Amazonas with Nashville Opera in January 2015.

Photo by Reed Hummell

The cast of Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas  gears up for performances with Nashville Opera on January 23, 25, and 27th at the James K. Polk Theater! 

You won't want to miss it.  Get your tickets today!!!

 

Javier sings Handel's Messiah in South Florida

 

 

Javier joins The Master Chorale of South Florida, and three other exceptional soloists in bringing this masterpiece to South Florida.

Become an honorary member of the Master Chorale of South Florida, as singers sit among audience members to create a community performance of one of classical music’s most popular work, Messiah. Singing and non-singing audience members alike will be treated to a wonderful evening of vocal soloists, riveting choruses, and the option to join in singing movements of Handel’s masterpiece, including everyone’s favorite Hallelujah chorus.

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Javier presents Recital in Miami Beach!

Spend an evening with us sharing some of our favorite music. You will enjoy a sampling of great post romantic and contemporary art song with some baroque thrown into the mix, including some Handel, Duparc, Ginastera, and Griffes.  

Please join us at the Miami Beach Community Church!

Javier Abreu, Tenor 
Mary Adelyn Kauffman, Piano 

Admission will be $10 (general)/$5 (student ID) at the door. 
Children under 12 attend free of charge.

Mary Adelyn Kauffman (piano)  and Javier Abreu (tenor) 

Mary Adelyn Kauffman (piano)  and Javier Abreu (tenor) 

Dr. Mary Adelyn Kauffman pianist, vocal coach and conductor, was a doctoral fellow at the University of Miami and former member of the Young Artist Program at the Greater Miami Opera before moving to Europe in 1993, after having completed her D.M.A. in Accompanying and Chamber Music under the tutelage of Dr. J. B. Floyd, Mr. Frank Cooper and Dr. Paul Posnak. Dr. Kauffman enjoyed a career as a free-lance pianist, coach and choral and orchestral conductor in Germany, Italy and Spain before accepting positions within the German state-supported opera system, first in Hildesheim and later in Chemnitz.


Javier starts 2014-15 season with Virginia Opera debut in Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd in Virginia Opera 2014 (Photo by Lucid Frame Productions)

Sweeney Todd in Virginia Opera 2014 (Photo by Lucid Frame Productions)

Virginia Opera opens the season with Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece: Sweeney Todd.  Javier will join a stellar cast, and will debut the role of Pirelli.  Adam Turner conducts, and Ron Daniels will direct this dark comedy. The cast also features Phyllis Pancella as Mrs. Lovett, Jake Gardner as Judge Turpin, and Stephen Powell as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Sweeney Todd.

 

For tickets and more information go to:

http://vaopera.org/season-tickets/2014-15-season/sweeneytodd.html

Javier launches new and improved javierabreu.com

We have revamped the look of www.javierabreu.com and added new features in an effort to keep you better informed of Javier's schedule, and new adventures. 

Check out all the upcoming engagements, as well as the media page, where you will find youtube videos, as well as soundcloud clips, and links to the commercial recordings in which he has participated!

There is tons more to come!