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state of mississippi office of the governor

Dear Friends: Marsha and I welcome you to “Renée Fleming: The Voice of the Century” and to the city of Jackson. We are extremely proud to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Mississippi Opera and the centennial anniversary of The University of Southern Mississippi. Both are a testament to the extraordinary artistic achievement for which our state is known. I would also like to extend a warm Mississippi welcome to Ms. Fleming. Her outstanding career has taken her to the world’s premier opera houses and concerts halls, and we are honored she has chosen to share her gift with us tonight. To all of our guests, I hope you will enjoy our fine Mississippi cuisine, visit our museums, or participate in our numerous cultural events during your stay in Jackson. There is something for everyone to enjoy in our unique Southern city. Again, welcome to this wonderful concert featuring the talented Renée Fleming. Mississippi is pleased to host such a world-renowned artist, and I hope each of you enjoy your experience this evening. Sincerely,

haley barbour

the university of southern mississippi office of the president

On behalf of The University of Southern Mississippi, our faculty, staff, students and alumni, I am honored to welcome you to the opening concert of our Centennial and celebration of Mississippi Opera’s 65th anniversary. The arts programs are cornerstones of our university, and none shines more brightly than our symphony orchestra, which has been bringing the world to Mississippi for 89 years. Tonight’s performance with internationally acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming firmly establishes our commitment to high-quality arts events that enrich lives and continue our legacy of cultural excellence. This exciting evening is just the start of a host of events to mark our 100 years of service to the state, country and world. We invite you to join us throughout the year as we showcase the best Southern Miss has to offer. Have a wonderful evening and enjoy the concert! Southern Miss to the Top!

dr. martha d. saunders aa/eoe/adai uc 62002 1.10

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mississippi opera alan mann Artistic Director

Elizabeth Buyan Executive Director

Sherry Harfst Director of Marketing

On behalf of the Mississippi Opera Board of Directors, we welcome you to Mississippi Opera’s 65th anniversary season. Tonight, we are honored to join The University of Southern Mississippi as they celebrate their Centennial with this presentation of “Renée Fleming: The Voice of the Century.” Opera is the most comprehensive performance art form and provides avenues for music lovers of all ages. As the 10th-oldest opera company in the country, we are known for showcasing world-class talent and growing our own talent. This year is no exception. We have invited national and international stars to share the stage with our own cast of outstanding local performers. This fall, we presented The Best of Opera Choruses in conjunction with the Jackson Choral Society and The Mississippi Chorus. For the spring, we will present Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr. These performances could not be possible without the commitment of our Mississippi supporters, performers, volunteers, and individual and corporate contributors. As we celebrate our 65th season, please join our efforts. As a volunteer or member of the Mississippi Opera Guild, you can play a vital role in our educational outreach or provide much-needed assistance in the hospitality area. Finally, we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible charitable contribution as we continue our commitment to the performing arts in Mississippi. Thank you for joining us tonight and thank you in advance for your help and support to the Mississippi Opera.

Voice of the Century Sponsors lee ann mayo board president

this evening’s performance is made possible through the generous support of the following:

platinum circle $25,000+

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silver circle

$10,000 - $14,999+

grand benefactor $5,000 - $9,999


$1,000 - $4,999 Adams and Reese LLP AT&T Butler Snow Entergy F.E.B. Distributing Co. Inc. Fine Arts Institute of Mississippi Hederman brothers printing Mr. and Mrs. Dean Keller Nora Frances and Vaughan McRae The Mississippi Opera Guild Kenneth B. Shearer Mr. and Mrs. Jerry M. Sullivan Jr. the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation Dr. Charles Williams Wise, Carter, Child & Caraway, p.a.


$500 - $999 Mr. Mark A. Ackal Brent and Jane Alexander

Dr. Nancy Collins Lynda Ann Costas John Czarnetzky Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Donald Mr. and Mrs. Luke Dove Katherine Flynt Brenda Fulkerson Stephen D. Greaves Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hauberg Jr. Dr. Juliana Cran Henderson Clare L. Hester Michael E. and Mary G. Jabaley Horace and Mary Jordan Jim and Charlene Keith Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Lobrano Mr. Hugh Love Dr. Heddy-Dale Matthias Lee Ann Mayo W. Holt McMullan John E. Milner Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Mounger Harold C. Patin Jim Payne Greg and Jennifer Schulmeier Mr. and Mrs. James W. Snider Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Leland R. Speed Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stover Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Sutherland Dr. and Mrs. Michael Winkelmann Mr. and Mrs. J. Collins Wohner Jr.


$250 - $499 Hogan Allen Elbert and Betty Bivins Mrs. W. Chester Brewer Jean B. Butler Mr. and Mrs. Hendrik D. Carleton Tippy and Bob Garner Craig K. Hallstrom Elizabeth and David Maron Mr. Richard McRae Sr. Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Mobley Jr. Don and Becky Potts Mr. and Mrs. James L. Robertson Mr. and Mrs. William E. Simmons III Bill and Cecile Wardlaw

the nightingale vip reception is sponsored by

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The University of Southern Mississippi: a century of progress and service

On March 30, 2010, The University of Southern Mississippi will turn 100 years old. Renée Fleming’s concert this evening is the first event in a yearlong celebration of our institution’s first century of growth. Southern Miss, as the institution is affectionately known, was chartered by a legislative act on March 30, 1910, under the name Mississippi Normal College. Five main buildings (The Honor House, The Ogletree Alumni House, Forrest County, College and Hattiesburg Halls) still survive from that first year of construction. Classes began for 227 students on September 20, 1912, with a curriculum dedicated to the preparation of teachers for the rural schools of Mississippi. The first president was a tough-minded school superintendent from Columbus, Mississippi, Dr. Joe Cook, who would later become a powerful voice for education in the state legislature. Originally awarding only teacher’s certificates, the college offered its first Bachelor of Science degree in 1922. In 1924 the institution was rechristened State Teachers College, the initials of which may still be seen in the intaglio above the platform of Bennett Auditorium, where the university symphony performs. The next 15 years were a period of important growth for the fledgling institution, with many new buildings under construction (including the primary landmark of the campus, the Administration Building with its iconic copper dome), a much-expanded curriculum, a football team, a marching band, a symphony orchestra and chorus, and a school newspaper all well established. In 1932 the college was placed under the governance of the state constitutional body, the Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning. By 1940 the need for a comprehensive college in the southern part of the state was apparent, and the name was changed, once again, to Mississippi Southern College. The end of World War II proved a boom time for MSC, as it did for most institutions in the United States. In 1947 a graduate program was established, beginning with a Master of Arts in education but expanding rapidly. The post-war presidents proved invaluable in moving the developing college forward both in the state and regionally. Dr. William David McCain was inaugurated as president in 1955, and his 20 years in office marked the period of the institution’s most prolific growth. President McCain governed with the iron hand of his military background. He oversaw important curricular reforms

(including the first doctoral programs in 1959), reorganized the academic structure into colleges governed by deans, and vowed to keep the campus “muddy or dusty with construction.” His primary wish was achieved when the legislature recognized the institution as The University of Southern Mississippi in 1962. In 1975 Dr. Aubrey Keith Lucas was installed as university president. His tenure oversaw the progression of the university into a fully comprehensive institution of higher learning devoted to research and service as well as teaching. His lodestone was the creation of a “distinguished university,” and his 21 years of diligent service helped make that seemingly distant goal a reality. President Lucas was an advocate of faculty governance, and under his presidency the committee system evolved and is still in place. His had the longest tenure of any president, and Dr. Lucas continues to serve as an active and eager member of the faculty. The four-and-a-half years of President Horace Fleming (1997-2001) were hallmarked by a new era of strategic planning, forging a mission and vision for well into the next century. The era of President Shelby Thames (2002-07) was vital in increasing the viability of external funding and research grants. His academic reorganization streamlined the number of colleges from eight to five. President Martha Dunagin Saunders, the university’s first female president and a Hattiesburg native, took the reins in May 2007. Few will forget the standing ovation she received at her first appearance on campus as her radiant smile and dynamic leadership style immediately made a strong first impression. The first two years of her presidency have headlined an advance in long-range financial planning, environmental sensitivity and widespread construction, both in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast campuses.

Mississippi Opera: celebrating 65 years

The Jackson Opera Guild was organized in 1945, spearheaded by the efforts of Mignonne (Mrs. John T.) Caldwell with the enthusiastic support of a rapidly growing group of vocal and instrumental performers and supporters. At the time of its organization, the Jackson Opera Guild was one of 12 organizations of its kind in the United States. Incorporated in 1947, the Jackson Opera Guild had as its aim to promote and encourage the enjoyment, study and appreciation of opera; to help in the development of operatic talent; and to provide cultural enrichment for the public through operatic performances. The first performance -- November 27, 1945, in the Bailey School auditorium -- of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, sung in Italian, featured some of Jackson’s most talented people in the cast, including Mignonne Caldwell, Marion Giddens, Eugene Loper, Ouida Woody (Bass) and Magnolia Coullet.

The list of Mississippi and musical notables who have been involved since then in Mississippi Opera productions reads like a “who’s who” of opera. A remarkable number of singers of major reputation have performed

After a successful first quarter century, a long-considered reorganization took place in 1970 when the Jackson Opera Guild became the Mississippi Opera Association Inc. with a statewide board of directors. The Jackson Opera Guild name was retained by the auxiliary support group which handled promotion, education projects, local fundraising and ticket sales. In 1977, this entity changed its name to Mississippi Opera Guild. Mississippi Opera is the 10th-oldest, continuously producing professional opera company in America.

Special Thanks

The lovely arrangement at the front of the stage and Ms. Fleming’s bouquet are graciously provided by Southland Florists of Hattiesburg, Miss. owned by Larry and Paulette LeBlanc. Briarwood Wine and Spirits Constance Cowart Merina Dillard, Gypsy Market Antiques William Fulton Tippy Garner Cora Gee, Governor’s Mansion Administrator

George Bell Rug Cleaning Marilyn Johnson, Hertz Jackson One, LLC Mississippi Public Broadcasting Mississippi Sales Company, LLC Marilyn Morgan, Capitol Resources, LLC Susanna Phillips

southern miss centennial sponsors

Since its inception a century ago, The University of Southern Mississippi has conferred over 120,000 degrees to its graduates. Given our transformational journey over the last 100 years and the promising future that lies ahead, we are indeed a blessed institution with a “Treasured Past and a Golden Future.” History and translation by Dr. Stan Hauer, Professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi

in Jackson -- some early in their careers, others at the height of their fame and vocal prowess. Among them are John Alexander, Richard Torigi, Normal Treigle, Beverly Sills, Phyllis Curtin, Roberta Peters, Jan Peerce, Richard Tucker, Monserrat Caballe, Robert Merrill, James McCracken, Julian Patrick, Maralin Niska, Ellen Shade, Frank Guarrera, Gail Robinson, Cornell McNeil, Enrico di Giuseppe and Jerome Hines. Important conductors include Rudolf Kruger, Anton Guadagno, Anton Coppola and Barbara Silverstein. Arthur Cosenza and Bodo Igesz are among the world-class directors who have staged works for MOA.

voice of the century committee Elizabeth Buyan Alison Crumpton Jay Dean Chad Driskell

Melanie Gardner Sherry Harfst Stanley Hauer Mike Lopinto

Lee Ann Mayo Michael Miles Jennifer Duke Payne Bob Pierce

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Renée Fleming’s 2009-10 operatic season at the Metropolitan Opera has included performances of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (October 2009; January 2010), and continues with a new production of Rossini’s Armida (April/May 2010), which is a MET premiere. She also appears at the Vienna State Opera in performances of Strauss’s Capriccio (June 2010) and at the Zurich Opera in Verdi’s La Traviata and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (June/ July 2010).

Renée Fleming SOPRANO

One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Known as “the people’s diva,” she continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other mediums. Over the past few seasons, Ms. Fleming has begun hosting a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, and Live from Lincoln Center on PBS. In 2008, a precedent was broken when Ms. Fleming became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to headline an opening night gala. As a musical statesman, Renée Fleming has been sought after for numerous distinguished occasions, from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to performances in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games. On January 18, 2009, she performed for the televised We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial concert for President Obama. She has performed for the United States Supreme Court, HRH The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, and celebrated the recent 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution at the invitation of Václav Havel.

Ms. Fleming’s 2009-10 season in the concert world commenced with the New York Philharmonic’s Opening Night Gala performance of Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi, welcoming new music director, Alan Gilbert. She then appeared in early October in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Night Gala, performing Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 and selected songs by Strauss, and at the end of October embarked on a European tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Her first public master class in New York City took place at The Juilliard School in October 2009. A masterful recitalist, Ms. Fleming appeared in November and December in Baden-Baden, Vienna, Vancouver, Seattle, Baltimore, Berkeley, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, and in February 2010, she joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra for performances of Strauss’s Four Last Songs and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. A two-time Grammy winner, Ms. Fleming’s most recent Grammy nomination is for Verismo (Decca/September 2009), a CD featuring a collection of rarely heard Italian arias with the Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi di Milano conducted by Marco Armiliato. Ms. Fleming’s most recent DVD is the complete Der Rosenkavalier (Decca/October 2009) featuring the Munich Philharmonic, conducted by Christian Thielemann. These releases follow the critically acclaimed 2008 CD of Strauss: Four Last Songs, also conducted by Christian Thielemann. In recent years, this 12-time Grammy nominated artist has recorded everything from Strauss’s complete Daphne to the jazz album Haunted Heart, to the movie soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Her recording honors range from the 2009 Echo Award for Strauss’ Four Last Songs to the Prix Maria Callas Orphée d’Or by the Académie du Disque Lyric for TDK’s DVD production of Capriccio. Renée Fleming’s artistry has been an inspiration to many other prominent artists, such as Chuck Close and Robert Wilson, whose portraits of her were included in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2007 fundraising auction. Two portraits of Ms. Fleming were also created by Francesco Clemente, who revealed one work in Salzburg in spring 2007, with the Metropolitan Opera displaying the other in 2008. Among her numerous awards are Sweden’s Polar Prize (2008); the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from the French government (2005); Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music (2003); and a 2003 Honorary Doctorate from The Juilliard School, where she was also commencement speaker.

renée fleming | the voice of the century

An advocate for literacy, Renée Fleming has been featured in promotional campaigns for the Association of American Publishers (Get Caught Reading), and the Magazine Publishers of America’s READ poster campaign for the American Library Association. She was honored by The New York Public Library as a “Library Lion.” Her book, The Inner Voice, was published by Viking Penguin in 2004 and released in paperback by Penguin the following year. An intimate account of her career and creative process, the book is also published in France by Fayard Editions, in the United Kingdom by Virgin Books, by Henschel Verlag in Germany, Shunjusha in Japan, and by Fantom Press in Russia. In addition to her work on stage and in recordings, Renée Fleming has represented Rolex timepieces in print advertising since 2001. In 2008, she launched La Voce by Renée Fleming, a fragrance designed for her, with the proceeds benefiting the Metropolitan Opera. Master Chef Daniel Boulud has created the dessert “La Diva Renée” (1999) in her honor, and she has inspired the “Renée Fleming Iris” (2004), which has been replicated in porcelain by Boehm. Having been added to Mr. Blackwell’s best dressed list, her concert gowns have been designed by Bill Blass, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, Issey Miyake, Oscar de la Renta, Angel Sanchez and Vivienne Westwood. In addition to serving as the face of opera for two public transit campaigns in New York and London, Ms. Fleming has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, The View, Prairie Home Companion as “Renata Flambé,” and Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…, among numerous other media outlets. Ms. Fleming is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the board of Sing for Hope, and the advisory board of the White Nights Foundation of America. Additional information about Ms. Fleming can be found at her record label’s Web site: renée fleming photo by decca/andrew eccles.

Jay Dean


Dr. Jay Dean is the music director of the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since1988. During his tenure, the orchestra has cultivated an international reputation that enhances not only the university, but also the state and region. His recruiting efforts have elevated the organization into a multinational conglomerate. Dean’s vision literally has brought the world to Mississippi, including performances across the state by internationally known classical icons such as Plácido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Sir James Galway, and celebrities including Patti LaBelle, Doc Severinsen, Ray Charles and countless others. He has also served as the guest conductor for many orchestras in the United States, Latin America and Europe. The symphony performs to full houses with audience members representing a diverse cross section of the southeastern United States. Dean received his DMA in orchestral conducting from the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to The University of Southern Mississippi, he was music director of Dekalb Youth Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta, the Mercer University/Atlanta Chamber Orchestra, the Columbus State University Orchestra, the Atlanta Festival Orchestra and Chorus, the Austin Civic Orchestra and the Southwest Chamber Orchestra. He also served as assistant conductor for the Austin Lyric Opera.

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He is the executive director of the Professional Resource Institute for Musical Excellence, the executive director of the Vicksburg International Chamber Music Festival and president of the Mississippi Orchestra Teachers Association. Previously, he was artistic director of the Southern Arts Festival, state president of the National Opera Association, regional membership chair for the International Conductors Guild and past president of the Mississippi Music Educators Association Orchestra Division. He served on the advisory board for the formation of Mississippi School for the Arts as the representative from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and has served on the board of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and the Mississippi Opera Education Committee. He was also the music coordinator for four international art exhibitions presented by the Mississippi Commission for International Cultural Exchange. Dean is a member of the International Conductor’s Guild and a clinician for the Scherl and Roth Musical Instrument Company. The symphony is a study in international relations, attracting students from over 15 different countries who come together to study music and orchestral performance. Dean’s priority for the orchestra is to effect lives in a positive way through musical performance and education. The orchestra endeavors to deliver formidable performances for its audience as well as its members. The musicians have opportunities to showcase their talents through various musical activities as well as interaction with other businesses and organizations in the region. Members of the orchestra perform with virtually every other orchestra within a 100-mile radius, serving not only the South Mississippi community but also providing a service to other communities in the state and beyond. Dean’s skilled leadership has created unique partnerships that allow members of the orchestra to provide musical performances in every school and senior center in our city. Jay Dean is a musical ambassador for Mississippi and is proud to serve the community and state that he loves. He offers his professionalism without thought of accolade or reward. Dr. Jay Dean can be reached through the University of Southern Mississippi Orchestra’s Web site at

89th season sponsor


lindsey keay bernardo miethe,

tonight’s performance also sponsored by

joshua landrum nathanael minor patrick richards, principal


maria miller dainer schmidt


tracy carter rachel hawkins, principal


jordan foster bruno lourensetto, principal

timothy mcmillen


rachel keely wallace

english horn

pablo hernandez


grant futch zach james eddie muller, principal


ryan rome daniel de sousa chandler stapleton, principal


second violins arielle barrientos rodolfo benitez,

daniel lima




luc brust, principal jason mathena wil richmond jonathan spangler pablo sotomayor


truett beasley thomas jenkins

kimberly houser



kathleen gorman hyun myong lee tessika mcclendon shawn morgan mattie obregon elizabeth pasarilla richardson jessica del west


evan hurley nathan lambert ingrid neza copa francy orujela stan roberts sara rodriguez

jasmine carlton ludwing gonzalez rebecca guangze zou josh hale Yijuan Yin sarah heidelberg brooke johnson erin meylan erin raber jean reis rocio tamez osvin urbina



temperance babcock-steiskal christopher dean andrea gonzalez,


patrick rettger

josh berthelot zach hassell michael napieralski, co-principal garrick pitts, co-principal

first violins

farkha abdikadirov, principal


lori birrer sarah childers maria garris vee govan mary hauck j. paige slade rocio tamez


josh black brad gilmore kris harrell daniel massey christopher napier derrick t. truss jr.

francis castillo claudia encinas talia glenn bo mi kim haeree lee Maria Camila Patio hannah shetler


ana cristina abrantes mariana aldana thieres brandini fernando vargas, principal

arthur leblanc dennis leoni robert lewis laura mac-knight maule romina monsanto marcos sanchez


luzvic arias jose cuellar leonardo duarte, principal

samuel dahmer andrew easterling eric hilgenstieler barbara mcmillian guilherme zils


tyrone hayes christopher jennings


vic hartung mike mcdonald

Comprised of vocalists from The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Opera Chorus

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“Das himmlische Leben”


from Symphony No. 4 Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) “The Heavenly Life” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: We enjoy heavenly pleasures and therefore avoid earthly ones. No worldly tumult is to be heard in heaven. All live in greatest peace. We lead angelic lives, yet have a merry time of it besides. We dance and we spring, we skip and we sing. Saint Peter in heaven looks on. Saint John lets the little lamb out, and Herod the Butcher lies in wait for it. We lead a patient, innocent, dear little lamb to its death. Saint Luke slaughters the ox without any thought or concern. Wine doesn’t cost a penny in the heavenly cellars; angels bake the bread. Good greens of every sort grow in the heavenly vegetable patch, good asparagus, string beans and whatever we want. Whole dishfuls are set for us! Good apples, good pears and good grapes, and gardeners who allow everything! If you want roebuck or hare, on the public streets they come running right up. Should a fast day come along, all the fish come at once swimming with joy. There goes Saint Peter running with his net and his bait to the heavenly pond. Saint Martha must be the cook.

“Dobrá! Ja mu je dám! . . . Jak je mi?” from Dalibor Bedrich � Smetana (1824-84)

How do I feel? Oh, that moment arrived so quickly, since for a long time I had prayed to heaven that I would be allowed to see him, to speak to him. The vision is dimmed by immense joy. My heart beats strongly. Stay with me, O God. O heaven, let it be so. If you hear the cry of the human heart, let my voice be raised to you, O Lord. Let me give him liberty with my own hand.

There is just no music on earth that can compare to ours. Even the eleven thousand virgins venture to dance, and Saint Ursula herself has to laugh. Cecilia and all her relations make excellent court musicians. The angelic voices gladden our senses so that all awaken for joy.

I am returning to the place I left before I loved you, to my lonely nest with its artificial flowers. Goodbye, and with no hard feelings. Please gather up the few things I’ve left behind. In the trunk there’s a little bracelet and my prayer book. Wrap them in an apron, and I’ll send someone for them. And also, there’s my pink bonnet under the pillow. You may keep it if you want, as a memo of our love. Goodbye, without regrets.

“Mesicku na nebi hlubokem”

“Musette svaria sulla bocca viva”

from Rusalka (Song to the Moon) Antonin DvoRák � (1849-1904)

from La Bohème Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857-1919)

O moon high up in the deep sky, your light sees faraway lands. You travel around the wide world peering into human dwellings. O moon, stand still for a while. Tell me where my lover is. O silvery moon in the sky, tell him I embrace him so that he should remember his dreams, at least for a while. Light up his faraway place. Tell him who is here waiting for him. May this recollection awaken him. O moon, don’t disappear.

Beautiful songs ring out from Musette’s lively mouth. Her voice bursts out like spring water from a thousand fountains. Her 20 years sing, and in the sparkling sound she moves her foot with the dance, discovering love from past pleasure to fresh hope. In the shadow of her long lashes shines a flighty smile. With outstretched claws desires take flight around her. She gives consent, says no, and loves again as her heart commands. She does not seek pearls or gold. She adores only a single treasure – love.

I lived for art, I lived for love, and never did I harm a living creature. Whatever misfortunes I encountered, I sought with secret hand to bring help. My prayers rose faithfully in the holy chapel. Ever in pure faith I brought flowers to the altar. In this hour of pain, why, why, O Lord, do you repay me thus? I brought jewels for the Madonna’s robe and songs for the stars of heaven so that they shone with greater radiance. In this hour of distress, why, why, O Lord, do you repay me thus?


Umberto Giordano (1867-1948)

“Donde lieta uscì” from La Bohème Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Giacomo Puccini

Mimì Pinson, blonde little lady, always on the prowl for men, with her skirt and little bonnet. She’s really audacious, and more than one fine fellow has met his match with her. Look out if the bonnet moves on Mimì Pinson’s head. Mimì Pinson, blonde little lady, always loves parties and good cheer. With a smile and a twinkle she wins your heart. And if she has a glass of wine, she’ll sing her little song. And sometimes when the evening is over, Mimì’s bonnet will be askew.

“Nel suo amore” from Siberia It is certain that he has been Stefana’s sweet lover, she whom he never knew. I live again in his refound love. My very existence is renewed in him. I don’t know who I am. I give all my life to him. I would start a new life to bring him to my feet. There is a new light in the sky, and the rays of the warm sun spread flowers and love.

“Vissi d’arte” from Tosca

“Mimì Pinson, la biondinetta” from La Bohème Ruggero Leoncavallo

mississippi opera board lee ann mayo, president hogan allen, president-elect don potts, vice-president elbert bivins, immediate past president

dickens fournet, treasurer nancy riser, secretary

dorothy brasfield dan carleton merina dillard, guild tippy garner, guild robert hauberg ouida holland mike lopinto david maron john milner

buster mobley cynthia palmer omar rahman jimmy robertson ann simmons edwin vickery jim wilson karen wilson

mississippi opera wishes to express gratitude for the thoughtful and generous support from the following who have contributed to The company. without these contributions, we could not exist. please consider adding your name to this list. this list reflects gifts given between january 1, 2009, and january 1, 2010. we apologize for any errors or omissions. we regret that space limitations preclude the listing of gifts under $25. please help us make this listing as accurate as possible by calling us with corrections at 601.960.2300.

donors platinum circle ($10,000+) h. f. mccarty jr. family foundation mississippi arts commission st. dominic health services inc.

golden circle ($5,000-$9,999) bluecross blueshield of mississippi chemfirst/first mississippi gertrude c. ford foundation mr. and mrs. james l. robertson mr. and mrs. jerry m. sullivan jr. walker foundation silver circle ($2,500-$4,999) mr. h. m. addkison jr. law offices of baker donelson elbert and betty bivins bryan nelson, p. a. feild cooperative association

mrs. h. f. mccarty jr. opera guild sanderson farms inc. trustmark national bank grand benefactor ($1,500-$2,499) at&t mrs. w. chester brewer fine arts institute of mississippi michael e. and mary g. jabaley kathryn l. wiener benefactor ($1,000-$1,499) adele mounger thomas charitable foundation inc. bancorp south carol and elton beebe

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brunini, grantham, grower & hewes, pllc jean b. butler elizabeth and greg buyan mr. and mrs. hendrik d. carleton lynda ann costas mr. j. herman hines stuart and karen irby earle and irene jones selby and richard mcrae foundation mr. and mrs. w. d. mounger parkway foundation mr. and mrs. d. a. swayze tzedakah charitable fund dr. and mrs. william b. wilson wise, carter, child & caraway, p.a.

Donors (continued)

patron ($500-$999)

hogan allen dr. and mrs. ching j. chen sid and kathy davis merina dillard mr. and mrs. jim herring mr. and mrs. james d. holland the meyer crystal family foundation mississippi opera endowment fund don and becky potts nancy riser mr. and mrs. e. b. robinson jr. mr. and mrs. william e. simmons iii dr. william h. vaughan bill and cecile wardlaw dr. william c. welch jr. terry b. wells dr. and mrs. michael winkelmann collins and margee wohner

sponsor ($250-$499)

richard ahlvin mr. and mrs. david l. allen troy and robin browning mr. and mrs. james h. creekmore mrs. ralph w. dawson the t. h. etheridge trust mr. dickens quin fournet dr. craig k. hallstrom mr. and mrs. robert e.

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Two Rivers

Till Eulenspiegel

“Das himmlische Leben”

john kander b. 1927

Letter from Sullivan Ballou

john kander

from eugene onegin

“Mesicku na nebi hlubokem”

(Song to the Moon) from rusalka

“Dobrá! Já mu je dám! ... Jak je mi?”

from dalibor



from cavalleria rusticana

pietro mascagni


richard strauss (1864-1949)

gustav mahler

from symphony no. 4 in g major, op. (1860-1911)


Orchestral Suite from chicago


dave grusin/ritenour b. 1934

pyotr tchaikovsky (1840-93)

antonin dvorák � (1841-1904)

bedrich smetana � (1824-84)

“Nel suo amore rianimata” from siberia

“Donde lieta usci”

giacomo puccini

from la bohème


“Musette svaria sulla bocca viva” from la bohème

“Vissi D’Arte”

ruggiero leoncavallo (1857-1919)

“Mimi Pinson, La Biondinetta” from la bohème

umberto giordano


from tosca

ruggiero leoncavallo

giacomo puccini

renée fleming appears by arrangement with: img artists 152 w. 57th street new york, ny 10019 ms. fleming records exclusively for decca/london. ms. fleming’s gown is by angel sanchez.

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