Please join countertenor Andrey Nemzer and soprano Charlene Canty for music, wine and Russian amuses-gueules at an intimate house concert on Friday 12 May at 6:00 pm.

Andrey will sing excerpts from Xerxes and other baroque works, with songs from Glinka to Rachmaninov, accompanied by Uliana Khozhevnikova. Charlene will sing baroque and classical works, plus an aria from our coming world premiere of A Gathering of Sons. This special event is hosted by Attorney Peggy Smyrnes Williams and Dr. Karl E. Williams and Marina and Dr. Sergei Belenki, in the Williams' beautiful Squirrel Hill home.

Andrey is generously donating his time and talent to help raise funds for a new production of Handel’s Xerxes for Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s 2017 summer season. Please join us for great music sung by an extraordinary countertenor, wonderful company, wine, vodka, and delicious Russian-inspired food.

Tickets are $75, and include a tax-deductible contribution to support this new production of Xerxes.

Friday 12 May at 6:00 pm

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Seating is very limited. Details, directions, and parking information provided with ticket confirmation.


Charlene Canty
Charlene Canty
    Uliana Kozhevnikova
Uliana Kozhevnikova


Andrey Nemzer



To hear more of Andrey onstage this summer, please also join us for:

The Three (Counter) Tenors


Please also join Andrey and two fellow cast members for The Three (Counter) Tenors, a Festival Opera concert of extraordinary music, old and new, written for castrati, male altos and the Andrews Sisters!

Sunday 30 June at 7:30 pm
First Unitarian Church

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Handel’s Xerxes

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Handel’s Xerxes is one of the greatest baroque operatic masterpieces. The opening aria, "Ombra mai fu", sung by Xerxes to a plane tree, is set to one of Handel's best-known melodies, often known as Handel's "Largo." The opera was written in 1738 for two castrati including superstar castrato Caffarelli as Xerxes. The castrato roles are these days usually sung by male counter tenors or female mezzos. Xerxes is unique in that it was the first of Handel’s operas to include comic elements.

July 14, 16 and 22

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