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NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG, Presents Two World Premiere Operas: Bastianello and Lucrezia

New York , NY -February 14th, 2008-

New York Festival of Song (NYFOS, www.nyfos.org) continues its 20th Anniversary season by presenting Bastianello and Lucrezia, two newly commissioned comic operas by composers John Musto and William Bolcom with libretti by Mark Campbell.

The concerts will take place on :

Tuesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 13 at 8pm, 

At Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, West 57th Street and 7th Avenue.

 Bastianello, based on an Italian folktale, is a family fable of love and
folly set in 18th century rural Italy.  Lucrezia, based on Machiavelli¹s La
Mandragola, is a wickedly funny seduction satire, retold from the viewpoint
of the story¹s wise and captivating heroine.  Both works are scored for five
singers and two pianos and will be presented in semi-staged performances.

Artists are soprano Lisa Vroman, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Paul
Appleby, baritone Patrick Mason, bass Matt Boehler, with Steven Blier
and Michael Barrett at the piano.

Commission and first performance of Bastianello by John Musto and Mark
Cambell and Lucrezia by William Bolcom and Mark Campbell by New York
Festival of Song Inc. is supported by The New York State Music Fund,
established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller
Philanthropy Advisors.

Additional funding for first performance of Bastianello/Lucrezia is provided
by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the A.L. and Jenny L. Luria Foundation.

Tickets are $48.00.  Call Carnegie Charge at 212-247-7800 or visit the
Carnegie Hall Box Office
at 57th Street and 7th Avenue.  Tickets are not available by mail.
For further information, please visit
www.nyfos.org

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