The Overture from Rossini's Il Signor Bruschino
Let the Bright Seraphim from Handel's Samson
The Sposa, son disprezzata from Vivaldi's Bajazet
The Triumphal March from Verdi's Aida
I dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls from Balfe's The Bohemia Girl
O Luce di quest'anima from Donizetti's Linda di Chamounix
The Overture from Berstein's Candide
Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande from J Strauss II's Die Fledermaus
Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss.
Saint-Saëns' Bacchanale from his Samson et Dalila
Olympia's Aria from Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann.
It was a real feast of operatic and other arias: some solemnly bright, some heroic, some sad, some plaintive, some full of passion and yearning, some poetic, some wistful, some boisterously festive and some humorous. The HKPO acquitted itself, as usual, extremely well, as a truly professional orchestra should, and shows a remarkable ability to adapt quickly to the different moods and the different requirements of different kinds of conducting style. I do not know if it's because where I was sitting, I found that at places, the voice of Sumi Jo was not packed with as much power as as it could have been. But once the orchestra stopped playing, as during some of the "encores", I could hear her perfectly well. But no matter what, it was an evening I would not easily forget: Sumi Jo is a truly remarkable singer with an amazing flexibility in her singing style and not a little acting talent too! I don't know about the others. As far as I am concerned, it was a thoroughly enjoyable musical experience.