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Charleston Chamber Opera Presents “Faces” - A Musical Response to Face Lift Exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art

Inaugural Opera Performance of the 2010-2011 Season

(July 28, 2010 - Charleston, SC) – Charleston Chamber Opera and the Gibbes Museum of Art are partnering once again for an afternoon of art and opera on Sunday, October 3 at 3pm. In conjunction with the Main Gallery exhibition of portraiture titled Face Lift, Charleston Chamber Opera will present “Faces,” a concert about the relationship that artists have with their portrait paintings, and how we respond to the image of the human face.

The concert will feature a performance of Mollicone’s opera The Face on the Barroom Floor, a fanciful musical rendering inspired by the 1936 painting by Herndon Davis that adorns the floor of the Teller House Bar in Central City, Colorado. Operagoers will be transported back to the heyday of mining, as a barkeep and a lonesome traveler duel for the love of the saloon singer, Madeline.

The concert will also include well-known opera arias and duets about the human face, including Ah, guarda sorella from Cosi fan tutte and the Jewel Song from Gounod’s Faust. The concert features mezzo soprano Lara Wilson as well as the debut of soprano Julia Ebner and tenor Greg Zavracky. “Faces” is directed and narrated by Terry Bell-Aby, with piano accompaniment by Charleston Chamber Opera musical director Steven Morris.

“We are delighted to partner again with the talented Charleston Chamber Opera. Their originality and inventiveness produce a performance beyond our expectations,” said Gibbes Executive Director Angela D. Mack.

Tickets for "Faces" are $15 for museum members and students and $25 for non-members (museum admission is included in the ticket price). Tickets can be purchased online at, at the Gibbes Museum Store, or by calling 722-2706 x22. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

Face Lift
The power of portraiture is revealed in this exhibition that presents thought-provoking juxtapositions of outstanding portraits from the Gibbes’ nationally recognized contemporary and historic collection of colonial, federal, and antebellum American portraits, enhanced by objects from private collections. Featuring both whimsical and more traditional portrait pairings, this exhibition will challenge viewers to contemplate the power of portraiture through comparisons of iconography, pose, attire, props, medium, subject, and style.

Charleston Chamber Opera
Charleston Chamber Opera is a professional opera company dedicated to presenting its audiences with innovative and high quality performances while enriching its community through creative programming and inventive educational outreach.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

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