Nicole Cabell

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Divertimento Gala: Opera Hits on Venetian Night

Sensuous arias featuring Nicole Cabell and Russell Thomas, with fireworks over the lakefront and echoes of Venice will make this one of the most unforgettable nights of the summer.


Grant Park Orchestra

Juanjo Mena, Conductor

Nicole Cabell, Soprano

Russell Thomas, Tenor


Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1

Gounod: Jewel Song from Faust

Gounod: Ah, lève-toi, soleil! from Romeo et Juliette

Gounod: Va, je t'ais pardonne from Romeo et Juliette Act IV

Rossini: Overture II baribiere di Siviglia

Donizetti: Una furtiva lagrima from L'Elisir d'Amore Act II

Rossini: Una voce poco fa from Barbiere di Siviglia Act I

Donizetti: Una parola, O Adina from L'Elisir d'Amore Act I

Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

Puccini: Che gelida manina from La Boheme, Mi chiamano Mimi from La Boheme, O soave fanciulla from La Boheme Encore

Verdi: Brindisi Libiamo from La Traviata Act I

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The fun and vibrant evening will celebrate the magic of free classical music in Chicago through an evening of music, food, and dancing.

Immediately following will be dinner and dancing at the new Modern Wing of the Art Institute (Summer cocktail attire).

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Soprano, Nicole Cabell

The 2005 Winner of the BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff and exclusive DECCA recording artist, is fast becoming one of the most sought-after lyric sopranos of today.

Tenor, Russell Thomas

A native of Miami, Tenor Russell Thomas is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting vocal and dramatic talents on the international opera and concert scene, most recently as the First-Prize winner of the prestigious “Competizione dell’Opera” in Dresden.

Conductor, Juanjo Mena

Juanjo Mena is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since 1999.

The Spanish-born conductor has worked with some of the major symphony and chamber orchestras in his native country, including the Spanish National Orchestra (ONE), the RTVE, the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, and the orchestras of Barcelona, Granada, Valencia, Malaga, Principado de Asturias, Communidad de Madrid and the Sinfonica del Valles to name a few.  Increasingly in demand to conduct in other European countries, he has conducted orchestras in Brasov, Bacau, Georgia, the Bucharest Philharmonic and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionalle della RAI in Torino. 

Olga Markoff – Benefit Chair

Heather Jane Johnston – Co-Chair

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BBC Cardiff Singer of the Year 2005, Nicole Cabell talks about her critically lauded debut recital disc with Sir Andrew Davis.