January 27, 2016
Soprano Christie Conover returns to Grand Junction for two nights at Two Rivers Winery & Chateau to perform in Henry Mollicone’s unique one act chamber opera The Face on the Barroom Floor on Friday & Saturday, February 19th & 20th. Both performances begin at 7:30pm
The Face on the Barroom Floor was commissioned by the Central City Opera in 1978 and produced there each year since its premiere. The opera is based on a painting on the floor of the Teller House Bar done by Herndon Davis in 1936.
The opera tells two tales, separated in time but parallel in characters and theme. In present day Central City, CO, Isabel, a member of the opera chorus, and her friend Larry visit the Teller House Bar. Larry orders champagne and asks about the face painted on the floor. Tom, the bartender, tells the story, which is enacted as he becomes a 19th century bartender named John, who welcomes the bargirl Madeline (played by Isabel) as they toast to the future.
A disheveled traveler, Matt (played by Larry), enters and orders drinks for all while Madeline is asked to sing. Unable to pay for the drinks, Matt offers instead to paint a portrait on the barroom floor of the only woman he ever loved. John discovers the portrait is of Madeline. The two men fight until Madeline throws herself between them, with tragic consequences. Larry, now back in the twentieth century, laughs drunkenly at the old legend and forces Isabel to dance with him. Tom now reveals his past romantic relationship with Isabel, and challenges Larry. Events in the past repeat themselves in the present, continuing the legend of the face on the barroom floor.
Conover will be joined by tenor Andrew Maughan from Salt Lake City and baritone Graham Anduri. Anduri is originally from Colorado and teaches voice at Colorado Mesa University. He most recently performed with Conover in the Grand Junction Symphony’s December production of Amahl & The Night Visitors.
The one-act opera lasts approximately 25 minutes and will also feature pianist Catie Mientka in addition to the vocalists. The production will be fully staged with costume changes, props with Two Rivers Winery being transformed into the Teller House Bar complete with a “painting” of the “face” on the chateau floor.
The second half of each evening will feature Conover, Maughan and Anduri performing beloved opera highlights and arias as well as a few selections from Grand Junction Symphony Executive Director Kelly Anderson, a renowned operatic baritone.
The Grand Junction Symphony’s Chamber Concert Series is sponsored by Chuck & Robbie Breaux.
Tickets are $30 per person and seating is General Admission. Only 100 tickets will be sold for each performance.
Tickets can be purchased online at GJSO.org, by calling 243-6787 or by visiting the Grand Junction Symphony office at 414 Main Street.
Christie Conover, soprano
Andrew Maughan, tenor
Graham Anduri, baritone