Balkis, the famed Queen of Sheba, arrives in Jerusalem to meet her betrothed, King Solomon. But the beautiful and powerful Queen instead finds herself drawn to Solomon’s master architect Adoniram. What follows is a dramatic struggle between love and obligation, filled with intrigue, jealousy, and betrayal. A classic French Grand Opera from the composer who wrote Faust. This forgotten masterpiece, inspired by Gérard de Nerval’s book Le voyage en Orient, is resurrected by Odyssey Opera for one night only at Jordan Hall. Don’t miss this powerful love story in an annual concert event that has become the heralded start to the Boston classical music season. Come and hear Michelle sing the role of Benoni.
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“Singing the role of Adoniram’s apprentice, Benoni, Michelle Trainor swooned through her Act I aria with melodious rapture.” ~9/23/2018 The Boston Globe
“…others include the impressive aria sung by Trainor about Balkis’ beauty.” ~9/23/18 South Shore Critic
“Soprano Michelle Trainor superbly conveyed the trouser role of Benoni.” ~9/26/18 The Boston Musical Intelligencer
“Michelle Trainor in the pants role of Benoni, Adoniram’s young apprentice, sang “Comme le naissant aurore” describing the Queen’s beauty with youthful enthusiasm.” ~9/27/18 Bachtrack
“As Adoniram’s apprentice Bénoni, Michelle Trainor sang with a dark but nimble soprano in her only featured aria, “Comme la naissante aurore,” which told of Balkis’ beauty. ~9/23/18 Boston Classical Review