Every year, the Savannah Voice Festival ends with a big finale featuring the best moments of that year’s productions.
Nan Qin’s hilarious performance of “I am Aldolpho” from “The Drowsy Chaperone” was a major highlight of last year, for instance. The hodgepodge show is also an opportunity for the festival to announce next year’s season.
“We always announce our operatic season for the next year,” Savannah Voice Festival co-founder and executive director Maria Zouves said. “We really plan on having the ability to do that and sharing it with our patrons on that night. The other part about it is, we always feel like throughout the whole festival there are always highlights that happen. What we do at the end, is throw them back up at the end for the audience to enjoy for the last time.”
This year’s theme, "Stories Great and Small," plus the variety of the music, from “Hansel and Gretel” to The Beatles, could result in a pretty smashing finale. Included in the night’s festivities are a gala dinner after the concert.
“We’re always looking at ways to connect people to this art,” Zouves said. “At the end of the day, we’re telling stories. A lot of outreach initiatives have been showing our young hearts and minds that might not be exposed to opera, this is just another way to tell a story. With that, and the season that we have chosen, these are stories being told in very different ways.
“A classic story, a bunch of little modern stories with ‘Speed Dating,’ a relevant story with ‘The Telephone.’ It couldn't be more relevant, even though it was written decades ago, half a century ago. A very operatic story is in 'Traviata.' Soprano is dying. Tenor is in love. Baritone gets in the way. It’s so classic.
"We just thought, these are all great stories, but they’re not all big. Some of of them are tiny and sweet. As we were cultivating that, we said that’s what it is, stories great and small.”