Lyrical start to VIO series

Audience brought to the brink of tears by voice of Margo Le Vae

Margo Le Vae and Nicolai Maloff performed at the first event of the year for the Vancouver Island Opera recital series at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville Feb. 19.

Margo Le Vae and Nicolai Maloff performed at the first event of the year for the Vancouver Island Opera recital series at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville Feb. 19.

The first event of the year for the Vancouver Island Opera (VIO) recital series was full of passion.  Soprano Margo Le Vae brought some members of the audience to tears with her opera arias at the McMillan Arts Centre Gallery (MAC) on Sunday, Feb. 19.

Le Vae was accompanied by pianist Nicolai Maloff, the talented son of VIO Artistic Director Tatiana Vasilieva.

Le Vae who performed as Giannetta in the last opera, L’Eliser d’Amore gave a strong performance singing some German, Russian and Italian opera arias.  For her encore, she sang her only English piece, Moon River, stirring the emotions of many people in the audience to the brink of tears.

The next event is Sunday March 18, with Maloff at the piano once more to accompany violoncellist Lee Duckles and they will perform a repertoire of Baroque classical and romantic music.