The Metropolitan Opera Guild

Fabled Cities of Morocco and Adalusia

2010-11-20 - 2010-12-01

Top Highlights:

First, we will explore the riveting ancient cities of Morocco. In the capital city of Rabat, marvel at the city ramparts dating back to the Moorish kings. Then it’s on to fabled Marrakech to visit the medina and its Jewish Quarter, among other sites. Next, continue to Tlemcen in Algeria, where we will see the magnificent Great Mosque. In Spain, we will visit several of the greatest cities of al-Andalus, including Granada, home to the incomparable Alhambra; Ronda, dramatically built on a ridge; and Seville, where the genius of the era’s art and architecture is richly displayed at the Alcazar.

Our outstanding performers for this journey, pianist Jean Sophie Kim, tenor Ta’u Pupu’a, and soprano Jessica Tarnish, specially chosen by the Guild, will present a series of exceptional recitals. Journalist Bill Moyers will also be on board as a featured lecturer.

Join us aboard the all-suite, 114-guest Corinthian II on this custom-made journey through time to great centers of civilization and evocative ancient cities.

Artist Bios


jean-kim  Canadian born pianist Jean Sophie Kim has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber player throughout the world. As an accompanist, she has performed at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and Lorin Maazel’s Chateauville Foundation, and has accompanied Deutsche Gramophone artist Measha Brueggergosman on WNYC. Ms. Kim has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including The Honor Scholarship from the Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C.; a Board of Governors Scholarship in London, Canada; and the University of Cincinnati Global Scholarship. She received her Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Currently, Ms. Kim is an adjunct faculty member at CUNY’s Borough of Manhattan Community College.
tau-pupua  After a number of years in the National Football League, tenor Ta’u Pupu’a changed career directions to follow his first passion—opera. He has appeared as Dr. Caius in Falstaff with the Juilliard Opera Center, and in the Triple Bill led by Maestro James Conlon. Mr. Pupu’a’s repertoire includes the Duke in Rigoletto, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, and Don José in Carmen, as well as Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. His most recent engagement was in Terrence McNally’s Master Class at the Kennedy Center starring award-winning actress Tyne Daly. This coming season includes Mr. Pupu’a’s debut as Bacchus in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos under the baton of Maestro JamesLevine at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
jessica-tarnish  Soprano Jessica Tarnish, an active operatic and orchestral soloist, is a graduate of the Opera Institute at Boston University. She made her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron with Maestro James Levine on the podium and has debuted with the Naples Philharmonic in Verdi’s Requiem. In 2006, Ms. Tarnish was a Young Artist with Central City Opera, where she performed Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Sarah in The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Fortuna in L’Incoronazione diPoppea. She has also appeared with Emanuel Music in the title role of Handel’s Alcina, and this season she appeared to acclaim as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro and the title role in Tosca with Tri-Cities Opera.
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