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An internationally acclaimed tenor from New Orleans is pairing circus acrobatics and opera, with a lot of help from his friends.The performance Saturday night was the fourth in the hometown Opus Opera series he and his wife, soprano Irini Kyriakidou, and another couple – soprano Christina Vial and her husband, entrepreneur Patrick Comer – created to show their generation that opera really isn't stuffy. For this one, they've teamed with the owner of Fly Circus Space, a circus training center, to create vocal and visual duets, trios and larger ensembles, with a different circus performance for each aria sung by Hymel, Kyriakidou and others.With Glenna Broderick, her colleague at Fly Circus Space, and colleagues from other cities, there's a wide range of performances, including a tightwire piece, dance trapeze, hand balancing on canes, aerial work on the "corde lisse," or smooth rope, and "a duo adagio piece, like hand-to-hand acrobatics, but slow, sculptural".Hymel will sing "Nessun Dorma," which became popular outside opera after Luciano Pavarotti sang it for the 1990 World Cup, then with the Three Tenors.
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