Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is partnering with the Florida International University School of Music to present “An Evening of Dramatic Opera Scenes” on October 15 at 7:30 p.m., located at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St.
I graduated with two bachelors from FIU, so I am particularly excited that the school is giving this opportunity to its students and the community. I am planning to take my daughter on Saturday to expose her to the grand experience of opera.
The concert provides a unique opportunity for opera lovers and novices alike to enjoy a dramatic sampling of operatic repertoire featuring local talent and experienced voices from around the country.
Held at FIU’s Mitch Maidique Campus, the program will feature guests with highlights from FGO’s current season as well as selections from some of the world’s most beloved operas, such as the romantic zarzuela Luisa Fernanda and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Selections will be performed by members of FGO’s Young Artists Studio and the FIU Opera Theater.
Founded in 1984, FGO’s Young Artist Studio has gained worldwide recognition as one of the leading operatic training programs in the nation.
Selected from more than 600 applicants, the nine artists make up the 2011-2012 program, which is designed to develop the skills necessary for a successful opera career through a mix of on-stage performance experience, regular coachings and master classes by acclaimed guest artists through a two-year residency. For more information on the Young Artists Studio, visit www.fgo.org/young-artists.
A part of the Division of Vocal Studies, the FIU Opera Theater is the premiere vocal ensemble for voice performance majors at the university. It is made up of graduate voice performance majors, as well as select undergraduate voice students.
Founded in 1997 by Prof. Robert B. Dundas, the ensemble has performed more than 30 complete operas by diverse composers.
The purpose of the ensemble is to provide the students with a wide and in-depth opera experience during their studies. Class study includes work on stage movement and acting, as well as intensive musical coaching by an experienced professional staff. For more information on the FIU Opera Theater, please visit www2.fiu.edu/~music.
Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and FIU faculty/staff, and $5 for FIU students and Alumni Association members. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the FIU School of Music Box Office by calling 305-348-0496 or visiting https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/FIU2.
Artists scheduled to perform on in “An Evening of Dramatic Opera Scenes” include:
FGO YOUNG ARTISTS STUDIO:
• Courtney McKeown (Mezzo-Soprano)
• Brittany Ann Reneé Robinson (Soprano)
• Craig Colclough (Bass-Baritone)
• Daniel Shirley (Tenor)
• Lacy Sauter (Soprano)
• Ryan Milstead (Baritone)
• Joo Won Kang (Baritone)
• Tatiana Vassilieva (Vocal Coach)
• Francesco Fraboni (Vocal Coach)
• Kelly Anderson: Director of Artistic Administration
• Caren Levine: Young Artist Studio Manager and Principal Coach.
• Ramon Tebar: Music Director
• Samuel Mungo: Opera Scenes Director
• Megan Bennett: Stage Manager
FIU OPERA THEATER:
FIU Opera Theater Singers:
• Shanna Nolan Gundry
• Michelle Kemp
• Vindhya Khare
• Rebecca Longtemps
• Evelyn Saavedra
• Katherine Smith
• Scott Tripp
• Orlando Jacinto Garcia: Director, School of Music
• Robert B. Dundas: Coordinator for Division of Vocal Studies; Director of Opera Theater