Opera Singers – Saturova http://saturova.cz/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 09:14:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://saturova.cz/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-1-150x150.png Opera Singers – Saturova http://saturova.cz/ 32 32 Stevie Nicks Covers ‘For What It’s Worth’ by Stephen Stills https://saturova.cz/stevie-nicks-covers-for-what-its-worth-by-stephen-stills/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 09:14:18 +0000 https://saturova.cz/stevie-nicks-covers-for-what-its-worth-by-stephen-stills/ PRPhotos.com Stevie Nicks just released a surprise remake of Stephen Stills‘ 1966 Buffalo Springfield standard, “For what it’s worth”. The MacFleetwood The singer spoke about the standalone single in a statement, which said, “I’m so excited to release my new song. It was written by Stephen Stills in 1966. It meant something to me […]]]>

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Stevie Nicks just released a surprise remake of Stephen Stills‘ 1966 Buffalo Springfield standard, “For what it’s worth”. The MacFleetwood The singer spoke about the standalone single in a statement, which said, “I’m so excited to release my new song. It was written by Stephen Stills in 1966. It meant something to me then, and it means something to me now. I always wanted to interpret it through the eyes of a woman – and it seems that today, in the times we live in, that has a lot to say.

Stevie Nicks, who is currently on the road, told us that just performing is the very thing that secures a singer’s future: “I intend to sing, you know? Opera singers sing in their 80s. But I plan to be there singing when I’m a seriously older woman, because I think my voice will still be very good. Because I’m not going to let go. And that’s really all. . . You know, the people who can’t sing anymore and who had beautiful voices are the ones who left for five years and then decided to come back. And you just can’t make a return. The returns are just not good. You just gotta keep singing.

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Prague Reclaims Long Banned Jazz Operetta – SlippediscSlippedisc https://saturova.cz/prague-reclaims-long-banned-jazz-operetta-slippediscslippedisc/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 04:11:20 +0000 https://saturova.cz/prague-reclaims-long-banned-jazz-operetta-slippediscslippedisc/ Norman Lebrecht September 24, 2022 A review by Alexander Goldscheider, exclusive to Slipped Disc: The Prague State Opera continues its remarkable Musica non grata project with a revival of Paul Abraham’s operetta Ball in Savoy. Its original premiere in Berlin on December 23, 1932 was a huge success, alas short-lived as Hitler became chancellor five […]]]>

Norman Lebrecht

September 24, 2022

A review by Alexander Goldscheider, exclusive to Slipped Disc:

The Prague State Opera continues its remarkable Musica non grata project with a revival of Paul Abraham’s operetta Ball in Savoy. Its original premiere in Berlin on December 23, 1932 was a huge success, alas short-lived as Hitler became chancellor five weeks later. Despite rave reviews, the fact that Hungarian composer Paul Abraham was Jewish, as were librettists Alfred Grünwald and Fritz Löhner-Beda, and impresarios Alfred and Fritz Rotter, led to the show’s closure on April 2, 1933.

It was then premiered somewhat paradoxically on September 9, 1933 by the New German Theater in Prague under the musical direction of George Szell, successor in office to longtime Alexander Zemlinsky. The New German Theater is now the State Opera

On September 16, 2022, nearly 89 years later, audiences in Prague were able to revisit Ball in Savoy in the same newly redecorated building. The production is just as sumptuous and brilliantly executed. The orchestra clearly appreciates the jazzy score with its offbeat orchestration, its classic operetta melodies, a mixture of equally classic dances with South American dances, all on a spectacular decor by Hans Hoffer lit by Jan Dörner as s there was no energy crisis, and in haute-couture suits by Georges Vafias.

Martin Čičvák’s dynamic staging would be even more fascinating if Vlasta Reitererová’s excellent Czech translation suffered a few cuts, especially in the third act, but the audience seemed to enjoy every moment and cheerily clapped at times to catchy tunes. . They were universally excellently performed by a solid cast of opera singers, who had no problem changing their style like Zerlina or Queen of the Night, like Doubravka Součková, or whose night was one of all firsts of their careers, like the young Daniel Matoušek, who practically stole the show, as if he were at the peak of his career. Jiří Hájek and Barbora Řeřichová left nothing to be desired from the quartet of main characters, with a sexy Linda Caridad Fernandez Saez, who danced as if Abraham had written the music for her moves. The extravagantly colored sets and costumes, coupled with exuberant singing and dancing, sometimes make you feel like you’re on Broadway or in the West End.

What should be appreciated above all is the whole complex project of “unwelcome music” which began in 2020 and has so far brought unique concerts and operas as much as research on Czech and German composers from , mostly Jewish, whose careers and lives were destroyed by the Nazis.

The State Opera once lagged behind the almost hallowed National Theater under socialism, and the trend continued after the Velvet Revolution. Many productions were shabby in every way, but the three-year, $51 million major overhaul put an end to all that. Its reopening in 2020 coincided with the Musica non grata project and it couldn’t be a more symbiotic achievement. Schönberg’s Erwartung, Schreker’s Der ferne Klang, Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, Schulhoff’s Flammen, Weinberg’s Kaddish, Weinberger’s Švanda dudák – these are not only the titles that do honor to the victims, but valid and necessary productions for the today’s audience.

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Gothenburg Opera announces 2022-23 season https://saturova.cz/gothenburg-opera-announces-2022-23-season/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 05:24:39 +0000 https://saturova.cz/gothenburg-opera-announces-2022-23-season/ Swedish Opera Gothenburg has announced its 2022-23 season. The season opens with “The Bartered Bride” starring Mattias Ermedahl, Carolina Sandgren, Matilda Sterby, Anders Lorentzoson and Katarina Giotas. Alevtina Ioffe and Jirí Rozen alternate directing duties while Mellika Melouani Melani directs. Performance date: September 17 – October 25, 2022 Then, “Rigoletto” with Davide Giusti, Ólafur Sigurdarson, […]]]>

Swedish Opera Gothenburg has announced its 2022-23 season.

The season opens with “The Bartered Bride” starring Mattias Ermedahl, Carolina Sandgren, Matilda Sterby, Anders Lorentzoson and Katarina Giotas. Alevtina Ioffe and Jirí Rozen alternate directing duties while Mellika Melouani Melani directs.

Performance date: September 17 – October 25, 2022

Then, “Rigoletto” with Davide Giusti, Ólafur Sigurdarson, Ida Fak, Mats Almgren and Katarina Giotas, among others. Francesco Angelico conducts under the direction of David Bösch.

Performance date: Sep 18 & 24, 2022

“Sandvargen” by Johanna Fridolfsson and Malin Aghed will have its world premiere under the direction of Emelie Sigelius and the direction of the composer. Hanna Brehmer, Åke Zetterström, Viktor Johansson and Viveca Rydén Mårtensson are the stars.

Performance date: November 12 to 27, 2022

“The Tales of Hoffmann” will star Tomas Lind, Joachim, Bäckström and Brian Michael Moore (three singers for the title role). Other cast members include Katarina Karnéus, Kerstin Avemo (playing the three heroines), Daniel Ralphsson, Markus Pettersson, and Daniel Hayes, among others. Sébastien Rouland conducts under the direction of Krystian Lada.

Performance date: November 26, 2022 – January 15, 2023

Ida Falk Winland, Andrei Danilov, Thomas Atkins, Luthando Qave, Mia Karlsson and Sofie Asplund star in “La Bohème”. Max Webster conducts.

Performance date: January 21 – May 10, 2023

Strauss’ “Die schweigsame” will feature Anders Lorentzson, Katarina Giotas, Hannes Öberg, Sofie Asplund and Mia Karlsson, among others. Yoel Gamzou directs and Barrie Kosky directs.

Performance date: March 4 – April 6, 2023

The season closes with “Nabucco” directed by Giancarlo Andretta and directed by Jacopo Spirei. The cast stars Mats Persson, Tomas Lind, Mats Almgren, Ann-Kristin Jones, Daniel Ralphsson and Mia Karlsson.

Performance date: May 20 – June 10, 2023

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The NACC will stage an opera on October 21 and 23 https://saturova.cz/the-nacc-will-stage-an-opera-on-october-21-and-23/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 04:01:47 +0000 https://saturova.cz/the-nacc-will-stage-an-opera-on-october-21-and-23/ Submitted Thu Sep 15, 2022 11:35 PM Niagara Falls has something to sing about! Puccini’s masterpiece “La Bohème” will be on stage at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 21 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 23. The organizers said: “This passionate, timeless and indelible love story between young […]]]>

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Niagara Falls has something to sing about!

Puccini’s masterpiece “La Bohème” will be on stage at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 21 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 23.

The organizers said: “This passionate, timeless and indelible love story between young Parisian artists may establish itself as the most beautiful and popular opera ever written in the world. Sung in Italian, the story follows the lives of artists who have taken up residence in the Latin Quarter of Paris.

“This is the first time that an opera event of such magnitude has taken place on the stage of the former high school that has become a multi-arts centre. However, the NACC has been preparing for it for years by celebrating International Opera Day every year with live concerts and performances by local singers. This year, the two will be combined. The performance will feature not only the rich, vibrant and soaring voices of Jenna Washburn, Karen D’Angelo, James Judd, Brandon Mecklenburg, Kyle Botsford, Timothy Flynn and Stephen Edge, but also an orchestra conducted by James Welsh.

“This performance is only two days long and will raise funds for the restoration of the historic building – and will help the arts center continue its mission of bringing artistic and cultural experiences to the community.”

Tickets are now available at Fortuna’s Restaurant, Webster’s Bistro and NACC.

Each location also offers special dinners and free shuttle service to the event.

Use this link for opera tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-boheme-opera-at-the-nacc-tickets-341186888167.

The NACC is located at 1201 Pine Ave. Visit www.thenacc.org and www.facebook.com/TheNACC.

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THE SCOOP | Opera Atelier opens the 2022/23 season with familiar faces and a scene in Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’ https://saturova.cz/the-scoop-opera-atelier-opens-the-2022-23-season-with-familiar-faces-and-a-scene-in-purcells-dido-and-aeneas/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 21:28:57 +0000 https://saturova.cz/the-scoop-opera-atelier-opens-the-2022-23-season-with-familiar-faces-and-a-scene-in-purcells-dido-and-aeneas/ Opera Atelier artists in ‘Dido and Aeneas’ (Photo courtesy of Opera Atelier) Opera Atelier’s 2022/23 season opener is marked by returns – the return of the company to the elegant Elgin Theatre, and of soprano Measha Brueggergosman-Lee and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. “We are delighted to return to the Elgin Theatre, after a four-year absence, […]]]>
Opera Atelier artists in ‘Dido and Aeneas’ (Photo courtesy of Opera Atelier)

Opera Atelier’s 2022/23 season opener is marked by returns – the return of the company to the elegant Elgin Theatre, and of soprano Measha Brueggergosman-Lee and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale.

“We are delighted to return to the Elgin Theatre, after a four-year absence, with the extraordinary work of Purcell, Dido and Aeneas,” said Marshall Pynkoski, CM, founding co-artistic director in a press release. “Roughly an hour long, the opera also works wonderfully as an introduction to the art form for audiences who have not yet experienced opera or ballet, including children and adults. young adults.”

Purcell’s opera tells a story of Greek mythology from Book IV of Virgil’s Aeneid, of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and her obsessive passion for the Trojan prince Aeneas. The opera, with a libretto by Nahum Tate, was composed in 1689. There are witches and magic in the story, as well as music and dancing.

Opera Atelier artists in 'Dido and Aeneas' (Photo courtesy of Opera Atelier)
Opera Atelier artists in ‘Dido and Aeneas’ (Photo courtesy of Opera Atelier)

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The all-Canadian cast will collectively debut their roles.

  • Soprano Meghan Lindsay and tenor Colin Ainsworth play Dido and Aeneas;
  • Soprano Measha Brueggergosman-Lee is the Wicked Witch;
  • Soprano Mireille Asselin plays Belinda;
  • Other cast members include soprano Cynthia Akemi Smithers, mezzo soprano Danielle MacMillan and tenor Spencer Britten making her Opera Atelier debut;
  • Set and costume design by Gerard Gauci and lighting design by Kimberly Purtell.

Pynkoski directs the 60-minute production, featuring the full body of Atelier Ballet performers, and choreography by founding co-artistic director Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, CM Atelier Music Director David Fallis will conduct October 20-22 , and Opera Atelier Deputy Music Director Christopher Bagan will make his Opera Atelier conducting debut on October 23.

“The Opera Atelier production of Dido and Aeneas restores dance to the central role it occupied in its original production. There were 17 dances when the opera premiered in 1689, ten of which were staged by Opera Atelier,” explains Lajeunesse Zingg. “The artists of the Atelier Ballet will be perfectly integrated into the staging in the roles of courtiers, witches, sailors and spirits.”

Alongside the performance, audience members can come early for pre-performance talks led by soprano Karine White, Professor Roberto Nickel and Dr. Hilary Donaldson before each performance in the Lower Lobby of the Elgin Theater 45 minutes before curtain time.

Opera Atelier presents Dido and Aeneas October 20 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and October 23 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets here.

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Minot Chamber Chorale partners with an opera company | News, Sports, Jobs https://saturova.cz/minot-chamber-chorale-partners-with-an-opera-company-news-sports-jobs/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 05:47:10 +0000 https://saturova.cz/minot-chamber-chorale-partners-with-an-opera-company-news-sports-jobs/ Photo submitted The Minot Chamber Chorale has partnered with the Western Plains Opera Company for the production of “Die Fledermaus”. Emerson Eads, center, is artistic director of the Minot Chamber Chorale and chorus master for the production of the operetta. This photo from a dress rehearsal on Wednesday was taken by Abbie […]]]>

Photo submitted The Minot Chamber Chorale has partnered with the Western Plains Opera Company for the production of “Die Fledermaus”. Emerson Eads, center, is artistic director of the Minot Chamber Chorale and chorus master for the production of the operetta. This photo from a dress rehearsal on Wednesday was taken by Abbie Naze.

Putting on a production of any opera takes a village, a big investment from the community and volunteers. The production of “Die Fledermaus” has the investment of members of the Minot Chamber Chorale, who partnered with the Western Plains Opera Company in lending their voices to this production, appearing in two of the three acts.

“Die Fledermaus” opened Friday and will be played again tonight at 7 a.m. at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the campus of Minot State University.

The second act opens with a party scene at Prince Orlofsky’s lavish villa, where the choir opens the act by singing, dancing, laughing, toasting, and drinking copious amounts of champagne. In the third act, after much scheming, mistaken identities and occasional episodes of infidelity, Prince Orlofsky comes to an end with all his assembled guests, who frenziedly praise love and, of course, , champagne.

Eric Furuseth, who has sung over 37 productions with the Western Plains Opera Company in lead roles, and as a backing vocalist, also served as president of the opera company for years, is a dedicated member of the Minot Chamber Chorale . The choir’s star viola, Cheryl Nilsen, graces the stage in another production. There are many other singers with their own stories.

Emerson Eads, artistic director of the Minot Chamber Chorale, is also the chorus master for this production.



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Weston Rhyn set to welcome international opera singers https://saturova.cz/weston-rhyn-set-to-welcome-international-opera-singers/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 09:33:44 +0000 https://saturova.cz/weston-rhyn-set-to-welcome-international-opera-singers/ WESTON Rhyn, Oswestry will host international opera singers for the production of Madame Butterfly at the Holroyd Community Theatre. The singers are members of the North Wales Opera Studio and are led by renowned local singer Anne Williams-King, who has performed at some of the world’s most impressive opera houses including the Royal Opera House, […]]]>

WESTON Rhyn, Oswestry will host international opera singers for the production of Madame Butterfly at the Holroyd Community Theatre.

The singers are members of the North Wales Opera Studio and are led by renowned local singer Anne Williams-King, who has performed at some of the world’s most impressive opera houses including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Glyndebourne.

Rehearsals are underway for the company’s production of Madame Butterfly, which runs from Thursday September 8 to Saturday September 10 and is conducted by Ms Williams-King and fellow international opera singer David Bartleet.

Ms Williams-King said: “I’m really encouraged by what we’ve done so far.

“This group of singers have the most extraordinary voices and a natural ability to tell a story – which is so important in opera.”

The singers have traveled the world to get here, with performers from China, Greece, India, Spain, Italy and Wales.

The production will be accompanied by live instruments and conducted by Mr Peter Crockford, who has experience conducting for the BBC, Glyndebourne and Welsh National Opera.

Mr Crockford said: “The understanding and humanity that Puccini manages to create in this opera is incredible.

“Audiences will get the glory and tragedy of history through music, no doubt.”

Made Butterfly is a tale of unrequited love, and Puccini’s poignant score follows the tragic story of Cio Cio San, a young Japanese girl who falls in love with US naval officer Pinkerton, with devastating consequences.

Ms Williams-King added: “If you haven’t been to the opera recently, or ever before, I can’t recommend this one highly enough.

“The music is just magnificent, the costumes are bright and we are in the most beautiful of settings, you will have a great evening.”

To book your tickets, go to www.theholroydtheatre.co.uk/madame-butterfly or call the box office on 01691 776069.

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Opera Orlando Announces Sara Lucille Law, Raphaella Medina and More 2022-2023 Studio Artists https://saturova.cz/opera-orlando-announces-sara-lucille-law-raphaella-medina-and-more-2022-2023-studio-artists/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 17:52:15 +0000 https://saturova.cz/opera-orlando-announces-sara-lucille-law-raphaella-medina-and-more-2022-2023-studio-artists/ Opera Orlando has announced that four singers will join the company’s Studio Artist program for the company’s 2022-23 Opera Everlasting season. The artists are Sara Lucille Law, soprano; Raphaella Medina, mezzo-soprano; Robert Hartfield, tenor; and Geoffrey Peterson, lyric baritone. “Opera Orlando’s Studio Artist Program offers talented young singers the opportunity to hone their craft and […]]]>

Opera Orlando has announced that four singers will join the company’s Studio Artist program for the company’s 2022-23 Opera Everlasting season. The artists are Sara Lucille Law, soprano; Raphaella Medina, mezzo-soprano; Robert Hartfield, tenor; and Geoffrey Peterson, lyric baritone.

“Opera Orlando’s Studio Artist Program offers talented young singers the opportunity to hone their craft and learn skills that will serve them well throughout their professional careers. Singers accepted into this residency are truly an extension of the Opera Orlando family,” says Program Director and Education Director Sarah Purser. Not only do they perform roles on stage, but they spread the joy of opera in our Central Florida community.”

Artists from the company’s studio can be seen performing in both MainStage and On the Town productions throughout the season. They will also engage with the Central Florida community through school programs, concerts at retreat centers, and other outreach events. Singers will receive acting, movement and singing training, and work with special guest artists in masterclasses. The program is designed to give young singers the opportunity to receive real-world experience and training to help propel their operatic careers.

The Studio Artists will be featured in a number of concerts and events this fall, including a concert on Wednesday, September 21 at 1 p.m. at the University Club of Winter Park. For more information, please visit www.UClubWP.org. They will also participate in a masterclass with conductor Chaowen Ting of The Magic Flute on Saturday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church. Both events are free and open to the public. Please email Info@OperaOrlando.org for more information and to RSVP.

Learn more about Opera Orlando’s 2022-2023 studio performers below:

Sara Lucille Law

Praised for her “…striking stage presence and precise high coloratura,” soprano Sara Lucille Law (South Florida Classical Review) is quickly making a name for herself on the opera and musical theater stages. A two-time BroadwayWorld actress-singer, Ms. Law has performed with the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Quisisana Resort, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, MSC Cruises, Victor Herbert Renaissance Project, Peach State Opera, /kor/ Productions , City Lyric Opera, Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston, Playground Opera, Taylor Festival Choir, Christman Opera Company, Moon River Opera, Commonwealth Lyric Theatre, Janiec Opera Company of Brevard Music Center, Miami Music Festival Professional Alumni Institute and Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

Raphaelle Medina

Praised for her colorful timbre and moving performances, mezzo-soprano Raphaella Medina is in high demand as a classical singer, with previous seasons including opera, concert and recital performances at venues across the United States. and abroad. During the 2021-22 season, Ms. Medina joined Opera Santa Barbara as a Chrisman Studio artist, performing MainStage roles, including a role and home debut as Diana in the mariachi opera, Cruzar the Cara de la Luna with the Grammy-winning ensemble Mariachi. Los Camperos. Ms. Medina spent the summer of 2021 in residence at Florentine Opera, performing concerts throughout the greater Milwaukee area, and in the 2019-2020 season she joined Opera Columbus as a resident artist, covering Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and giving concerts with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Central Ohio Symphony. Ms. Medina was also named the winner of the Bonnie Bell Encouragement Award in the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition.

Robert Hartfield

Robert Hartfield, tenor, hails from the farmlands of Kansas and Missouri. He has a very personal singing style, carefully developed since birth under the mentorship of his father, former opera singer Paul Hartfield Sr., and the college teachings of legendary baritone Professor Kim Josephson. Mr. Hartfield won a number of prestigious awards early in his singing career, including winning six National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competitions. Soon after, he was in leading roles with opera companies including Opera in the Ozarks, Cimarron Opera, and the Collegium Musicum. A strong proponent of musical prowess, Mr. Hartfield has extensively studied cello and organ and enjoys performing a range of compositions from the Baroque era to contemporary operatic compositions. He recently earned his master’s degree in opera performance at the University of Oklahoma, immediately embarking on his singing career. His latest engagements include performances with Central City Opera, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, Music on Site Opera and Pensacola Opera. Robert’s next appearances include performances with Pensacola Opera, Opera Saratoga and Finger Lakes Opera.

Geoffrey Peterson

Geoffrey Peterson, lyric baritone, is originally from Trumansburg, New York. He recently created the role of Augustus in The Secret River with Opera Orlando as a studio artist for the 2021-22 season, and he also created the roles of pastor/promoter/Walter White in the world premiere of Marian’s Song at the Houston Grand Opera. Mr. Peterson has also been active as a teaching artist with Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco program, leading empathy training workshops at the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center and performing story operas. He was also a featured performer on Houston’s acclaimed “Opera to Go” program, which included the roles of Pavo Picasso in Strega Nona, Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love and Isabella/The King in Cinderella in Spain. An advocate for social justice through music, Mr. Peterson has served as soloist and ensemble member of the Houston Ebony Opera Guild, the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers and the Vitamin L Chorus. In 2021, he returned home to Trumansburg, NY to collaborate with the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts to host a Black History Month concert that highlighted the works of some lesser-performed African-American composers, including Margaret Bonds, William Grant Still, Moses Hogan, Damien Sneed, Jaqueline B. Hairston and H. Leslie Adams. Mr. Peterson is currently a board member and artistic advisor to I Colori Dell’Opera, an opera company that strives to provide performance opportunities and training resources to people of color in the greater region. of Houston.

Applications are now open for the 2023-2024 Studio Artist Roster. Interested singers should submit their material by January 2, 2023 via OperaOrlando.org/StudioArtists. LatinX singers are strongly encouraged to submit for this season given the role opportunities available. For more information or to express
If you are interested in the program, please email the Director of Education, Sarah Purser:
SPurser@OperaOrlando.org.

Season passes for Opera Orlando on MainStage are on sale now. Subscriptions are sold through the Bill & Mary Darden box office at the Dr. Phillips Center (445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando), online at www.DrPhillipsCenter.org, or by calling (407) 839-0119, ext. 0.

About Opera Orlando:

Opera Orlando celebrates, develops and shares the world’s greatest art form with the 2022-23 Opera Everlasting season marking the company’s seventh season producing high-quality, lyrical educational and entertainment programming that engages the diverse audiences of the center of Florida.

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Garbrick Brothers will be celebrated with sight and sound | Center County Gazette https://saturova.cz/garbrick-brothers-will-be-celebrated-with-sight-and-sound-center-county-gazette/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 13:44:42 +0000 https://saturova.cz/garbrick-brothers-will-be-celebrated-with-sight-and-sound-center-county-gazette/ Submitted by Penn State School of Music CENTER HALL – The local community of Center Hall will be the site of world premiere performances of a new work of musical theater written to celebrate the Garbrick Brothers and their century-old history in Brush Valley. The hour-long performance will be presented in Vernon Garbrick’s studio at […]]]>

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CENTER HALL – The local community of Center Hall will be the site of world premiere performances of a new work of musical theater written to celebrate the Garbrick Brothers and their century-old history in Brush Valley.

The hour-long performance will be presented in Vernon Garbrick’s studio at the base of Center Hall mountain, just below the ramp of getaway trucks. The workshop was designed by Vernon Garbrick (1907-1987) and it was there that he invented the collapsible Ferris wheel.

Although there will be no klieg lights or funnel cakes marking the occasion, there will be films, slides, sets and costumes and a cast of four singers, all from Penn State School of Music, and four members of the group Open Music, a local avant-garde group, led by Kevin Sims, percussionist. Local filmmaker Pearl Gluck and her friends will provide cinematic interludes on the Center Grange Carnival and County Fair. James Kalsbeek, artist, architect and installation specialist, will provide the sets and special effects.

Local poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf designed the show and wrote the lyrics. She and composer Bruce Trinkley wrote five songs to celebrate Vernon Garbrick’s inventions and his family’s decades of providing carnival rides and food to fairs all over the region, but especially the Center Grange County Fair.

The cast of professional singers includes world-renowned opera singers Jennifer Trost, soprano, and Amanda Silliker, mezzo-soprano; the State College Choral Society’s favorite tenor, Richard Kennedy; and up-and-coming young baritone Carter Houston, who recently performed lead roles in several Penn State Opera productions.

Trinkley is well known to local audiences beginning with the 1976 Pennsylvania Wagon Train Show and Mountain Laurels, a choral symphony celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of State College in 1996. Julia Spicher Kasdorf is a nationally acclaimed poet who has long written about the region and its people.

Performances are Saturday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free, but a $10 donation is requested at the door. The Garbrick Workshop is located at 375 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in the Center Hall.

Early performances are sponsored by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Awesome Foundation, the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association, and the Penn State Humanities Institute.

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Travel back in time to Mackinac Island https://saturova.cz/travel-back-in-time-to-mackinac-island/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 13:33:04 +0000 https://saturova.cz/travel-back-in-time-to-mackinac-island/ Few films ventured off the sound stage during Hollywood’s Golden Age, as major studios found it more profitable and efficient to film from the comfort of their atmosphere-controlled grounds. However, a rare film would supplement its studio footage with choice footage shot in a single location. One film that did this is MGM’s “This Time […]]]>

Few films ventured off the sound stage during Hollywood’s Golden Age, as major studios found it more profitable and efficient to film from the comfort of their atmosphere-controlled grounds. However, a rare film would supplement its studio footage with choice footage shot in a single location. One film that did this is MGM’s “This Time for Keeps” from 1947.

This film is a musical produced by the studio’s Joe Pasternak unit. The Hungarian-born producer loved stories centered on music and family, and this film typifies his style. Award-winning swimmer-turned-movie star Esther Williams plays the lead role, opposite crooner Johnny Johnston, a singer who never really made it in the movies.

Esther Williams as Nora Cambaretti and Johnny Johnston as ex-GI Dick Johnson get to know each other in “This Time for Keeps.” (MGM)

Much of the duration is filled with melodic fun provided by three great, yet very different, musical talents: Lauritz Melchior, Jimmy Durante and Xavier Cugat. While Cugat is mostly there to provide Latin beats with his band, including those from charming vocalist Lina Romay, Melchior and Durante play important roles in the story. Plus, former Metropolitan Opera star Melchior sings amazing tunes in his powerful voice, and Durante delivers some hilarious piano tunes in his inimitable style.

In the second half of the film, Williams’ character visits his hometown, which happens to be Mackinac Island, Michigan. In 1947 Mackinac Island was something of a rarity in that no automobiles were allowed on its streets – only horses and bicycles. Seventy-five years later, the tradition lives on, making it the only car-free city in the United States. Instead of using a backlot, MGM filmed on location on the single island. All the beautiful landscapes you see in the movie are still there today.

A lovely movie

Nora Cambaretti (Williams) stars in a New York aquacade, accompanied by longtime family friend and secret admirer Ferdi Farro (Durante). One evening, handsome ex-GI Dick Johnson (Johnston) arrives backstage. He reminds her that they met when she was entertaining herself at a military hospital, where her cheeky behavior bored her. She becomes friendly when she deduces that he is out of work.

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Jimmy Durante as Ferdi Faro (C) and Lauritz Melchior (R) as Dick Johnson’s father in ‘This Time for Keeps. (MGM)

To keep him off their show, Ferdi gets him a job as a vocalist with Cugat’s band; yet, Nora and Dick begin a whirlwind court anyway. She does not know that Dick is the son of the famous opera singer Richard Herald (Melchior). Dick’s father has planned his whole life, including Dick becoming an opera singer and marrying a girl he doesn’t love: Frances Allenbury (Mary Stuart). Dick doesn’t have the heart to tell his father, Frances, or Nora the truth.

Esther Williams shows off her amazing swimming skills in this film, cleverly integrated through performances, rehearsals and a swimming lesson on Mackinac Island. Whether she’s performing incredible underwater feats that the show’s audience couldn’t see, demonstrating a perfect dive or teaching her niece how to do the backstroke, she’s always looks elegant even when soaked.

You’d think water ballet would be a rather limited specialty, but MGM has managed to flaunt the swimming actress and her snug one-piece swimsuits in enough blockbuster movies to make her one of the biggest stars in film. Hollywood.

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Esther Williams as Nora Cambaretti shows off a perfectly fitted swimsuit in “This Time for Keeps.” (MGM)

At the film’s driest moments, there are enough musical styles in this movie to keep everyone entertained. None of the songs are an out-of-context “burst-in-song” moment, so they don’t slow the pace; the characters involved perform all of the featured music.

Lauritz Melchior brings opera to the masses through four classic arias, many of them in operatic performances in film. He also shows impressive acting skills as Dick’s strong-willed but loving father. Jimmy Durante performs more musical numbers than usual in this film, as he too renders four songs, including his signature “Inka Dinka Doo,” while pounding on the piano and cracking jokes.

Although he cannot compete with the fame of other male singers, Johnny Johnson proves his dignity of being in the movie with his beautiful folk style voice. He sings a few songs with Xavier Cugat’s band, including Cole Porter’s old MGM standard, “Easy to Love”. He also sings a very tender rendition of “Apple Blossom Time”.

Mackinac Island

“This Time for Keeps” was the first film to be shot on the island. Filming took place between July and October 1946, part of which was spent on the island. The summer scenes feature a delightful, “When It’s Lilac Time on Mackinac Island” by Lesley Kirk, which was written for a 1944 MGM travelogue about the unusual destination. Lilacs are indeed a specialty of the island of Michigan, which began hosting a lilac festival in late August two years after this film was released.

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The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island where ‘This Time for Keeps’ was filmed. (drdpw/CC BY-SA 3.0)

The facts Nora tells Dick about Mackinac Island are true today. While the island is visited by thousands of tourists in the summer, its population dwindles to a few hundred during the snowy winter. In fact, the city’s permanent population was actually larger in 1950, at 572, and then in 2020, at 470. As the 18-mile-wide island is surrounded by Lake Huron, it can only be accessed by ferry in summer, ice bridge in winter, and air charter.

As summer rolls in, as Jimmy Durante meets the oncoming boat, I’m sure the other onlookers in the crowd are actual Mackinac Island tourists and locals rather than extras.

One of the most famous locations on Mackinac Island is the Grand Hotel, built in 1887. Dick returns to Mackinac Island later in the film with Xavier Cugat’s band to perform at the hotel. You can see the beautiful architecture of this magnificent Victorian structure, including the longest porch in the world, where Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his phonograph.

Nora brings her niece, Deborah (Sharon McManus), to the hotel pool for her swimming lesson. Since the movie used the real hotel pool to film this scene, it was later named the Esther Williams Pool, a dedication that remains to this day. The hotel offers 388 rooms and suites, each decorated differently, including the Esther Williams suite with a view of the lake.

Time travel

In these troubled times, it’s nice to escape to a simpler world, like the peaceful days after World War II. “This Time for Keeps” is a vague title that fails to capture the charm of this endearing film. This is no flashy musical extravaganza. It’s a tender love story and a touching story about family obligations and the importance for parents to let their children lead their own lives. From Dame May Whitty as lovable old grandmother Cambaretti to Sharon McManus as a soulful-eyed great-granddaughter, the cast is full of once-famous performers you may not have seen before. After this movie you will remember and love them all.

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Johnny Johnston as ex-GI Dick Johnson and Esther Williams as Nora Cambaretti in “This Time for Keeps.” (MGM)
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