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Soprano Hope Briggs in Concert

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Open Opera is proud to present a special concert featuring the gorgeous voice and artistry of soprano Hope Briggs. Ms. Briggs will perform a recital of songs and arias by Schumann, Strauss, Faure, Verdi, Puccini and others accompanied by pianist Ron Valentino. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Ms. Briggs in an intimate historical setting. Please join Open Opera in welcoming this distinguished soprano to the Berkeley Piano Club on Saturday afternoon, June 4th at 12:30.

Soprano Hope Briggs

Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm

FREE with suggested donation of $15

WHERE: Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (Map)
Ample parking is one block away at Underhill Parking Facility (2650 Haste Street)

WHO: Soprano HOPE BRIGGS is well known for her dramatic portrayals and her distinctive voice. Of her impressive San Francisco Opera debut as the Duchess of Parma in Busoni’s Doktor Faust, for which Opera News raved, "In her company debut, as the Duchess, soprano Hope Briggs was stellar, delivering one of the evening’s highlights with her lusciously intoned, lovelorn aria." Please see HopeBriggs.com for more information.

Open Opera is coming to OAKLAND!

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Oakland, CA, April 6, 2011 Open Opera is coming to OAKLAND on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 3PM! Dimond Recreational Center and Park, a beautiful park located off of 580 and Park, is hosting Open Opera’s first concert in Oakland. Open Opera, is now in its third year of bringing professional quality, admissions-free opera concerts to Bay Area parks.
“We’re bringing opera to the public for free in a time of economic uncertainty, and using public outdoor spaces to build community through the arts,” says mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Baker, also one of Open Opera’s co-founders and its Creative Director. Mothers with infants, retired couples, picnicking families and young adults all have been a part of Open Opera audiences in the past.
Internationally- renowned soprano Olivia Stapp co-founded Open Opera in 2008 because “We wanted to return opera to its informal origins so a music lover can listen, walk around, or picnic during a performance.” Executive Director Ellen St. Thomas, the nonprofit group’s third co-founder, says Open Opera “makes opera accessible and enjoyable for a wider audience, without the cost or formality.
Since its founding in 2008, Open Opera estimates that its free public performances have reached an estimated 6,000 people in Berkeley, Alameda and Orinda. Extending its artistic reach into Oakland is a natural progression of Open Opera’s mission. Michelle Doppelt, recreation supervisor exclaims, “I hope the entire community comes out to see this unique FREE event. Having the Open Opera concert in Dimond Park will add to the variety of high quality events we offer”.
WHAT: Free performance of crowd-pleasing opera favorites
WHEN: Saturday, May 7 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM
WHERE: Dimond Recreation Center & Park,3860 Hanly Rd. Oakland, CA 94602
MAP: http://tinyhttp.com/dimond
Dimond Recreation Center and Park is accessible to all persons with disabilities.

Media Contact:
Ellen St. Thomas
510-547-2471
ellen@openopera.net
openopera.net

For more information call:

Michelle Doppelt
Recreation Supervisor
Dimond Recreation Center & Park
3860 Hanly Rd. Oakland, CA 94602
510-482-7831 Office

Open Opera’s Upcoming events:

May 21, 2011 at 3PM Opera Concert in the Park at Live Oak Park, Berkeley
July 31, 2011 at 4PM Opera Concert in the Park, Orinda Community Park

Open Opera’s Spring Salon Recital Series

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

O P E N O P E R A

Presents

Nicolai Janitzky, baritone
James Meredith, piano

March 26, 2011, 2 p.m.

Serenata (text by G. A. Cesareo)
Ideale (text by Carmelo Enrico)
L’ultima canzone (text by Francesco Cimmino)
Music by Francesco Paolo Tosti (April 9, 1846 – December 2, 1916)

Die Todesahnung … O du mein holder Abendstern, Tannhäuser
Music and text by Richard Wagner (May 22, 1813 – February 13, 1883)

At the noisy ball (text by Aleksei K. Tolstoy)
None but the lonely heart (text by L.A Mey after Wolfgang von Goethe)
Don Juan’s Serenade (text by Aleksei K. Tolstoy)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (May 7, 1840 – November 6, 1893)

Cavatina from Aleko, Aleko
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (April 1, 1873 – March 28, 1943)

Don Quixote to Dulcinea (text by Paul Morand)
Chanson romanesque
Chanson épique
Chanson à boire
Music by Joseph-Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937)

Nicolai Janitzky is a native of Northern California. His recent engagements include Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov with San Francisco Opera, Baron Douphol in La Traviata with San Diego Opera, Marcello in La Boheme with Sacramento Opera, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore with Bear Valley Music Festival, Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte with Opera Idaho, and Silvio in I Pagliacci with Livermore Valley Opera. Other roles he has sung include the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Pélleas et Mélisande, Valentin in Faust, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Papageno in The Magic Flute. He has also worked at Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. He is an active recitalist, and has performed in such venues as Carnegie (Weill) Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Cleveland Institute of Music Art Song Festival. He is the winner of several competitions including the George London Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, and Opera Index Foundation. He has also been a finalist in the Operalia (Placido Domingo) Vocal Competition. He studied at the Yale University Opera Program and the Music Academy of the West.

One of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most well-rounded musicians, James Meredith conducts the country’s acclaimed Sonos Handbell Ensemble. A native of North Carolina, Mr. Meredith received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University. He is a musical partner with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and dramatic soprano Olivia Stapp. As a solo pianist, vocal and instrumental accompanist and conductor in America, Europe and Asia, his work has brought him into contact with such artists as Elly Ameling, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Eleanor Steber, Evelyn Lear and Gerald Moore for whom he has played masterclasses. For four years Mr. Meredith was assistant to pianist Dalton Baldwin in summer art song master classes at the French Conservatory in Nice. Concerts with Ms. Von Stade included an appearance on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” reaching a National Public Radio audience of over two million listeners, and two concerts with Sonos in a premiere of Libby Larsen’s “Hell’s Belles.” He has been conductor of the Oakland Symphony Chorus, was on the faculty of Merritt College, taught master classes at Holy Names College and San Jose State University and was Festival Opera chorus master for two seasons. Mr. Meredith has been teaching, accompanying and coaching students for the Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley for 14 years. His voice students are winners of many competitions and have gone for advanced degrees at top-ranked universities and conservatories, many on scholarships. He is on the board of directors for the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Pacific Musical Society and the Young Peoples Symphony Orchestra.

SAVE THE DATE!

• 5/7/11 Concert in the Park, Dimond Recreation Center and Park, Oakland 3 p.m.
• 5/21/11 Concert in the Park, Live Oak Park, Berkeley 3 p.m.
• 6/4/11 Annual Celebration and Concert, Berkeley Piano Club, Berkeley 11 a.m.
• 7/9-10/11 & 7/16-17/11 Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, fully staged with orchestra
John Hinkel Park, Berkeley 3 p.m.
• 7/31/11 Concert in the Park, Orinda (Sponsored by the Orinda Rotary) 4 p.m.

for more information please visit OpenOpera.net
Open Opera is a project of Vocal Arts Institute, a CA 501 (c) 3 organization
EIN 68-0339528

Open Opera brings free professional opera to Bay Area parks and builds community through the arts.

Audition Announcement for the role of Despina

Friday, March 18th, 2011

AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT FOR DESPINA IN COSI FAN TUTTE
Date: March 24, 2011
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Place: Berkeley Piano Club 2724 Haste Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (Convenient on bus and parking lot nearby)
Requirements: We are interested in casting Despina as a man but women are encouraged to audition as well. Women can sing either of Despina’s arias and men can bring an aria of their choice.
Cosi fan tutte will be performed outside with orchestra, costumes and in Italian at John Hinkel Park, Berkeley, CA on July 9/10 and 16/17. Rehearsals will be in Berkeley or Oakland and will start on June 20. Stage director: Olivia Stapp, Music Director Jonathan Khuner. Please go to the Doodle.com to sign-up for an audition.

Open Opera Receives Grant from the City of Berkeley

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

PRESS RELEASE
March 16, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact
Ellen St. Thomas
510-547-2471
ellen@openopera.net
openopera.net

Open Opera, a Berkeley-based nonprofit now in its third year of bringing professional quality, admissions-free opera concerts to Bay Area parks, received a two-year grant in August 2010 from the City of Berkeley’s Civic Arts Grant Program to support performances during its 2010- 2011 season. In the first year of the grant Open Opera brought a fully-costumed and staged performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to Berkeley, free of charge. This year’s lineup includes 4 performances of Cosi fan tutti to be held at Berkeley’s John Hinkel Park during weekends in July, along with a roster of free opera voice concerts to take place at parks throughout the East Bay.

“We’re bringing opera to the public for free in a time of economic uncertainty, and using public outdoor spaces to build community through the arts,” says mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Baker, also one of Open Opera’s co-founders and its Creative Director. Mothers with infants, retired couples, picnicking families and young adults all have been a part of Open Opera audiences in the past. Susan Wengraf, Berkeley City Council Member, District 6, adds, “Open Opera makes opera accessible to everyone, regardless of income. They offer an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy professionally performed opera to our community!”

Internationally- renowned soprano Olivia Stapp co-founded Open Opera in 2008 because “We wanted to return opera to its informal origins so a music lover can listen, walk around, or picnic during a performance.” Executive Director Ellen St. Thomas, the nonprofit group’s third co-founder, says Open Opera “makes opera accessible and enjoyable for a wider audience, without the cost or formality. The people of Berkeley have embraced Open Opera’s efforts with an outpouring of support for its performances so it’s a real honor for the City of Berkeley to become an official sponsor.”

Since its founding in 2008, Open Opera has produced four performances of Mozart’s masterpieces, The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, complete with period costumes and an orchestra at John Hinkel Park in Berkeley, seven concerts in Bay Area parks, (four concerts at Live Oak Park) and three master classes (held at the Berkeley Piano Club), all featuring international artists. The group estimates that its free public performances have reached an estimated 6,000 people in Berkeley and employed approximately 200 local singers, pianists, instrumentalists and craftspeople.

“What a treat to have Open Opera in the heart of our North Berkeley summer. Beautiful music. Beautiful setting. Hundreds of happy opera lovers. Thank you!” exclaimed Laurie Capitelli, Berkeley City Council Member, District 5.

Upcoming events:
May 21, 2011 at 3PM Opera Concert in the Park at Live Oak Park, Berkeley
July 9/10 and 16/17 at 3PM Cosi fan tutte, an opera by Mozart sung in Italian with English supertitles, fully staged with costumes and orchestra conducted by Jonathan Khuner, stage directed by Olivia Stapp at John Hinkel Park.

The Doctor and The Diva by Adrienne McDonnell

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Greetings from Adrienne McDonnell, author of the debut novel, THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA (Viking, 2010). Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting you at the Master Class with Tomoko Okada. That night as I pushed open the gate and wandered down a garden path to the Berkeley Piano Club, I had no idea what a fascinating evening it would prove to be. The wood-panelled performance space felt cozy and inviting as Olivia Stapp sat down casually at the front of the stage, welcoming the audience and telling us with warmth and candor about her own experiences performing Mozart repertoire. I could have listened to her talk all night.

The six singers from Open Opera were wonderful, too — all strongly talented. I marveled at Tomoko Okada’s precision and gentle exuberance as she worked with each vocalist. At first she’d play and listen to a given aria, and when the vocalist reached the end, Tomoko would nod and lean forward, almost rising off the bench in eagerness, ready to exact more from each performer. She’d lift her hands from the keyboard and raise her palms upward toward the singer, urging: “Let’s try it this way, shall we?” As the phrases grew purer, more lit by emotion (the sounds surely closer to what Mozart may have heard in his mind), Tomoko nodded even more rapidly, clasping her palms together in approval. A singer’s progress made her breathless, nearly giddy. Finally she’d turn to the audience and say (of Papageno’s suicide aria, for example), “That’s better, isn’t it? Now you feel sorry for him.”

That evening I felt as if I’d stepped inside scenes from my novel. THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA was inspired by my son’s great-great grandmother (an opera singer) and hundreds of pages of family letters. In 1903, this ancestor left her prominent husband and young son in Boston and sailed to Italy, risking everything to develop her operatic career.

Last summer when the hardcover edition was first published, Viking sent me on a national book tour. One of my favorite events was a lovely garden party in New Canaan, Connecticut where I read scenes from the novel, and a pianist and a mezzo soprano performed arias that my fictional diva sang.

More events, readings, and appearances will be scheduled this fall when the paperback version is released on October 25, 2011. I love the notion of infusing live music into such literary celebrations, and am very open to your ideas about how this might be accomplished. I live near Berkeley (in Kensington), and if you happen to read THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA and feel any interest in participating in a Bay Area event — a literary/musical salon to trumpet the paperback release — please let me know.

Here’s the gist of a few reviews for THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA:

“Some novels just naturally enslave you, and this is one of them…. serious and gripping… [a] brilliant debut novel…” — The Washington Post

“This amazing debut novel … is, quite simply, one of the best novels I’ve read all year.” — an Editor’s Choice selection, Historical Novels Review

“…sumptuous… [an] explosive tale… Read the book now, then place bets on when the movie version will come out.” — Redbook

Here’s a link to the full Washington Post review of THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/05/AR2010080506415.html

Here’s the link to my author website where you’ll find a short video, along with a list of arias my heroine sings:

www.adriennemcdonnell.com

I’m quite impressed with Open Opera, and would love to hear back from any of you. Please forward this e-mail to the other singers who participated in the Master Class (Aimee Puentes, Eileen Meredith, Angela Moser, Torlef Borsting, and Ryan Bradford) — as well to the charismatic and remarkable Tomoko Okada — along with my thanks and congratulations.

Cheers and thanks to all,
Adrienne

www.adriennemcdonnell.com

Open Opera receives grant from East Bay Community Foundation

Monday, February 7th, 2011

PRESS RELEASE
February 3, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact
Ellen St. Thomas
510-547-2471
ellen@openopera.net
openopera.net

Open Opera, a Berkeley-based nonprofit now in its third year of bringing professional quality, admissions-free opera concerts and performances to Bay Area parks received a $5,000 grant from the East Bay Community Foundation in support of its 2011 season. The year’s events supported by the grant include a fully staged performance with orchestra of Cosi fan tutti, a master class with world-renowned pianist and opera voice coach, and several outdoor vocal concerts.

“We’re bringing opera to the public for free in a time of economic uncertainty, and using public outdoor spaces to build community through the arts,” said mezzo soprano Elizabeth Baker, Open Opera’s co-founder and Creative Director. Mothers with infants, retired couples, picnicking families and young adults, and kids sitting in come to hear beautiful musical performances in the park.

Renowned soprano Olivia Stapp co-founded Open Opera in 2008 because “We wanted to return opera to its informal origins so a music lover can listen, walk around, or picnic during a performance.” Director Ellen St. Thomas, the nonprofit group’s third co-founder, says Open Opera “makes opera accessible and enjoyable for a wider audience, without the cost or formality.”

Since its founding in 2008, Open Opera has produced four performances of Mozart’s masterpieces, The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, complete with period costumes and an orchestra at John Hinkel Park in Berkeley, seven concerts in Bay Area parks, and three master classes featuring international artists. The group estimates that its free public performances have reached an estimated 6,000 people across Berkeley, Alameda and Orinda counties, and employed approximately 200 singers, pianists, instrumentalists and craftspeople.

“The grant from the East Bay Community Foundation will give us additional resources to reach out to continue to provide great opera programming free to the public,” St. Thomas noted.

The East Bay Community Foundation (www.eastbaycf.org) connects community needs in Alameda and Contra Costa counties with individuals, families and organizations interested in charitable giving — and acts as a catalyst for change through leading initiatives, advocacy, and partnerships with business, government, and private foundations. Formed in 1928, the Foundation is a leading resource on charitable giving and community needs, stewarding more than 500 charitable funds and endowments.

OPEN OPERA FANS SPEAK OUT! We are the coolest opera company…

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Open Opera Sizzles in the Cool Summer of 2010 Ron Fujie, supporter of Open Opera, makes a wonderful video from the 2009-2010 season. Changing the world one opera performance at a time. Paste link into browser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISpUw5t0z1M

Open Opera presents : “Mastering the Mozart Style” with Tomoko Okada

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

OPEN OPERA presents
Master Class with Tomoko Okada
“Mastering the Mozart Style”
Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste Street
Berkeley, CA 94705
Sunday, January 30, 2011
6PM-9PM

Open Opera begins its 2011 season by presenting a master class with coach Tomoko Okada.
About Tomoko:
“Tomoko Okada has been a coach in German Opera Houses for many years, culminating in 10 years at the Bayrische Staatsoper in Munich where she worked with the world’s top conductors and singers. She is Jeaneane Alemeyer’s (the famous Wagnerian Soprano) favorite coach in Germany. It turns out she also worked with Olivia Stapp, when she was singing Elektra at Frankfurt-am-Rhein!

Tomoko is kind, enthusiastic and upbeat while keeping you to top international standards of musicality and diction. She is an incomparable pianist as she is able to play “impossible to play” pieces (Wagner, Richard Strauss, Berg).
Since she is so familiar with the German theater system and plays regularly for top agent auditions, she was very insightful about helping me pick audition repertoire.” – Elender Wall, mezzo-soprano, Los Angeles

Tomoko: “I was fortunate to work with great conductors that perform music in the right style. But singers can discover the style independently if they learn how to read the music properly. You can never be precise enough and I find looking at music and discovering the intention of the composer infinitely fascinating. Singers will appreciate Tomoko’s extensive experience as the go between the conductor and the singer. Conductors are more impressed with singers who are great musicians-those that understand the music intimately. Great musicians bring out better conductors. To my great delight my approach is enjoyed by singers.”

“Three keys to excellent recitative performance: learn as it is written, pay attention to the harmony changes, which word has a particular rhythm, where the composer puts the rest, which word has the longest note in the phrase tells us which word the composer wants to emphasize.”

“Two great weapons: 1) Free to change the tempo when the recitative does not need conducted.
2) Free to change the dynamics.

“As a rehearsal pianist, you play from the opera score and you have certain freedom, what to play and what not to play. You do this every day 7 days a week, for years, you develop a certain style of playing.”

“I was fortunate to work at the opera house where I could represent the orchestra during the day and then at night listened to the orchestra.” (Colleagues complimented Tomoko saying that they could hear the orchestra in her playing. MAGIC!”)

“When you figure out the right phrasing then you use breath the most efficient way, therefore the voice is more beautiful. Also, be very aware of the melody, harmony and rhythm. Melody is easy for singers. That is why singers must pay attention to harmony and rhythm.”

Reflections from Olivia Stapp: “ I think she goes past the written score and brings new insights and deep understanding therefore brings music making to a whole different level. One could say the international level. What makes Tomoko so valuable is she worked in the German system where there are performances every night for months and months, therefore, her repertory range is vast from early music to contemporary. It is unusual to have access to someone with this type experience in the Bay Area. This master class is an opportunity for artists to upgrade their skills, develop a new approach to preparing music performance. Tomoko’s playing will also be a revelation for accompanists as her piano playing is renowned for her mastery of reflecting the elements of the orchestra. “
Tomoko Collaborations:

Conductors: Zuben Mehta, Guiseppe Patane, Peter Schneider, Horst Stein, Silvio Varviso, Jacque Delaote, Marcello Viotti,
Michael Gielen, Donald Runnicles,Nicola Luisotti, Marco Armilieato, Alberto Zedda (Rossini expert)

Singers: Jeannine Altmeyer, Edita Gruberova, Sheri Grenewald Cheryl Studer, Pietra Maria Schnitzer, Barbara Bonney, Linda Watson, Agnes Baltsa, Feruccio Furlanetto, Manfred Schank, Uglia Varady, Franz Grundheber, Dennis O’Neill, Louis Quillico, Anna Nebtrebko, Diana Damrau

Opera Houses: Opera Frankfurt, Munich and Brussells Geneva

Handel: Ariodante, Rinaldo Iver Bolton) Rodelinda, Saul, Guilio Cesare, Xerxes
-Mozart: Figaro, Zauberflute, Cosi, Abduction, Ideomeno, Clemenza di tito
-Beethoven: Fidelio Zuben Mehta, Waltrud Meyer, Peter Sieffert
Der Freishutz
Bellini: I Puritani, I Capitetti e Montechi,
Donizetti: Don Pasquale, L’elisir d’amore (Barbara Bonney)
Rossini: Il Barbarieri di Seville, Cenorentolla, Italiani in algeri, Il Turco in Italia, Musee
Verdi: Aida, Don Carlo, Il Trovatore, La Forza Del Destino, La Traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Othello, Falstaff, Un Ballo in Maschera, Macbeth, Nabbucco
Puccini: Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Turandot, La Boheme, Il Triticco
Bizet: Carmen

Wagner: Tannhauser, Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal, Lohegrin, Dutchman, The Ring
Richard Strauss: Rosenkavelier, Salome, Elekra, Ariadne auf Naxos, Capriccio, Arabella
Berg: Lulu

She is available for private coachings until Feb 1st. She is charging $75, and is coaching in San Francisco, near City College of San Francisco.

Call 415-587-0836 or email elender@elenderwall.com for appointments.

Opera Concert at Orinda Community Park-July 25, 2010

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

"Laci darem la mano"  from Don GiovanniOPEN OPERA’S PROGRAM FOR ORINDA OPERA IN THE PARK
July 25, 2010

Eileen Meredith: “Chi’l bel sogno di Doretta” from La Rondine by Puccini

Lisa van der Ploeg: “Stride la vampa” from Il Trovatore by Verdi

Pedro Rodelas: “La donna e mobile” from Rigoletto by Verdi

Heather McFadden and Eileen Meredith: “Barcarolle” from Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach

Lisa Houston: “Non Piu Mesta” from Cenorentola by Rossini

Megan Cullen: “Song to the Moon” from Rusulka by Dvorák

Eileen Meredith and Lisa van der Ploeg: “Vien Maillika…” from Lakme by Delibes

Leland Morine: “O vin dissipe la tristesse” from Hamlet by Thomas

Heather McFadden: “Voi lo sapete” from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni

Pedro Rodelas and Eileen Meredith “O soave fanciulla from La Boheme by Puccini

INTERMISSON

Elizabeth Baker and Nick Janitzky: “ Laci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni by Mozart

Eileen Meredith: “Caro nome” from Rigoletto by Verdi

Raymond Chavez: Federico’s Lament from L’Arlesiana by Cilea

Elizabeth Baker: “Una voce poco fa” from Il Barbiere di Sevillia by Rossini

Raymond Chavez and Nick Janitzky: “O Mimi, Tu Più Non Torni” from La Boheme by Puccini

Heather McFadden: “Accerba volutta” from Adriana Lecouvreur by Cilea

Megan Cullen: “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca by Puccini

Nick Janitzky: “E lucevan le stelle” from Tosca by Puccini

Lisa van der Ploeg: “Mon cœur” from Samson et Dalila by Saint Saëns

Pedro Rodelas and Leland Morine: “Au fond du temple saint” from Pearl Fishers by Bizet

Lisa Houston: “Habeñera” from Carmen by Bizet

Eileen Meredith, Heather McFadden, Pedro Rodelas and Leland Morine: “Bel figlia” from Rigoletto by Verdi

"O soave fanciulla" from La Boheme