Soprano Andrea Shokery, shown here in the role of Norina in last season’s performance of “Don Pasquale,” a comic opera by Donizetti.
Soprano Andrea Shokery, shown here in the role of Norina in last season’s performance of “Don Pasquale,” a comic opera by Donizetti.

What do Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment” and Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” have in common?  They will all be performed during the upcoming 2014-2015 Arizona Opera season.  The Arizona Senior Academy is pleased to present a group of talented young singers from the Arizona Opera Studio Artists who will perform selections from these operas, as well as selections from their own repertoires, on Tuesday (Oct. 7) at 11:30 a.m.

Now in its eighth season, the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio provides critical support for promising young singers and pianist/coaches as they develop their skills and prepare for the demands and challenges of an operatic career. Over 650 applications were received this year for the seven coveted positions, bringing emerging artists of the highest caliber to Arizona.

The Studio Artists who will perform in the Oct. 7 concert include sopranos Andrea Shokery and Sarah Tucker, mezzo-soprano Beth Lytwynec, tenor Andrew Penning, baritone Chris Carr, bass-baritone Calvin Griffin and pianist/coach Sara Chiesa. Shokery, Lytwynec, Carr and Griffin are returning for a second season.  Arizona Opera welcomes Tucker, Penning and Chiesa as newcomers this season.

This concert is partially sponsored by Arizona Senior Academy members Suzanne and Jed Kee.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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Studio Artists Preview Arizona Opera’s Upcoming Season: Oct. 2014