Following the opening weekend of the 2018 Arizona Opera Season in Tucson on Oct. 5 and 6, the Arizona Senior Academy will present a concert of arias, duets, and ensembles from the current season on the following Tuesday (Oct. 9) at 11:30 a.m., featuring the 2018-19 Studio Artists from the Arizona Opera Studio.
The current Arizona Opera season mixes three striking dramatic works with two beloved opera favorites.
Astor Piazzolla’s “Maria de Buenos Aires” is a gripping tale in which the sensual rhythms of tango combine with operatic passions. Daniel Schnyder’s “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird” delves in to the personal purgatory of the great jazz legend as he attempts to compose his final masterpiece. “Silent Night” by Kevin Puts was inspired by the famous story of Christmas Eve caroling in 1914 by British, French and German soldiers who then returned to the grim killing field the next morning.
By contrast, the familiarity of Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” will take hold of your heart with glorious melodies and complex characters who deal with more mundane matters of family, love, loyalty and intrigue.
This season’s Studio Artists include sopranos Cadie Jordan from Baton Rouge, La., and Kaitlyn Johnson from Atlanta, Ga., mezzo-soprano Katherine Beck from Vermont, tenor Bille Bruley from Montgomery, Tex., baritone Jarrett Porter from San Francisco, Calif., bass-baritone Brandon Morales from San Antonio, Tex., and pianist/coach Michael Lewis from Lewisburg, Pa.
The Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio provides critical support for promising young singers and pianist/coaches, bringing emerging artists of the highest caliber to Arizona. The Studio Artists perform on Arizona Opera’s main stages and throughout Arizona. The Studio also provides personalized instruction that helps bridge the gap between academic studies and a professional career.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer