Members of the Arizona Opera Studio Artists will appear in a midday concert at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (Sept. 17) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They will perform selections from the upcoming 2013-14 Arizona Opera season as well as selections from their own repertoire.
Established during the 2007-08 Arizona Opera season, the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio Program provides critical support for promising young singers as they develop their skills and prepare for the demands and challenges of an operatic career.
In residence all season, Studio Artists can be seen performing both in mainstage productions and throughout Arizona. The Studio also provides well-rounded, personalized instruction designed to propel each artist to the next level. Last season, Studio members were the principal singers in a workshop of a new opera by Craig Bohmler, “Riders of the Purple Sage,” based on Zane Gray’s classic western novel by the same name.
The Studio Artists who will be performing at the Arizona Senior Academy include five singers and one pianist.
Soprano Andrea Shokery will perform the roles of Musetta in La bohème and Norina in Don Pasquale this season.
Mezzo-soprano Beth Lytwynec joins the Studio to sing Flora in “La Traviata” and Mary in “The Flying Dutchman.”
Tenor David Margulis returns for a second season with the Studio to sing Gastone in “La Traviata” and Ernesto in “Don Pasquale.”
Baritone Chris Carr will sing Schaunard in “La Bohème” and Malatesta in “Don Pasquale” this season.
Bass-baritone Calvin Griffin will be featured at Arizona Opera as Colline in “La Bohème” and Dr. Grenvil in “La Traviata.”
Pianist/coach Nyle Matsuoka will be an integral part of the Arizona Opera music staff for four mainstage productions this season, following his summer as a coaching fellow at Wolf Trap Opera.
This concert is made possible by a generous gift from Arizona Senior Academy members Suzanne and Jed Kee.
Submitted by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer