The 2017-18 Arizona Opera season kicks off in Tucson on Oct. 15 at the Fox Theatre with an “out of this world event” – Hercules vs Vampires! The opening performance combines operatic singing and 1960s pop culture, synchronizing live music with the 1961 cult classic film, Hercules in the Haunted World. The original film will be projected above a live orchestra while singers perform music to a new, original score.
The season will progress with more predictable opera fare: Tosca, Barber of Seville, Das Rheingold, and as part of the 2018 celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary, his Candide.
As a preview to the Arizona Opera season, the Arizona Senior Academy is pleased to present a concert by the 2017-2018 Studio Artists from the Arizona Opera Studio on Tuesday (Sept. 26) at 11:30 a.m. The program will include arias, duets and ensembles from the upcoming season.
The current Studio Artists include lyric coloratura soprano Katrina Galka from Milwaukee, WI, mezzo soprano Stephanie Sanchez from Las Cruces, NM, tenor Anthony Ciaramitaro from Coral Springs, FL, baritone Jarrett Porter from Dennisville, NJ, bass-baritone Zachary Owen from St. Charles, IL, and pianist/coach Michael Lewis from Lewisburg, PA.
For the past 10 years, the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio has been providing critical support for promising young singers and pianist/coaches, bringing emerging artists of the highest caliber to Arizona. Over 650 applications were received for this year’s six coveted positions.
In residence all season, Studio Artists perform both on Arizona Opera’s mainstage and throughout Arizona. The Studio also provides well-rounded, personalized instruction that propels each artist to the next level and helps bridge the gap between academic studies and a professional career.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer