Joshua Conyers in Concert
You loved him in Rigoletto; now see and hear him up close! Joshua Conyers, the lead in Opera Wilmington’s 2015 production of Verdi’s masterpiece, will headline our annual symposium with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 22.
Since singing the role of Rigoletto in Wilmington, Conyers has made his deliciously honeyed baritone [Opera News] heard in the opera world. He is a member of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 2018-2019 season. As a program participant, he is featured in a variety of baritone roles in National Opera productions. We are so fortunate to lure him back to teach the symposium masterclass Friday afternoon and treat us to a wide-ranging concert program. Tickets are available through UNCW’s Kenan Box Office or online here. Please note that there is a fee for tickets ordered online.
Conyers’ program includes several art songs and arias, Vaughn Williams’ Songs of Travel, and a selection of spirituals.
Exploring Opera & Beyond
Opera Wilmington’s annual symposium kicks off at noon on Friday, Feb. 22 with a special masterclass and competition.
The Caterina Jarboro Memorial Masterclass is open to undergraduate- and graduate-level singers of color either residing or studying in North Carolina. The masterclass provides opportunities for young singers of color to work with our distinguished guest artist, Joshua Conyers.
Opera Wilmington’s goals for the masterclass are to encourage, develop, and recognize operatic talent in historically underrepresented communities. The award for the Caterina Jarboro Memorial Masterclass Outstanding Performer ($500, and an opportunity to perform in a future OW production) will be presented at the beginning of Conyers’ concert Friday evening.
Subtitled Bohème, Broadway, and Ballet, the symposium offers talks by experts in the field, opportunities to chat over coffee, and a keynote by Dance Theatre of Harlem luminary Thera Ward as a prelude to her company’s performance at UNCW Saturday evening. Click here for a full schedule of Exploring Opera & Beyond sessions and activities, many of which are free of charge.
Bienvenue au Cabaret!
Two leads from Opera Wilmington’s 2018 production of Die Fledermaus are teaming up to bring you an intimate evening of song in the best French cabaret tradition. Shannon Kessler Dooley and John Dooley are featured in this house concert, which is sure to delight. Stay tuned for details, and plan to come to the cabaret, old chum!