Joshua Conyers in Concert
You loved him as Rigoletto in Opera Wilmington’s production of Verdi’s masterpiece in 2015! Now see baritone Joshua Conyers on the stage of Beckwith Recital Hall at UNCW as part of Opera Wilmington’s Exploring Opera Symposium Feb. 22, 2019. Conyers is currently a member of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center. The concert, preceded by a special appearance from the Snipes Academy Chorus, takes place at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call UNCW’s Kenan Box Office at 910 962-3500 or order online (an additional fee accompanies online orders).
Exploring Opera and Beyond: Bohème, Broadway, and Ballet
Opera Wilmington’s annual symposium Feb. 22-23 has an exciting new feature this year: a vocal competition as part of Friday’s masterclass!
The Caterina Jarboro Memorial Masterclass, held on Friday, Feb. 22, 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 Joshua Conyers, our distinguished guest artist. Masterclass goals 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.
The two-day symposium, thematically linked to OW’s production of La Bohème as well as Saturday evening’s performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem, includes presentations, chat sessions and lunch on Saturday. Click here for the complete schedule and other information.
Bienvenue au Cabaret!
Come to the cabaret, old chum (or perhaps, “vieux copain”). Two of your favorites from our July 2018 production of Die Fledermaus, Shannon Kessler Dooley and John Dooley, will present a program of French cabaret music at a house concert May 5, 2019.
Due to popular demand, Opera Camp 2019 will offer two one-week sessions this summer, providing more capacity and increased age-appropriate activity. The session from June 24-28 is for rising 4th-7th graders; the session July 1-5 is for rising 8th-12th graders.
Under the direction of Opera Wilmington artistic director (and UNCW music faculty member) Nancy King, campers will learn the art of opera props, make-up, costumes, scenery and musical preparation; perform operatic scenes; and join Opera Wilmington’s production of La Bohème in July. Activities include private voice lessons, theatre games, language coaching, rehearsals, costume fittings and more!
Opera Camp takes place at UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building. Each session costs $175 per camper. Campers are asked to bring their own lunch. To enroll, click here.
Our season culminates with what we know will be a fabulous production of Puccini’s masterpiece of love and loss. At our fundraiser kickoff event Oct. 28, we introduced (to great applause!!) three of our leads: tenor Jonathan Kaufman as Rodolfo, soprano Jemeesa Yarborough as Mimi, and soprano Mary Claire Curran as Musetta. We are proud to announce other cast members William Lee Bryan (baritone) who will sing the role of Marcello. You enjoyed Bryan as Guglielmo in Opera Wilmington’s 2016 production of Così fan tutte, so make a date to see him again! Rounding out the main cast are baritone Scott Ballantine as Schaunard and perennial favorite Carl Samet as Colline.
The production takes place July 19, 21, 26 and 28, 2019 in UNCW’s Mainstage Theatre.
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