Alumni in Opera in the Height’s Rigoletto

Alumni Nathan Stark and Megan Berti appeared in Opera in the Height’s production of Rigoletto which closed last week after a successful run of six performances. Nathan sang the role of Sparafucile while Megan sang Contessa Ceprano. The Houston Chronicle characterized Nate’s performance as “a chilling figure as the assassin Sparafucile, not only because of his voice’s ominous black sound, but also because of the cold-bloodedness conveyed in his face: the pride as he discussed his skill with a knife, the fake courtliness as he greeted a victim, and the stoniness as he demanded payment.”

 

Edward Nelson, Adler Fellow

Edward Nelson has been announced as an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera (following in the footsteps of alumna Marina Harris).

The Adler Fellowship a multi-year performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching, and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Adler Fellows gain valuable professional experience by participating in roles of increasing importance in San Francisco Opera’s repertory season.

Nicola Said sings for Ambassadors in Vienna

Alumna Nicola Said sang at the Malta Embassy in Vienna. The acting President of Malta and several ambassadors were in the audience. Nicola was invited to sing as one of four vocalists from Malta on scholarship to the Mozarteum Music School of in Salzburg, Austria.

The ambassador to Austria, H.E. Petra Maria Schneebauer (pictured to the far left), emceed the concert.

Nathan Stark in Summer Festivals

Alumnus Nathan Stark performed as soloist with Opera in the Park2014 Summer Festival and on Songs of Love & War, and performed Zuniga – in Carmen, Silvano – in La Calisto, with the Cincinnati Opera this summer. Following his time in Cincinnati, he performed with the Bard Summerscape Festival. In April, Nate will work with the music department at the University of North Dakota. He’ll sing the title role in Ellijah by Felix Mendelssohn and coach young singers.

Tyler Alessi with Cincinnati Opera

Tyler AlessiAlumnus Tyler Alessi sang with the Cincinnati Opera in their production of Kevin Puts’ opera, Silent Night. This Pultizer-Prize winning opera retells the story of Christmas Eve, 1914, when both sides laid down their arms and celebrated together. The story was told in the 2005 French film, Joyeux Noël.

 

Photo credit: Dallas Padoven