Tyler Alessi in Great Scott

Alumnus Tyler Alessi sang with Opera Fusion: New Works in a performance of excerpts from the new American opera “Great Scott” at Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall. The performance was the culmination of a 10-day workshop with composer Jake Heggie, librettist Terrence McNally, director Jack O’Brien, and conductor Evan Rogister.

Maria Lazarova Cast in Serial TV Opera

Lecturer Maria Lazarova is featured in Lisa Bielawa’s new opera, designed to be shown in serial installments on TV. “Vireo” focuses on female hysteria and the ways it has been perceived and manipulated by witch-hunters, psychiatrists and artists over the centuries.

The first installment is a 25-minute pilot episode that will be taped in February at the Yost Theatre in Santa Ana, California and will premiere in Spring 2015.

The pilot will also feature the Kronos Quartet, mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Orange County School of the Arts Middle School choir, baritone Gregory Purnhagen, drummer Matthias Bossi, and in the title role of Vireo, 16-year-old soprano, Rowen Sabala.

Nathan Stark Nabs Another Rave Review

Alumnus Nathan Stark received a spectacular review of his role in “The Italian Girl in Algiers” with the Opera San Jose: “In particular, there is one blow-you-away performance, by bass Nathan Stark, singing the role of Mustafa, the Bey of Algiers. At Sunday’s performance — the second of six, through Nov. 30 — his stentorian voice was impressive, for sure. But more than that, Stark, also debuting with the company, is a natural comic actor with a memorably plastic face that puts his characterization of this wildly rich, lecherous, spoiled and foolhardy ruler over the top.”

Nathan Stark Garners Rave Review

Alumnus Nathan Stark continues to garner exceptional press from his role “The Italian Girl in Algiers” with the Opera San Jose: “Nathan Stark played Mustafa and he gave one of the best comic performances I have ever seen. His facial elasticity would give Jim Carrey a run for his money. He spent the majority of the performance with a perfect comedic leer on his face and I kept remembering the old saying of “don’t make that face, it just might freeze that way.” He went all out for his character and you could tell he was having a blast.”

Photo Credit: Bob Shomler

 

Nathan Stark Nabs Rave Review

Alumnus Nathan Stark continues to garner exceptional press from his role “The Italian Girl in Algiers” with the Opera San Jose: “Nathan Stark played Mustafa and he gave one of the best comic performances I have ever seen. His facial elasticity would give Jim Carrey a run for his money. He spent the majority of the performance with a perfect comedic leer on his face and I kept remembering the old saying of ‘don’t make that face, it just might freeze that way.’ He went all out for his character and you could tell he was having a blast.”

Edward Nelson Wins 2nd in International Voice Competition

Edward Nelson took the Drs. Michelina Fato and Carl Snyderman Second Prize in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. The competition took place in Pittsburgh. In addition to a monetary award, Eddie won the opportunity to sing a leading operatic role in Opera Theater of Pittsbugrh’s Summerfest 2105, which will take place at the 20th Century Club through the month of July.

Nathan Stark at Tanglewood

Alumnus Nathan Stark will be performing the bass solos in the bass solos Verdi Requiem with Murry Sidlin and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in the historic Boston Symphony Hall in January. The performance is part of the Defiant Requiem Foundation’s series of performances in remembrance of 150 inmates performing the Requiem at the Terezin concentration camp.

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.