UTC’s Department of Music and Opera Theater will present An Evening of Opera Scenes on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall at the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. Tickets for this event will be $10 general admission and $7 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be on sale from the UTC Fine Arts Center Box Office.
This year is a celebration of two important anniversaries; the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901), as well as the 100th anniversary of British composer Benjamin Britten (1913–1976). The scenes by Verdi will be the duet “What’s the Meaning of this Masquerade?” from an earlier work, Un Giorno di Regno (King for a Day), sung by Connor Berhmann and Brittany Fong, and the duet “Dinne Alcun Quest’eremo” from the later masterpiece Simon Boccanegra sung by Kala Cisson and Perry Ward. From the works of Britten, Connor Berhman, Adrian Romero, Kala Cisson, and Brittany Fong will be performing “Awakening Quartet” from A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Act 2, Scene 2 from Albert Herring. Also, the full company along with several singers from UTC’s Chamber Singers will be presenting “A Weekend in the Country” from A Little Night Music by Sondheim. Last but not least, CJ Coffey, Taylor Goode, and Connor Behrmann will be performing Gilbert and Sullivan’s “My Eyes are Fully Open” from Ruddigore.
Mr. Ward has enjoyed a diverse musical career as a singer, teacher, director and conductor. During a career that has spanned more than 30 years; he has performed with many major regional opera companies in the United States. For the past 10 years, Mr. Ward has devoted his time to teaching voice and stagecraft for singers. He is a native of East Tennessee and holds degrees in voice and opera and, is a summa cum laude graduate of the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria. His has several awards and achievements including a Puccini Foundation Grant, a William Matheus Sullivan Role Preparation Grant, and a Shoshana Foundation Award.
For Mr. Ward, being able to perform scenes from Verdi and Britten is especially meaningful to him this year because of the close relationship he has had to both composers’ works. Verdi operas made up the bulk of Ward’s graduate studies in voice and opera, as well as in his performing career. Mr. Ward’s work with Britten’s colleague the late Colin Graham who directed all but one of Britten’s stage works including all of the world premieres after 1954, gave him significant insight into the works of Britten. Being able to direct this program and thus bring these experiences to his students has brought him considerable joy during this notable celebration.
For more informaiton contact the Music office at 425-4601 or http://www.utc.edu/music/projects/performances.php