Thursday, August 19, 2010

Rock Around the Opera

Hello, dear readers. There’re some people I’d like you to meet. I think you’re really going to like them. They are…our Young Artists.

If you haven’t heard of our Young Artist program, it’s how a lot of opera singers start their career. (We can’t all be discovered on a reality TV show!) The Young Artists sing at schools and community venues throughout Colorado and sometimes even perform in the mainstage roles. For more details on that program, click here. For now…meet the Young Artists!

Christie Hageman, our resident soprano AND former Miss Montana. She recently won first place in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild competition and has sung all over the country and at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy.
Julia Tobiska, mezzo-soprano, who you might remember was one of our Young Artists from last year. She performed the Music Muse in The Tales of Hoffmann last season and just spent this past summer as an Apprentice Artists at Central City.
Adam Ulrich, our tenor, comes to us from New York and has visited 48 of the 50 states (he’s missing Alaska and Hawaii). He is a recent graduate of the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the UNC School of the Arts with a Masters of Music degree.
Benjamin Moore, our baritone, has a big voice and a big heart: he works with Winds of Hope, Winds of Healing – a national organization that uses music to raise awareness and funds for mental health services and spiritual care in underserved areas in the U.S..
Ryan Green, bass-baritone, hails from Florida and his middle name is Speedo. Why Speedo? His mom named him after his dad’s favorite bathing suit, he says. He was recently seen as Don Basilio in Rossini's The Barber of Seville with Florida State Opera.

They’ll be arriving soon and we’re very excited to have them here. We’ll definitely be keeping you updated with any free concerts they have (I know some will be coming up!)

Ciao for now!

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