Page 27 - Classical Singer magazine 2019 Fall University Issue
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Virginia Commonwealth University has 67 years of excellence in
opera training. Pictured is the award-winning VCU Opera’s April 2019 production of The Pirates of Penzance. Back row (L to R): Janey Silas, Emily Nesbitt, Savannah Whittenburg, Kate Juliana, Samantha Garcia, Christianna Casey, and Victoria Cottrell. Front row (L to R): Nya Powell, Kimberly Kenny, Carina Hines, Frances Frederick, and Emma Jane Tracy.
Singers Dylan Goike and Jace McCloy in Central Michigan University’s 2019 production of Sweeney Todd. CMU offers a strong undergraduate program with BM, BFA, BME, BA, and BS degrees. Each student receives
a great deal of personal attention in addition to many performing opportunities in musical theatre and opera.
In October 2018, UNLV Opera Theater premiered Linda Lister’s State of Grace, a one-act opera about a yoga teacher who faces a cancer diagnosis. Pictured: the quintet in which the yogis (Tamara Richards, Matthew Sink, Casey Dakus, Lisa Elliott, and Aaron Pendleton) share their favorite yoga poses.
In the 2018-19 school year, Missouri State University won three national awards at the NOA scenes competition and performed four operas including Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Gift of the Magi, Imeneo, and Il Signor Bruschino shown here with Noah Thompson as Bruschino Sr. and Kayli Owen as Sofia in April 2019.
Eastman Opera Theatre’s Don Giovanni faces the #MeToo movement as Donna Anna, Zerlina, Donna Elvira, and the entire female ensemble return in the final scene for retribution. Stephen Carr, director; Timothy Long, conductor; Charles Murdock Lucas, scenic design; Carly Reeder, costumes; and Nic Minetor, photo and lighting. 27
photo by Ashley Stone

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