IT and US: Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan
- WTI Magazine #18 Feb 21, 2014
WTI Magazine #18 2014 Feb, 21
Author : Sandra Tornberg Translation by:
In 2013, the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan celebrated their 25th anniversary plus the bicentenary of Verdi's birth, in addition to their annual Italian Songs and Arias Vocal Competition for Michigan High School Students. There were various presentations and concerts in our area as well as in Cleveland and at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada.
In addition, Verdi Opera Theatre singers were winners at the Michigan District/Great Lakes Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (MONCA) on November 16, 2013 at the Detroit School of Arts. Jesse Donner (the tenor who sang the aria "Celeste Aida" to roaring applause at the "Verdi at 200" presentation-concert at the IACC on November 6, 2013) was selected as one of the four top-prize ($1000) winners.
Altogether three of the top four MONCA winners were singers who have performed in concerts with the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan, including Soprano Antonina Chekhovskaya, and tenor Johnathan Riesen, both of whom performed for the St. Louis Care Center benefit concert held at the Italian American Banquet Center of Livonia, on January 27, 2013.
Twenty- eight singers participated in the MONCA competition and the four top winners will proceed to the Regional Audition, to be held at the Detroit Opera House on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. This very exciting event will include finalists from surrounding regions, with the winners proceeding to the National Finals Audition at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
The Verdi Opera Theatre is also is also pleased to report that outstanding baritone Jonathan Lasch, who performed an impressive "Di Provenza il mar" from Verdi's La Traviata at the November 6th event at the IACC, has been engaged to sing the role of Marco in the upcoming Michigan Opera Theatre production of William Bolcom's opera A View from the Bridge this April. Jonathan has also been engaged to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House.
John Zaretti, President of the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan, said that each of these gifted Verdi Opera singers have expressed to him how much they valued and enjoyed the experience of performing at the IACC and the IABCL. They have asked him to convey their appreciation for the support they received and their hope that many of the people in attendance at the above concerts will come to hear them at the Regional Audition on February 23. Admission for the event is free.