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Opera Theatre of the Rockies presents 2019 Summer Vocal Arts Festival
Who: In collaboration with Colorado College, Opera Theatre of the Rockies is proud to present the 2019 Vocal Arts Festival (VAF) and the Young Artists Intensive Training Program featuring the popular “WOW Project” generously underwritten by the Adventure Culture Fund, to be held on the Colorado College Campus from June 30 to July 21.
What: Thanks to the Adventure Culture Fund, the summer season of “WOW” has been established both to underwrite the newly-developed Mentorship Initiative and the WOW Career Development Cash Awards given to outstanding VAF participants in both Opera and Musical Theater. Joined by nationally-recognized artists who serve as teaching faculty, this three-week intensive is directed by widely-acclaimed soprano and Founder/Artistic Director of Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Martile Rowland. This year’s internationally known Vocal Arts Festival (VAF), Young Artists Intensive Training Program and “WOW Project” will draw 41 young singers from 13 states and three countries. Expert Voice Teachers, Coaches, a Choreographer/Dance Instructor and Stage Directors will guide participants in the Vocal and Dramatic Arts including private lessons, coaching sessions and classes in theatre arts and dance/movement. Back by popular demand, VAF Mentors Craig Terry, Director of Chicago Lyric Opera’s Ryan Artists Center and Peter Randsman, New York Artist Manager return to conduct a Participant Masterclass/Concert and a Career Advancement Masterclass respectively. In addition, participants will present Hearings to open the Festival, two Scenes Concerts as well as two beloved Puccini operas, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. The goal of the Vocal Arts Festival is to provide the highest level of professional training in order to propel young artists into fulfilling their dreams of becoming professional performers. Many VAF graduates are now singing professionally worldwide.
When & Where: VAF Schedule (June 30 – July 21, 2019):
Sunday, June 30 at 1:30 pm, Packard Hall (Each singer presents one song/aria)
• Friday, July 5 at 7 pm Craig Terry & Participants Concert, Packard Hall
• Friday, July 12 at 7 pm Peter Randsman, Career Advancement Masterclass, Packard Hall
With fully-staged, costumed and choreographed scenes from opera, Broadway
• Sunday, July 7 at 3 pm “Let’s Make a Scene”, Packard Hall
• Sunday, July 14 at 3 pm “Scene Stealers”, Packard Hall
“Puccini Double Bill” Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi
• Saturday, July 20 at 7 pm Cornerstone Arts Complex, Celeste Theatre
• Sunday, July 21 at 3 pm Cornerstone Arts Complex, Celeste Theatre
Festival Details: Presented as Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ 21st season, the renowned Vocal Arts Festival has served 800 young singers in its 18-year history. Forty-one voice students and young performers ranging in age from college to post-college, young professionals will participate in this summer’s three-week Intensive Program of individualized voice coaching and singing, acting and dance classes. Part of VAF’s mission is to help singers broaden their performance skills. And so, they will participate in five public performances and two operas, along with Guest Artists at Colorado College, June 30-July 21. With this year’s Mentorship Initiative, there will be time for singers to network individually with Craig Terry, Music Director of Chicago Lyric Opera’s Ryan Artists Training Center and Peter Randsman, Founder and Artist Agent of the Randsman Artist Management of New York City. The Grand Finale of this year’s Festival is the presentation of two opera performances of the “Puccini Double Bill” featuring VAF participants and Guest Artists in Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi at the Cornerstone Arts Complex, Celeste Theatre on July 20 and 21.
Where: All events are open to the public and will be held at Packard Hall, Colorado College, on the SW corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache la Poudre Street, Colorado Springs except for the “Puccini Double Bill” presenting Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi at the Celeste Theatre, Cornerstone Arts Complex, SE corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street, Colorado College, Colorado Springs.
Cost: Packard Hall Events: Participant Hearings on June 30 are $10 per person; Two Scenes Concerts on July 7 and July 14 are $15 for Adults; $10 for Students. Two Masterclasses/Concerts on July 5 and July 12 are also $15 for adults and $10 for students. All five Concerts/Masterclass events are Free to CC Students with a student ID. Cornerstone: Opera tickets for July 20-21 performances of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi are $20, general seating. A season PASS for adults is available for $80, for a savings of $10.
Tickets: To buy tickets, visit www.operatheatreoftherockies.org online or you may buy tickets at the Door. For Questions? Call 719-570-1950.
Web Site: For more detailed information, visit www.operatheatreoftherockies.org.
Background: Established by Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ Founder and Artistic Director, Martile Rowland, this distinctive professional Program is internationally-known. Now in its 18th year, the summer Vocal Arts Festival and Young Artists Intensive Training Program is a three-week intensive in voice, dance and acting held annually at Colorado College. The singers range in age from college to post-college/young professionals who come from all over the U.S. and other countries to participate in professional training sessions with distinguished coaches. Expert faculty and two visiting Mentors will present individualized coaching sessions and classes all day every day from Sunday, June 30 to Sunday, July 21, 2019. Nationally-recognized artists participate as teaching staff. Five concert performances including the opening Participant Hearings, two Scenes Concerts, two Masterclasses/Concerts and two Puccini Operas richly enhance the Pikes Peak Region’s summer music offerings. All events are open to the public and are held at Packard Hall, Colorado College except for the last two opera performances, presented at Cornerstone Arts Complex, Celeste Theatre. Audiences enjoy coming to each Event to see the young artists’ progress as they work hard to improve their singing and performing skills. Singers perform both opera and musical theater based on their interests, engaging in cross-over throughout the Program.
This year’s Festival events at Packard Hall feature the opening Participant Hearings, Sunday, June 30, two Scenes Concerts, Sundays, July 7 and July 14, Masterclass/Concerts on Friday, July 5 and July 12. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students except for the Hearings which is $10. Colorado College student tickets are Free with a valid ID. Tickets for Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi presented at Cornerstone Arts Complex, are $20, general seating. A season adult pass is available for $80, for a savings of $10. To purchase tickets, visit www.operatheatreoftherockies.org or buy them at the Door. For Questions, call 719-570-1950.
Opera Theatre of the Rockies is proud to collaborate with Colorado College to present the 2019 Vocal Arts Festival and wishes to thank the CC Music Department for its sponsorship of this fine Program. Opera Theatre also expresses its deepest gratitude to the Adventure Culture Fund for its underwriting of the popular WOW Project which has established the VAF Mentorship Initiative and Career Advancement Cash Awards given to outstanding VAF Participants. Many emerging artists who received professional training and stage experience via the Festival have gone on to successful worldwide opera careers attributed in part to their Vocal Arts Festival experience. One nationally-recognized singer wrote, “I spent four summers working with Martile Rowland at the VAF at Colorado College. It was where I first learned stagecraft, movement and preparation of a role…which later became very important in my singing career. I learned who I was as a performer, and cannot say enough about what a gift that has been to me in my career!” Annamarie Zmolek, soprano
Now celebrating its 21th Season, Opera Theatre of the Rockies is dedicated to advancing opera throughout southern Colorado through education, training and performance. The organization supports aspiring Colorado singers by offering professional training and performance opportunities in main stage opera productions, smaller operas and opera concerts. Also, regional audiences enjoy hearing singers of Opera Theatre’s Outreach Ensemble year-round.
Thank you to the 2019 Vocal Arts Festival Sponsors:
Adventure Culture Fund, Bee Vradenburg Foundation, Colorado College’s Cultural Attractions Fund, Colorado Creative Industries, Denver Lyric Opera Guild, Giddings Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, Inasmuch Foundation, Pikes Peak Opera League, Dr. Susan Rae Jensen, Tiemens Foundation, Virginia Snow, Webb Family Fund, and KCME 88.7 FM and Jazz 93.5 FM.
For more information or tickets, visit www.operatheatreoftherockies.org. Come and experience the magic of this summer’s Vocal Arts Festival!