Long Leaf Opera: Vocal Festival

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( Sat., Mar. 16, 2013 - Sun., Mar. 17, 2013 )

Kenan Auditorium - Durham Academy, 3601 Ridge Rd., Durham, NC 27705



Saturday, March 16: Master Class

At 10:00am, a Master Class for Singers features Masters Mary Gayle Greene of Appalachian State, Timothy Sparks, UNC Chapel Hill, Broadway Music Directors Mark Hartman (Avenue Q and Sondheim on Sondheim and current Musical Director of Carolina Playmakers' Cabaret) and Steven Tyler (Jane Eyre, Guys and Dolls and The Producers).  Singers will participate in a roundtable discussion with the masters on their presentation, vocal abilities and will receive encouragement to continue careers in singing.

Sunday, March 17: Recital and World Premiere Opera

At 3:00pm, a recital by JoAna Rusche, mezzo soprano, and winner of the 2012 Long Leaf Vocal Competition for young singers performs operatic songs and also songs composed by Long Leaf Co-Founder Randolph Umberger.

At 7:30pm, a world premiere staging of A Shipwreck Opera by New York composer John B. Hedges, with libretto by national bestseller Aimee Bender, John B. Hedges and Aimee Bender, winners of the Long Leaf New Works Competition, features Mr. Hedges as conductor who will also participate in the invitation-only Seminar for Young Composers.



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  • Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM
  • Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM