Alicia Berneche (GPD ’95, Opera) was one of six chosen to be part of the 2017 Hall of Legends in Howard County, Indiana. The Howard County Historical Society chose Berneche for her accomplishments in the world of opera – she sang with celebrated conductors and ensembles at many of the world’s top houses. Berneche now teaches voice at Glenbrook North High School in Illinois and tutors local and international singers at a private studio in Chicago.
An updated version of Scalia/Ginsburg, an opera by Professional Studies faculty member and composer Derrick Wang, will be presented at the 2017 Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Friday, August 4, at 4:00 pm, and Sunday, August 13, at 5:30 pm. The opera will feature faculty artist William Burden, a Glimmerglass artist in residence, in the role of Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia/Ginsburg is about the relationship between Supreme Court Justices Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, played by Glimmerglass Young Artist Mary Beth Nelson. A special sold out Q&A session with Justice Ginsburg follows the August 13 performance.
Scalia/Ginsburg at Glimmerglass reviews
About William Burden: “[M]y, what singing! Mr. [William] Burden has one of the most engaging lyric tenors in the business and composer [Derrick] Wang has crafted some flights of fancy above the staff that found him in excellent form. Bill is also a master of comic delivery and his patter and one-liners (Pure applesauce among them) landed every time.” —Opera Today
Rhymes with Opera, a New York based opera company founded by Peabody alumni, will present a new fully staged improvisation opera by Bonnie Lander (MM ’07, GPD ’08, Voice; GPD ’08, Computer Music) titled Coping Mechanisms at New York Opera Fest on Friday and Saturday, May 19-20 at 8:00 pm at Bank Street Theatre in New York City. Featured performers include Ms. Lander, Elisabeth Halliday (KSAS BA ’07, German; ’07, Voice), and Robert Maril (MM ’04, Voice). Coping Mechanisms explores how individuals create personal spaces while simultaneously longing for community and connection, which can potentially threaten the sanctity of these very spaces.
Internationally renowned opera pedagogue Samuel Mungo has been appointed managing director of the Peabody Opera Theatre following an extensive search. Beginning in fall 2017, he will shape the Peabody Conservatory’s opera curriculum, lead student recruitment efforts, and oversee the program’s two mainstage productions and other performances each academic year. More…
Peabody Opera Outreach hosted several Baltimore area schools – some as far away as Annapolis and one from the Mount Vernon neighborhood – for its performance of Papageno at Peabody’s Miriam A. Friedberg Hall on Friday, April 7. Papageno is a shortened and English version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute from the point of view of Papageno. More…