Mezzo-soprano Laura Virella (BM ’03, Voice), a native of Puerto Rico, will make her company debut with Long Beach Opera in the title role of Frida, an opera based on the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Performances of the opera’s Southern California premiere will take place June 17-18 and June 23-25. Virella is featured in a video made during the rehearsal process.
Soprano Charity Tilleman-Dick (’06, Voice) has written a memoir entitled The Encore: A Memoir in Three Acts coming out this fall from Simon & Schuster. The memoir details her remarkable journey from receiving two double lung transplants, struggling to draw a single breath to singing at the most prestigious venues in the world. Ms. Tilleman-Dick will be making her debut at Boston Symphony Hall for the Terezín Music Foundation Gala shortly after the book is released.
Michael Maliakel (BM ’13 Voice) and Sorab Wadia, (BM ’93 Piano, MM ’95 Piano) are both in the world-premiere of Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding – a musical based on her 2001 hit film of the same name. Mr. Maliakel has a lead role as Hemant and Mr. Wadia has a supporting role as CL Chawla. The performances are held at Berkeley Repertory Theatre through July 16.
Outcalls – a band with Britt Olsen-Ecker (BM ’09, Voice), Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Music), and Nathan Royer (MM ’07, Euphonium) – will perform with special guests Beauty Slap – Gabriel Colby (BM ’10, GPD ’12, Trombone), Hakeem Bilal (BM ’10, Bass Trombone), Scott Nadelson (BM ’11, Trumpet), and Kyle Anderson (MM ’11, Trumpet) – tonight, Friday, June 2, at 8:30 pm, at Baltimore’s Metro Gallery.
Opus Concert Theatre will present Carmen- Vive la Liberté, a new realization of Bizet’s Carmen by Artistic Director Diana Cantrelle (MM ’12, Voice, Pedagogy), will be performed on Sunday, June 11 and 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia, Md. The new adaptation of Carmen, conducted and directed by Douglas Brandt Byerly (MM ’97, Music Education), restores the spoken dialogue between musical numbers as intended by the composer. Ms. Cantrelle returned to the original story to flesh out important elements that add authenticity to Opus Concert Theatre’s production. Additional featured performers include David Arz (MM ’13, Voice), Shanna Balman (MM ’10, Voice), Simone Brown (MM ’17, Voice), and Joseph Regan (BM ’03, MM ’06, Voice).