Our workshop addresses the holistic elements of training great opera singers beyond voice lessons, among which are guiding students in language, vocal style and stage deportment.”
Evanston, IL (PRWEB) June 19, 2013
Presbyterian Homes’ Westminster Place retirement community will host the Fourth Annual Young Artist Opera Workshop, a month-long opera training program for junior and senior college students, graduate students and young professionals. The workshop will take place June 17 through July 12, 2013, and is produced by the Opera Training Institute of Chicago (OpTIC) located in Evanston, IL.
Workshop classes will be held in the performance spaces at Westminster Place where residents are invited to attend. Classes include private voice and coaching lessons, master classes taught by guest artists, acting, aria presentation and audition technique. Additional courses will include yoga and the Alexander Technique of proper posture and stress elimination for optimal vocal delivery, and scenes performance in full costume with piano accompaniment. A special night of arias and songs in concert will take place in Elliott Chapel on the Westminster Place campus on Sunday, June 30, 2013. An opera scenes performance will be held in the same venue on Tuesday evening, July 9, 2013.
“While Chicago is home to world-class opera companies and university programs, our summer workshop is the only one of its kind in the area,” says Soprano Tracy Watson of Evanston-based Watson Studios and one of the founders of OpTIC. “Our workshop addresses the holistic elements of training great opera singers beyond voice lessons, among which are guiding students in language, vocal style and stage deportment.”
Master Class Guest Artists
Among the guest artists leading master classes is Soprano Nicole Cabell, winner of the BBC Singer of the World competition and Decca recording artist. Ms. Cabell has performed regularly with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, major U.S. symphonies to include the Chicago Symphony, Grant Park Symphony and at opera houses throughout Europe, Canada, Japan and Argentina.
Also leading master classes is Soprano Sunny Joy Langton, assistant professor of voice at Northwestern University. Ms. Langton has enjoyed an international opera career having performed with Chicago’s Lyric Opera and opera companies throughout the U.S. and Europe. She is a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has made more than 100 appearances on PBS television and National Public Radio. She can be heard on the Koch International Records label.
With major successes as a singer, conductor and voice teacher, baritone Bruce Hall will conduct master classes. His performances and students have been celebrated in North America including at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chicago Opera Theater, and in Europe and Asia. Mr. Hall’s students are regular winners in major singing competitions. They can be found singing with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Zurich, and Bonn Opera Companies, on Broadway, national music theater tours, as well as on university and conservatory faculties around the world.
Roger Pines, dramaturg at Lyric Opera of Chicago, will guide singers toward the proper repertoire for their individual voices. Mr. Pines has an extensive knowledge of opera and is a frequent judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and other competitions nationwide. Mr. Pines regularly undertakes repertoire research and counseling for internationally prominent artists. He has led master classes at Chicago's DePaul University and Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory in Ohio.
Ms Watson added “We deeply appreciate the ongoing support of Westminster Place in offering its performance spaces over these several weeks. We are grateful for the interest and support of its residents who are opera fans, and we hope to see more residents attend to listen to these talented young people as they develop their skills.”
A final performance of fully -costumed opera scenes, which is opened to the public, will take place in the Northeastern Illinois Auditorium on Friday, July 12, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at 5500 N. St. Louis, Chicago, IL, 60625. For more information call Watson Studios at 847-983-0184.
The Opera Training Institute of Chicago (OpTIC) focuses on the development of advanced opera students and young professionals. Annually in early summer, it offers its Young Performers Artist Workshop in Evanston, IL. OpTIC was created in 2010 by artistic and executive directors Tracy and William Watson, and Michael Ehrman. For more information visit the Opera Training Institute of Chicago.
ABOUT PRESBYTERIAN HOMES
Founded in 1904, Presbyterian Homes is a not-for-profit, faith based organization with a national reputation for creating extraordinary retirement communities. Presbyterian Homes serves older adults through its residential and health care programs on campuses in Evanston, Lake Forest, and Arlington Heights, Illinois. The organization is accredited by CARF-CCAC (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities - Continuing Care Accreditation Commission), the nation’s only accrediting body for retirement communities. To find out more about Presbyterian Homes, go to http://www.presbyterianhomes.org.