Marina Harris “Steals” the Show in Ariadne of Naxos

Alumna Marina Harris started as Ariadne in Pacific Opera Project’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Lauri D. Goldenhersh of Singerpreneur reviewed the production and wrote of Marina, “As good as the cast was overall, however, it was Marina Harris that stole the show, with a vocal and dramatic performance that was superb throughout. Ariadne is a difficult role, requiring stamina, depth and strong comic timing in addition to an exceptional, powerful voice, and Harris’ lyricism was as haunting as her deadpan humor was funny.  Her voice has grown even more sure and lovely than when we saw her in POP’s “Turn of the Screw” last year, with the same tragic urgency. She takes the stage as if she were born to it, and perhaps she was.”

Nathan Stark to sing with Forth Worth Opera

Alumnus Nathan Stark has been signed to sing Forth Worth Opera next season as Montresor in Embedded & The Gravedigger in Buried Alive (The Poe Project), roles he premiered last year at Fargo-Moorhead Opera. He’ll also be covering the role of LBJ in the premiere of David T. Little’s “JFK.”

Nate has also been invited to be on the faculty for the Metropolitan International Music Festival in Taiwan this summer.

Ryan Ross to Perform Fiddler with Bryn Terfel

Alumnus Ryan Ross will perform with Grange Park Opera in London in two roles this season. He will sing Captain Petrovich and cover Onegin in GPOs production of “Eugene Onegin” and also be playing the part of Avram and sing along side his operatic hero Bryn Terfel for GPOs production of Fiddler on the Roof. They will cap off the 10-show run of Fiddler with a performance at the BBC proms in Albert Hall in July.

Maayan Voss de Bettancourt Cast in Three Roles

Alumna Maayan Voss de Bettancourt has been case in three roles this summer: Nancy Lowe in Baby Shower (a new opera by Bruce Trinkley & Jason Charnesky) with The Fresh Squeezed Opera Company; The Child in The Bewitched Child (Ravel) with the Midwest Institute of Opera, and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) with OperaRox Presents.

Nicola Said Appointed Ambassador of the Malta Airport Foundation

Alumna Nicolo Said has been appointed ambassador of the Malta Airport Foundation. She “will be singing Malta’s praises and raising awareness about the island’s tourism,” according to an article in The Times of Malta. Nicola is currently studying at one of the world’s top conservatories, Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

“The Malta Airport Foundation is part of the company’s strategic decision to use its corporate responsibility funds to implement projects that contribute more directly to the tourism industry by investing in Malta’s heritage and environment.”

Mindi Ehrlich in Trekker’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Alumna Mindi Ehrlich will be performing in Pacific Opera Project’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” (Mozart), set it in space… the final frontier. Klingons, slave girls, and all your favorite characters from the original Star Trek series sing and dance their way through “Abduction” with a 27-piece orchestra and a new English libretto by artistic director Josh Shaw. Performances are March 6 – 8.

Mindi Ehrlich in Into the Woods

Alumnus Mindi Ehrlich has been cast as Rapunzel in Into the Woods with the Center Stage Opera (CA). The run is in February at the Madrid Theatre https://centerstageopera.org/

She will also appear in in Pacific Opera Project’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart), set it in space… the final frontier. Klingons, slave girls, and all your favorite characters from the original Star Trek series sing and dance their way through “Abduction” with a 27-piece orchestra and a new English libretto by artistic director Josh Shaw. Performances are March 6-8.