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.

Tyler Alessi in Great Scott

Alumnus Tyler Alessi sang with Opera Fusion: New Works in a performance of excerpts from the new American opera “Great Scott” at Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall. The performance was the culmination of a 10-day workshop with composer Jake Heggie, librettist Terrence McNally, director Jack O’Brien, and conductor Evan Rogister.

Maria Lazarova Cast in Serial TV Opera

Lecturer Maria Lazarova is featured in Lisa Bielawa’s new opera, designed to be shown in serial installments on TV. “Vireo” focuses on female hysteria and the ways it has been perceived and manipulated by witch-hunters, psychiatrists and artists over the centuries.

The first installment is a 25-minute pilot episode that will be taped in February at the Yost Theatre in Santa Ana, California and will premiere in Spring 2015.

The pilot will also feature the Kronos Quartet, mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Orange County School of the Arts Middle School choir, baritone Gregory Purnhagen, drummer Matthias Bossi, and in the title role of Vireo, 16-year-old soprano, Rowen Sabala.

Nathan Stark Nabs Another Rave Review

Alumnus Nathan Stark received a spectacular review of his role in “The Italian Girl in Algiers” with the Opera San Jose: “In particular, there is one blow-you-away performance, by bass Nathan Stark, singing the role of Mustafa, the Bey of Algiers. At Sunday’s performance — the second of six, through Nov. 30 — his stentorian voice was impressive, for sure. But more than that, Stark, also debuting with the company, is a natural comic actor with a memorably plastic face that puts his characterization of this wildly rich, lecherous, spoiled and foolhardy ruler over the top.”

Nathan Stark Garners Rave Review

Alumnus Nathan Stark continues to garner exceptional press from his role “The Italian Girl in Algiers” with the Opera San Jose: “Nathan Stark played Mustafa and he gave one of the best comic performances I have ever seen. His facial elasticity would give Jim Carrey a run for his money. He spent the majority of the performance with a perfect comedic leer on his face and I kept remembering the old saying of “don’t make that face, it just might freeze that way.” He went all out for his character and you could tell he was having a blast.”

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