Rachel Carter, Soprano
Hometown: Parkersburg, WV
Current City: Columbus, OH
Education: Master of Music in Voice, Ohio University; Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance, Marietta College; Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy, Marietta College
Roles: Francesca, Francesca da Rimini (Rachmaninoff); Juliet, Romeo and Juliet (Tchaikovsky); Contessa/Susanna, Marriage of Figaro; Masha and Prelipa, The Queen of Spades (ROW12), Street Singer, Threepenny Opera; First Lady, Magic Flute; Mimi, La Boheme; Agathe, Der Freischutz
Kimberly Merrill, Soprano
Hometown: Gowanda, NY
Current City: Rochester, NY
Education: Eastman School of Music, Voice Major
Roles & Related Experience: Juliet, Romeo and Juliet (Tchaikovsky); Francesca, Francesca da Rimini (Rachmaninoff); 2nd Nursemaid, Street Scene, Assistant Director/Assistant Stage Manager, Orlando; Alice Ford, Scenes from Falstaff, Assistant Stage Manager, The Bartered Bride
Pique Dame cast, Russian Opera Workshop 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Philadelphia Premiere of Rachmaninoff Francesca da Rimini and Rarely Performed Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet
Presented by Russian Opera Workshop in Free Concert Series
Academy of Vocal Arts, June 24-27, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, June 2013: Now in its third summer season, Russian Opera Workshop presents a Philadelphia premiere of Rachmaninoff Francesca da Rimini, opera-in-concert, and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, a rarely heard scene from sketched but never realized opera based on Shakespeare's drama. All performances are in Russian with English supertitles. Free public concerts will take place June 24-27, 2013 at 7:30 PM at the Helen Corning Warden Theater, the Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103.
The opera performances are preceded by a series of three vocal Master Classes led by premiere voice coaches and professors, June 7-21, 2013, which are also open to public at no charge.
The free public concerts feature Russian Opera Workshop’s participating opera artists from across the United States. In addition, the performance of Francesca da Rimini includes a chorus comprised of singers from such local choral groups as Philadelphia Singers, Choral Arts Philadelphia, and Mendelssohn Club.
2013 FREE EVENT SCHEDULE
All Performances and Master Classes:
TICKETS: Free Admission. No registration or tickets required, open seating.
VENUE: Helen Corning Warden Theater at the Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce Street, Philadelphia.
Program and schedule are subject to change.
Monday, June 24 at 7:30 PM
Russian Romances Concert
Talk on Sergey Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini by American composer Daron Hagen, followed by the concert of Russian Romances, introducing the 2013 Russian Opera Workshop artists. With pianist Laura Ward.
Tuesday-Thursday, June 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 PM
Rachmaninoff: Francesca da Rimini
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, scene from sketched but never realized opera.
With the 2013 Russian Opera Workshop artists and chorus comprised of singers from the Philadelphia area choral groups. Ghenady Meirson, Music Director and Pianist, Tim Ribchester, Chorus Master.
Friday, June 7, 12:00 NOON - 6 PM
Thor Eckert, AVA faculty, leads a master class on auditioning for competitions, agents and opera companies. A professional development class.
Don St. Pierre (Curtis faculty), accompanist
Thursday and Friday, June 13 and 14, 1:00 PM
Benita Valente, a distinguished American soprano.
Vocal master class on standard opera repertoire, any language. Two groups of singers on consecutive days. Don St Pierre (Curtis faculty), accompanist
Thursday-Friday, June 20 and 21 at 1:00 PM
William Stone, AVA faculty. Vocal master class on standard opera repertoire, any language. Two groups of singers on consecutive days. Don St Pierre (Curtis faculty), accompanist
Russian Opera Workshop Alumni Success:
As of April 2013, five opera companies nationwide hired Russian Opera Workshop artists in the roles they learned here. Further, bass Nicholas Masters (‘12) wins The Dallas Opera Guild's Vocal Competition. Baritone Efraín Solís (‘11) was a Grand Finalist of 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Mezzos Cynthia Cook (‘11) and Raehann Bryce-Davis (‘12) were accepted in Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Program. Pianist Geoffrey Loff (‘12) was accepted in Minnesota Opera Young Artists program. Baritone Jeff Williams (‘12) to sing the title role in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at the Seagle Music Colony Young Artists. Sopranos Shelley Jackson (‘11) and Youna Jang (‘11) were accepted to the Academy of Vocal Arts.
About Russian Opera Workshop:
Russian Opera Workshop is an independent summer training program for aspiring and professional opera singers. The program was founded in 2011 by Ghenady Meirson, faculty member at both the Academy of Vocal Arts and Curtis Institute of Music. The workshop offers an intensive one-month Russian language immersion and vocal training program followed by free public performances. For more information: Ghenady Meirson 267.475.6500 or RussianOperaWorkshop.com
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Nicholas Masters wins The Dallas Opera Guild's Vocal Competition (Read review)
Russian Opera Workshop Credits 2012
Old Gypsy, Aleko; Surin & Narumov, The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)
What a week of alumni mini reunions! Yesterday, at my AVA Eugene Onegin rehearsal the visitor from Miami was Jeff Williams (ROW 2012).
During Russian Opera Workshop 2012 summer program Jeff performed the title role in Rachmaninoff's "Aleko" and Prince Yeletsky in Tchaikovsky's "Pique Dame".
Thanks again to Shelley Jackson (ROW 2011 Iolanta; AVA Artist 2013 Tatyana) for taking the photo.
It's opera audition season and mini reunion surprises continue! Fleur Barron (ROW 2011), dropped by my AVA Eugene Onegin rehearsal
yesterday. Very nice!
During 2011 Russian Opera Workshop summer program Fleur performed the roles of Olga, Mother and Filipievna in Eugene Onegin.
Thanks to Shelley Jackson (ROW 2011 Iolanta) for taking the photo with my 'picture-taker', and as Fleur pointed out, a.k.a. 'camera'.
AVA Resident Artists
Ghenady Meirson, Music Director and Pianist
Dec 13, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec 15, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Alyabiev, Dargomyzhsky, Shostakovitch, Sviridov, Ryabov, Khrennikov
Other selections include Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet and Pique Dame.