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March 3, 2020
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Huntingdon Stage Alive with Opera for Vann Vocal Events
Montgomery, Ala.—Stars representing every corner of the operatic universe will converge on stage at Huntingdon College for the thirteenth annual Vann Vocal Institute Celebrity Recital and Vann Vocal Institute, offered in partnership with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, March 12–14. Kicking off the weekend of events, the Celebrity Recital, presenting world-renowned opera singers in concert, will be held Thursday, March 12, at 7:00 p.m. in Huntingdon College’s Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free and tickets are not required.
Performing in the Celebrity Recital, operatic tenor David Cangelosi takes the stage for his thirteenth year as lead faculty and artistic director for the Institute. Cangelosi performs with New York’s Metropolitan Opera and with renowned opera companies and symphonies in the United States and around the world. He also serves as the Glenn and Betty Seymour Perdue Distinguished Artist in Residence at Huntingdon College. Cangelosi will be joined onstage by internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Mary Phillips, who has performed with the Metropolitan Opera for 15 seasons; Rena Harms, soprano, who has performed with opera companies in England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico, and Germany, as well as in St. Louis, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles; Sam Handley, bass-baritone, who joined the Metropolitan Opera in 2017 and has performed in more than a dozen roles with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Richard Troxell, a lyric tenor who appeared as Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton in Sony Pictures’ Madame Butterfly, directed by Martin Scorcese, receiving high praise for his role as well as for his performances with opera companies internationally. Acclaimed collaborative pianists and vocal coaches Yasuko Oura and Jeffery Brody and maestro Steven Crawford, who runs one of the most successful vocal studios in New York, will lend their talents to the Celebrity Recital, as well.
Each of the celebrity performers serves as a member of the faculty for the Vann Vocal Institute, offering master classes and private vocal coaching for selected student opera and classical singers from colleges and universities in the region, Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.The master classes are open to the public and are held in Huntingdon’s Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. At the conclusion of the Institute, the most accomplished participating young singers will be invited to perform in an Emerging Artists Recital, Saturday, March 14, at 5:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. Cash prizes will be awarded. The Vann Vocal Institute is made possible by a bequest to the Montgomery Symphony from Roy D. Vann and is supported by the NIB Foundation, the Pauls Foundation, and the Wilson family, in addition to Huntingdon College.
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