Category Archives: Opera

Opera auditions: Florida Opera Theatre’s ‘Il Barbiere di Seviglia’

Here’s an audition notice from Florida Opera Theatre:

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Opera auditions: Florida Opera Theatre youth programs

An audition notice from Florida Opera Theatre:

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Robin Jensen joins Florida Opera Theatre

Robin Jensen

Robin Jensen, an Orlando Opera alum and a frequent collaborator at Mad Cow Theatre, is joining Florida Opera Theatre as its director of youth programs. Robin is also artistic director for UCF’s opera program and head of the music program at New School Preparatory Orlando.

Auditions for Florida Opera Theatre’s will be in late August. Watch here for more info on that as the time gets closer.

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Enzian to show opera and ballet on screen this summer

Enzian has lots in store this summer for fans of opera and ballet, with six filmed operas and ballets beginning this weekend. Here’s the rundown:

Orlando invites public to ground-breaking festivities for arts center

Well, we never thought we’d see it, but next week the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is finally breaking ground.

And you’re invited. Here’s info from the Dr. Phillips Center office about what’s going on. My buddy Davis Gaines will be there — will you?

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Starving Artist Studios announces line-up of concerts and master classes

Barbara Walsh

Tony nominee Barbara Walsh (Broadway’s Falsettos, Company, Big) and renowned mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard will be among those giving concerts and master classes for the new Starving Artist Studios in Orlando later this year.

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Robin Stamper joins Florida Opera Theatre

Florida Opera Theatre, the organization formed to try to revive and promote opera in Central Florida, has named Robin Stamper as its music director. The group previously named Frank McClain as artistic director. Here’s more:

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Florida Opera Theatre awards scholarship

Thorsteinn Árbjörnsson, an Icelandic tenor who graduated from the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music, is this year’s winner of Florida Opera Theatre’s V.O.I.C.Experience Scholarship, which will enable him to continue his vocal studies. Here’s more from Florida Opera Theatre:

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Florida Opera Theatre offers scholarship

Florida Opera Theatre, an organization dedicated to furthering opera in Central Florida, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student to attend one of three programs: the Sherrill Milnes and Friends Summer Program in Tampa, a vocal training program for career-seeking artists or the Generation X Summer Youth Intensive.

Here’s more inf0, followed by ways to get in touch with Florida Opera Theatre:

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Sarah Purser chosen Orlando Idol


Sarah Purser

Sarah Purser, a graduate student in music at UCF, won Florida Opera Theatre’s Orlando Idol competition Sunday night at Trinity Prep.

Purser, 28, was selected by a panel of judges made up of soprano Susan Neves, jazz singer and bandleader Michael Andrew and Rudi Cleare, managing director of the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation.

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Critic/author Terry Teachout back at Rollins

Writer Terry Teachout, theater critic for the Wall Street Journal and author of the best-selling biography Pops, about Louis Armstrong, is back at Rollins College this month as part of the Winter Park Institute.

He’s already presented one program (the e-mail notice went out late) but has two more in store. Here they are (and theater fans may want to note that local actor Dennis Neal appears in the second of these programs):

Metropolitan Opera to hold competition in Winter Park

Opera fans may want to get themselves out to Trinity Prep in Winter Park this weekend for the annual Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Trinity Preparatory School is off Aloma Avenue just east of Howell Branch Road in east Winter Park.

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Vocal auditions: Orlando Idol competition

Here’s an audition notice from Florida Opera Theatre for its Orlando Idol contest:

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Ooera auditions: ‘La Boheme’ for Mad Cow and the Orlando Philharmonic

An audition notice for the next collaboration between the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Mad Cow Theatre:

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