Madame Butterfly, April/May 1999, Photo by David Bazemore
Archive for April 2011

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become an opera singer? Opera Santa Barbara’s popular Opera on the Go! series will present Sheri Greenawald, Director of the San Francisco Opera Center on Wednesday, April 6 at 5:30 pm, in the McCune Founder’s Room at the Granada Theatre.

Ms. Greenawald will discuss the rigorous preparation involved in “Training the Operatic Voice.” As director of one of the most prestigious young artist institutes in the world, this is a subject that Ms. Greenawald knows intimately: The San Francisco Opera Center has been cultivating and nurturing the finest in emerging operatic talent for the past 34 years through its Adler Fellowships program. The Adler Fellowships are performance-oriented residencies for the most advanced young singers and coach/accompanists, offering intensive individual training and roles of increasing importance in San Francisco Opera’s main-stage season. These young artists represent singers whom the classical music world can and should expect to see on celebrated opera house stages throughout the world in the very near future.

Six of this year’s Adler Fellows are appearing in featured roles in Opera Santa Barbara’s upcoming production of La serva padrona/Trouble in Tahiti, April 8 and 10 at The Lobero Theatre. Ms. Greenawald has had a distinguished international operatic singing career. A soprano, she has been noted in particular for her enormous range of roles, including the part of Dede in the premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s full-length opera A Quiet Place at Houston Opera in 1983. A Quiet Place incorporated his one-act opera, Trouble in Tahiti, revisiting the characters some twenty years later.

Tickets for “Training the Operatic Voice” are available at the door. Tickets are $15/ $12 for season subscribers/$5 students. For information call: 805-898-3890 or visit: OperaSB.com.