Rising Stars in Concert closes 2012/13 season
For Immediate Release:
April 9, 2013
The Patrick G.
and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago
“Rising Stars in Concert”
the Lyric Opera Orchestra conducted by Ward Stare
to close spectacular 2012-13 season on Saturday,
April 13, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.
the Civic Opera House.
The performance will be broadcast the
following day –
Sunday, April 14, at 4 p.m. CDT
on 98.7WFMT and streamed on www.wfmt.com
Opera aficionados can hear
the season-closing concert by ensemble members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of
Chicago –anywhere in the world!
The outstanding singers of
the Ryan Opera Center will conclude an extraordinarily successful year of study
and performance with the end-of-season Rising
Stars in Concert for Lyric Opera donors. The program, which honors Gianna Rolandi and her tenure as Ryan
Opera Center director, takes place Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the
Ardis Krainik Theatre of the Civic Opera House. Tickets
for this concert are a benefit available only to Lyric Opera donors of $75 and
above. It is not open to the public.
Rising Stars in Concert
will bebroadcast locally on 98.7WFMT
and streamed on www.wfmt.com on Sunday, April 14, the day
after the performance, starting at 4 p.m. The broadcast is generously sponsored
by the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation,
which is also the concert’s lead sponsor.
classical station’s program host George
Preston and Lyric’s dramaturg Roger
Pines will serve as host and commentator respectively.
Birsan, Tracy Cantin, Kiri Deonarine
(sopranos), J’nai Bridges,
Cecelia Hall (mezzo-sopranos), Bernard
Holcomb, John Irvin (tenors), Joseph
Lim,Will Liverman (baritones),
and David Govertsen (bass-baritone) will
in works of Bizet, Donizetti, Gounod,
Handel, Mahler, Puccini, Rossini, Richard Strauss, Vaughan Williams, and Verdi,
with projected English translations for all
selections. The singers will be accompanied by members of the Lyric Opera
Orchestra, conducted by Ward Stare. (Ensemble
member Evan Boyer will not be
performing because of a Canadian Opera Company engagement.)
Rising Stars in Concert
is generously sponsored by Lead Sponsor the
Donna Van Eekeren Foundation, sponsors Accenture,
Accretive Health, The AMD Family Fund,Julie and Roger Baskes, Catamaran, Sue and
Melvin Gray, Howard Family
Foundation, Chauncey and Marion D.
McCormick Family Foundation,Nancy
Lauter McDougalandAlfred L. McDougal, and Frank B. Modruson and Lynne C. Shigley;
and cosponsor the Jeanne Randall Malkin
Family Foundation; with additional support from Heidi Heutel Bohn, Mr. and
Mrs. Allan Drebin, and Molex
Lyric audiences have seen the 2012-13 Ryan Opera Center members
perform critically acclaimed principal and supporting roles during Lyric Opera
of Chicago’s 58th season. They also served as understudies for major
and minor roles.
Of the 11 singers in the 2012-13 ensemble, five will return to the
program for 2013-14: sopranos Emily
Birsan and Tracy Cantin,
mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges, tenor John Irvin, and baritone Will Liverman. Five new ensemble
members will join them: soprano
mezzo-soprano Julie Anne Miller, tenor
Adam Bonanni, baritone Anthony Evans, and bass baritone Richard Ollarsaba.
The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at
Lyric Opera of Chicago
established in 1974 as the professional artist-development program for Lyric
Opera of Chicago. Since its inception, the Ryan Opera Center has been
recognized as one of the premier programs of its kind in the world. That
standing is maintained by providing the finest up-and-coming singers with
unparalleled training and experience. Gianna
Rolandi, director of the Ryan Opera Center since 2006, concludes her tenure
with this concert but continues her association with the program as vocal
consultant, a new position. Dan Novak,
Ryan Opera Center manager since 2000, is the new director with Craig Terry in
the newly created position of Ryan Opera Center music director.
Selected from some 400
singers who audition annually, the Ryan Opera Center ensemble members are in
residence for nearly 12 months. Over the course of the year they receive
advanced instruction in numerous aspects of operatic performance, including
voice lessons and coachings, language and acting training, and master classes
with some of opera’s most celebrated artists, including David Daniels, Sir Andrew
Davis (Lyric’s music director), Renée
Fleming (Lyric’s creative consultant),
Thomas Hampson, Matthew Polenzani (a
Ryan Opera Center alumnus), and Renata
During Lyric Opera’s
mainstage season, Ryan Opera Center members perform and understudy a significant
number of principal and supporting roles. This presents an extraordinary
opportunity to work with the world’s greatest opera singers, conductors,
directors, orchestra, and chorus. They also gain valuable performing experience
by participating in recitals and concerts at many Chicago-area venues.
ensemble is featured in monthly broadcasts of the Ryan Opera Center’s 98.7WFMT Recital Series, also streamed at www.wfmt.com.
Previously broadcast programs are online at www.LyricOpera.org/RyanCenter (under
A testament to the Ryan Opera
Center’s caliber and success is the roster of distinguished alumni who perform
regularly on the stages of leading international opera houses. It includes René Barbera,Harolyn Blackwell, Nicole
Cabell, Elizabeth DeShong, Mark S.
Doss, Christopher Feigum, Elizabeth Futral, Roger Honeywell, Joseph
Kaiser, Maria Kanyova, Quinn Kelsey, Dina Kuznetsova, Gary Lehman, Emily Magee, Amanda Majeski, Susanna Phillips, Matthew Polenzani, Erin
Wall,and Guang Yang.
Described as “a compelling
figure on the podium” and “one of the hottest young conductors in America” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), Ward Stare conductedLyric’s production of Hansel and Gretel this season and was on
the podium for last season’sRising Stars in Concert. Stare recently
completed his tenure as resident conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony
Orchestra in which he led the ensemble in more than 150 concerts. (He debuted
at Carnegie Hall with the SLO in 2009.) Stare has won acclaim with the major
orchestras of Cleveland, Detroit, and St. Paul, as well as the Moscow Chamber
Orchestra, Bangkok Symphony, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. The former
Juilliard student began his career at 18 as the Lyric Opera Orchestra’s
principal trombonist. He received the Aspen Festival’s 2006 Robert J. Harth
Conductor Prize and the 2007 Aspen Conducting Prize, and spent the 2007-08
season as a League of American Orchestras Fellow with the Los Angeles
Philharmonic. He returns to Lyric Opera next season to conduct Die Fledermaus.
For photos of the current
ensemble please contact Kate Suffern: 312-827-5934 or firstname.lastname@example.org