The Crested Butte Opera Studio kicked off its 2017 season on June 12, when nine singers, one pianist and two master vocal teachers came together at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. More than 500 singers auditions for the twelve slots in the program this year, a new record!
Under the direction of Artistic Director Lynn Baker, studio artists spent their first week in intensive musical and diction coachings with Lynn and our new visiting master vocal teacher, Reed Woodhouse from The Juilliard School. Over the course of their five-week residency with the Crested Butte Music Festival, the Studio Artists will appear in nearly ten concerts, beginning with an art song recital this coming Friday, June 23 at 7pm, in the spectacularly renovated John and Georgie Kincaid Concert Hall on the campus of Western State Colorado University. The art song program, entitled “The Beauty of Song: Words and Music,” showcases the Studio Artists in unforgettable music by Brahms, Schubert, Debussy, Berlioz, and more, performed in pairs of songs, making links between composers, poets and such themes as love, loss and the redemptive qualities of nature.
In addition to their musical coaching for the recital, Studio Artists also filled their week with rehearsals for this year’s mainstage opera, a comedic double bill of Offenbach’s The Island of Tulipatan and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. As part of the Studio’s unique fitness component, Studio Artists also took their first yoga class with Sherrill Stenson and their first fitness session with Jennifer Hopkinson Smith. These sessions help the Studio Artists continue to perfect their use of their instrument, which is their bodies, as well as acclimate to the altitude. Most singers leave the program with newfound fitness and technical skill in as a result of these sessions. Thanks to Western State Colorado University for their generous use of their newly renovated music building, the Field House, and the beautiful campus in the heart of Gunnison.
Stay tuned for more updates and please join us for our concert on Friday night at 7pm.
The Beauty of Song: Words and Music
Featuring the Crested Butte Opera Studio
June 23, 2017 at 7:00pm
John and Georgie Kincaid Concert Hall, Western State Colorado University
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