with Matthew Anchel, Felicia Moore, Brian Michael Moore & Virginie Verrez
Sun December 6th, 2015
Minimum Age: All Ages
Doors Open: 5:00PM
Show Time: 6:00PM
Event Ticket: $30/$40
free for members
A holiday event like no other! The Eastern Region committee of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions hosts a holiday event featuring finalists along with veteran soprano Erin Morley. Enjoy operatic songs, traditional carols and modern classics in a relaxed atmosphere ideal for opera veterans and beginners alike. Young children are welcome particularly at the 6pm performance.
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$30 standing room
TABLE SEATING POLICY
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
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Erin Morley is one of today’s most in demand coloratura sopranos. Her breakthrough performance as Marguerite de Valois in Les Huguenots at Bard SummerScape was praised by the New York Times as “formidable.” Ms. Morley has brought what the New York Times has called the “silken clarity of her voice and the needlepoint precision” of her coloratura to the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna Staatsoper, Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, and the Opéra National de Paris, the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain, and the Santa Fe Opera. Renowned for her musicality and deft phrasing, she has appeared as a soloist with America’s premiere symphony orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.
Bass Matthew Anchel, called “a voice to watch” by the Wall Street Journal, was a Grand Finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Engagements during the 2015-2016 season include Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte with Winter Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Handel’s Messiah with the Annapolis Chorale, and a debut as Zuniga in Carmen with the Savannah Voice Festival. Engagements during the 2014-15 season included joining the Metropolitan Opera for a second season for their productions of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Die Zauberflöte and Die Meistersinger von Nurnburg, and debuts with Opera San Antonio as First Soldier in Salome, with LOFTPOpera as Don Alfonso in Lucrezia Borgia, and with the Annapolis Chorale for Bach’s St. John Passion.
Felicia Moore is quickly creating a name for herself as a powerful budding young dramatic voice. She has just completed her Artist Diploma at Mannes College, and has had great success in her work with Mannes Opera. As a Mannes Young Artist she has performed the title role in Suor Angelica, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Madama Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims and Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, all with Maestro Joseph Colaneri. In addition to her performances, she has received The Richard F. Gold Career Grant and The Michael Sisca Memorial Opera Award at both Mannes Recognition Ceremonies.
Ms. Moore returned to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist. She will be singing the role of Harriet Mosher in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline, and covering Joyce El-Khoury in the title role. As a 2014 Gerdine Young Artist she covered internationally known soprano Christine Brewer as Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and covered First Lady in The Magic Flute.
Brian Michael Moore
Brian Michael Moore, 22, is a tenor from Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music, studying voice under Mark Oswald. Brian has performed in operas at the Cincinnati Opera Company including Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo and Die Meistersinger von NÃ¼rnberg by Wagner; at the Manhattan School of Music in Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti; and at the New York Opera Exchange in Don Giovanni by Mozart. Brian has performed at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Italy; the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine under Kent Tritle; as well as in the Cincinnati Pops! Orchestra Summer Park Tour 2010 under Vince Lee.
Mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School and is currently continuing her studies there with Prof. Edith Wiens. She was praised by the New York Times for her role in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Aulide, as “a rich-voiced mezzo, gripping as Clytemnestre”. Other roles at Juilliard include Beatrice in Wolf-Ferrari’s Donne Curiose, Zenobia in Handel’s Radamisto and Junon in Charpentier’s Acteon. Virginie Verrez has also sung the role of Lola in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana with Avignon Opera, the role of Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen with Wolf Trap Opera and the role of Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco with the Passiontheater. Verrez is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at the Juilliard School. She is also a prize winner in the Opera Index Competition, the McCammon Competition, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, and the Gerda Lissner Foundation. She will join the Lindemann Program at the Metropolitan Opera in Fall 2015.