Kingwood Summer Opera expands opportunities to young performers

Published on: June 21, 2012

The success of Lone Star College-Kingwood’s annual Kingwood Summer Opera led its leadership to return to its roots to offer an operatic stage experience for young singers and beginning adults.

The Young Artist Program provides an intense three week experience for singers to learn short scenes from both opera and musical theater. Their hard work will be put to the test as they perform for the community on July 1 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The event will be held in the college’s Musical Instructional Building Recital Hall.

“Singing and acting at the same time is a learned skill. This program is designed for the beginner to get hands-on attention while learning and actually performing something,” said Shana Buckow-Hogan, local voice teacher and Kingwood Summer Opera Young Artist Program director.

This year, more than 20 people will participate. The performers will present a variety of short scenes from Mozart, Douglas Moore, as well as musical scenes from Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Kingwood Summer Opera began in the summer of 1996 with a cast of 10 operatic beginners performing short scenes. Today, the program has more than 50 participants, who perform fully staged operas, and the lead roles are sung by graduate students and young professional singers.

General admission to the Young Artists Program performance is $5. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 281-312-1709. Tickets are also available at the door.


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