Following the monumental 2014 season’s two productions of “Ariadne auf Naxos,” the Kingwood Summer Opera’s (KSO) creative team will take a break to recharge and develop the new “Berlin Opera Experience” for future seasons.
For several years, KSO at Lone Star College-Kingwood has been producing high level complete opera productions in original language for the enjoyment of the entire Houston metropolitan area and for the singers who are in various stages of their operatic training. While performing Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” in the summer and November 2014, the college’s music department hosted the TEXOMA Regional NATS voice competition and conference.
“We pulled out all the stops last season in terms of resources, artistic quality, and human capital,” said Dr. Todd Miller, producer. “We all needed to recharge our batteries a bit, as well as our coffers. This hiatus allows us to come to the 2016 season with all of our resources full again.”
In addition to the regular Kingwood Summer Opera, the creative team of Anne Heath-Welch, artistic director; Gottfried Schiller, assistant director; and Miller are working to develop a “Berlin Opera Experience” for aspiring singers.
“Schiller sang in the Kommische Oper Berlin for 30 years and still has many contacts in that area of Germany,” said Miller. “We are working to develop a study abroad program that provides real training for young opera singers who aspire to work full time as singers in Germany, and that would include two weeks in and around Berlin, meeting and coaching with significant artists and administrators in the German opera system.”
For more information regarding Kingwood Summer Opera, contact Dr. Todd Miller at 281-312-1485 or Todd.R.Miller@lonestar.edu.
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