Summer Program Immerses Singers in Opera

Published on: June 06, 2013

Kingwood Summer Opera presents Young Artist Program 2013Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Young Summer Artists Program invites the public to two performances on June 16.

Held on the Performing Arts Center Main Stage, the concert will feature 20 singers from the area who will present short scenes and arias from operas at 2 and 7:30 p.m. This program gives beginning college students, high school students and the community a chance to learn and sing operatic roles.

“This is a great program for young or inexperienced singers, because they can dig into the magical world of Opera,” said Dr. Todd Miller, chair of Visual and Performing Arts and producer of Kingwood Summer Opera. “It gives them real singing and acting skills while also introducing the community to Opera through a potpourri of short excerpts.”

This year’s program features scenes from dramatic and comic operas, including “Die Fledermaus,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Orfeo and Euridice,” “The Secret Marriage,” and “The Abduction from the Seraglio.” The Young Artists Program is a two-week, intensive scenes program. This year, it was led by soprano Marion Russell Dickson, a Kingwood resident and faculty member at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

“The scenes, from comedy to tragedy, are well suited for these singers, and they are exploding with creative energy and commitment to their work.  Having the chance to work in an intensive and selective environment is more than optimal for these young artists,” said Dickson.

Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Summer Opera program has been a fixture in the community since 1996. Because of its popularity, the Young Artists Program was created. During rehearsals, the singers began each day with a 50-minute “Movement for Opera” class. There, they learned improvisatory exercises, role preparation strategies, and physical alignment and how it corresponds to energy release.

“The exercises led to the discovery of freedom while they portrayed their characters from the stage,” Dickson said. “I am honored to have the post as their director.”

Tickets to the Young Artists Program’s performance are $10 and can be reserved by calling 281-312-1709.

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For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.

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