You will find a multi-faceted view of love: passionate, tender, yearning and broken hearted, when Opera Bend and the COCC Department of Fine Arts and Communication present a joint performance featuring the University of Oregon Opera Ensemble and the Opera Bend Ensemble on May 31.
The staged scenes will be sung in English and original foreign languages, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Cosi Fan Tutte, Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress, Offenbach’s Les Conte’s d’Hoffman, Moore’s Ballad of Baby Doe, Verdi’s La Traviata, musical theatre and operetta.
The Opera Bend Ensemble will feature young and adult artists from Madras, Bend, Prineville and Redmond. Making their debut with Opera Bend are sopranos Christine Keever, Elizabeth Simpson, Kayla George, Debra Leonard, Karen Sipes, Katie Bullock, Sierra Sterrett, Raelynn Stewart; alto Laura Reyes; baritones Juan Retano, TJ Brayton, Sayre Grant; tenors Mike Grigsby, Justin Tilton and bass Dan Glover.
Returning singers include sopranos Una Wagner, Angela Alvarez and tenor Jason Stein. The ensemble is under the direction of Nancy Engebretson and accompanied by pianist Scott Michaelson. During the last week of May, the group will work with famous Metropolitan Opera Baritone David Malis and opera coach/pianist Dr. Gustavo Castro.
The University of Oregon Opera Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Karen Esquivel.