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The Atlanta Opera Announces Annual
High School Opera Institute Spring Performance

Program is one of only a few of its kind nationwide

ATLANTA, May 14, 2013 – The Atlanta Opera, one of the nation’s finest regional opera companies enriching lives through the power of opera, today announced that its annual High School Opera Institute’s (HSOI) spring performance will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Morningside Presbyterian Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

Currently in its fourth year, HSOI provides focused training for high school students looking to continue music study at the collegiate and, eventually, professional level. The eight-month program invites some of the area’s most talented high school students in grades 10-12 throughout Metro Atlanta to audition for The Atlanta Opera. Selected participants then attend vocal coachings on topics that include preparing and auditioning for a role, selecting a music school, characterization, diction, and vocal technique. The coachings are done by HSOI Music Director and Atlanta Opera Chorus Master Mr. Walter Huff, Ms. Beverly Blouin, and Dr. Stephanie Adrian. Ms. Laura English-Robinson presented a college preparatory workshop to the group. HSOI students also attend a vocal health seminar presented by the Emory Voice Center. Students will showcase their work in the June 9 performance featuring arias and small ensemble pieces from some of opera’s greatest works by composers including Mozart, Bizet, Menotti, Floyd, and Copland.

This year, 15 students were selected to participate in the High School Opera Institute. Their names and high schools are listed below:

Lily Balshan
North Springs High School (Fulton County)

P. Aiden Brooks
The Paideia School

Courtney Caston
Pebblebrook High School (Cobb County)

Shayne Goldberg
Rome High School (Rome City)

Mary Katherine Henry
The Westminster Schools

Kayla Holcomb
Gordon Central High School (Gordon County)

Rosie Hughes
The Paideia School

Kylie Humber
Heritage High School (Rockdale County)

Ilene Isaacson
Pope High School (Cobb County)

Marc Laroussini
Chamblee Charter High School (DeKalb County)

Julianna Lassiter
Eastside High School (Newton County)

Camille Mapua
Wheeler High School (Cobb County)

Chris Martin
The Lovett School

Susan Reyes
North Cobb High School (Cobb County)

Daniela Rivera
Atlanta International School

About The Atlanta Opera
Founded in 1979, The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the nation. By producing live, mainstage performances of the highest quality and impactful community engagement experiences, The Atlanta Opera enriches lives through the power of opera. The Opera strives to attract the finest international, national, and regional singers, conductors, stage directors, and designers. Each season, The Atlanta Opera presents three productions at the Cobb Energy Centre, drawing audiences from the entire metropolitan Atlanta area as well as from the Southeast region.

HSOI Sponsors
Funding for the HSOI program is provided by the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation, Publix Super Markets Charities, and Wells Fargo. Support is also provided in part by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, and by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly; GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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