On Sunday, June 5 at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, graduates from The Atlanta Opera’s High School Opera Institute showcased their work in a performance featuring arias and small ensemble pieces from some of opera’s greatest works.
The High School Opera Institute is the only preparatory program of its kind offered by an opera company in the nation. Participants in this eight-month program attend monthly workshops and vocal coachings on topics that include: preparing and auditioning for a role; selecting a music school; characterization; diction; and vocal technique. These workshops are taught by leading professionals in the opera field: Atlanta Opera Chorus Master Walter Huff, Stephanie Adrian, Laura English-Robinson, Michael Spassov, and Beverly Blouin.
The packed house was moved is so many ways by the experience of seeing fresh, young talent working to make their dreams come true. Here are some of the highlights.
Soprano Carolyn Balkovetz and baritone Samuel Itskov charmed the audience with the Papageno/Papagena Duet from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Carolyn Balkovetz graduated from Starr’s Mill High School and will be attending Georgia State University in the fall. Samuel Itskov graduated from Park View High School, and will be attending the Manhattan School of Music. Photo by Tim Wilkerson.
Tenor Justin Van Scyoc, who will be attending Columbus State University, wowed the audience with not only his singing but his dancing skills as well when he performed Beppe’s Aria from Pagliacci. Photo by Tim Wilkerson.
Soprano Kate Kasmier (top left and below) and soprano Kaitlyn Johnson (top right) sang the duet “Sull’aria” from Le nozze di Figaro. Ms. Kasmier followed the duet with another aria from Le nozze di Figaro, “Non so piu.” Photo by Tim Wilkerson.
Soprano Felicia Wilkins (left), who will be attending Dartmouth College, and mezzo-soprano Anne Stillwagon (right), who is a rising senior at Walton High School, performed “Evening Prayer” from Hansel and Gretel. Photo by Tim Wilkerson.