San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto Announces an Evening of Rising Opera Stars

By Alexis White

The San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto’s Evening of Rising Opera Stars concert will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, beginning at 7pm in the Bellas Artes auditorium. Tickets are 200 pesos and will be available at the door. The concert benefits the Rural Education Institute and the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.

San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto
Tue, Jun 16, 7pm
Bellas Artes
Hernández Macías 75
200 pesos
154 9837

The concert features Mexican and American students participating in the Institute’s summer program of Bel Cantoça. Ranging in age from 20 to 32 and accepted into the program by audition and academic qualifications, they are pursuing professional careers in the opera world.

The singers will be joined at the piano by internationally acclaimed pianists and coaches Ted Taylor and Rebecca Edie. They are professional performers, educators, and accompanists with long opera and classical music careers.

Taylor, the Institute’s vocal coach, is on the opera faculty of Mannes College, now the conservatory of the New School in New York, and spent 10 years with Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music and School of Music. He worked on opera master classes with the late opera greats Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Regine Crespin, and Carlo Bergonzi. His vocal students regularly appear with the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra, among other great institutions. Taylor also enjoys careers in international piano and conducting. He has worked with many opera luminaries, including Kathleen Battle, for whom he played 34 concerts. Taylor has appeared with many American opera companies, including New York City Opera. In his early conducting years, he was appointed music director by Beverly Sills of the New York City Opera National Company.

Edie is the staff accompanist for Anderson University’s School of Music (Indiana), where she teaches piano, accompanies student and faculty recitals, and performs chamber music with the Appassionati Piano Trio. She has appeared as soloist and orchestral pianist for the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma Mozart Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Tulsa Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Recently, she was invited to play at the Orvieto Festival of Strings in Italy.

The San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto comprises faculty from the United States and Mexico with proven track records of bringing winners to important competitions, placing lead singers in the ensembles of major houses, and, most importantly, helping singers build lifelong, healthy vocal and musical foundations, according to co-founders and co-directors Joseph McClain and Michael Sylvester. The program includes voice lessons, private coaching, and master acting and other classes. The students also are performing in Institute concerts in San Miguel and Guanajuato (July 3 at the Teatro Juárez).

The Rural Education Institute of Mexico, founded in 2007, works with rural communities to redress the problem of educational inequality and high dropout rates, first focusing on the incentive to stay in school through interactive and diverse educational programs, and then on the means.


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