San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto Presents Free Opera Concert
By Alexis White
A free public concert will kick off the final series of performances by an international group of rising young opera stars participating in the San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto. The Mexican and American singers, who were accepted into the Institute through auditions and other professional qualifications, will present a program of opera favorites by Puccini, Bizet, Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, Donizetti, and other great composers.
San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto
Sat, Jun 27, 7pm
El Oratorio de San Felipe Neri
The concert is on Saturday, June 27, at El Oratorio de San Felipe Neri, Insurgentes 12.
The Institute made its debut this summer under the auspices of Joseph McClain, the founder and director of the renowned Austin Lyric Opera as well as the founder of Ópera San Miguel and its Concurso San Miguel; and Michael Sylvester, acclaimed for his starring roles in Simon Bocanegra and Samson et Dalila at the Metropolitan Opera (from which he now is retired), and one of the most important American tenors on the international stage. The Institute, through its equally illustrious faculty, provides intensive voice training, master classes, acting, and other physical studies related to the building of a lifelong, healthy foundation in the art of singing.
Popularized in Italy during the 17th and 18th century, bel canto is an approach to operatic singing that stresses voice intensity over volume and helps the voice develop agility and precision by focusing on natural, pure, and even-tone production throughout the vocal range. Besides opera performers, legendary singers Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others sustained their lifetime careers through early training in the art of bel canto.
In addition to the June 27 performance, the Institute will present concerts at El Teatro Juárez de Guanajuato in that city’s historic district and at El Teatro Ángela Peralta in San Miguel de Allende. The Guanajuato program will take place on Friday, July 3, at 7pm, and tickets (150 pesos) are available at the Teatro Juárez box office. The Peralta program will be presented on Saturday, July 4, at 7pm. Tickets (200 pesos) are available at the Peralta box office beginning on Monday, June 29. Both concerts will feature arias as well as fully staged scenes from well-known operas such as La Bohème and Carmen.
For additional information about the Institute, contact Joseph McClain at 154 9837.