The Aria Evenings to Include Fully Staged Scenes from La Bohème and Carmen
By Alexis White
The closing weekend of the San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto will be celebrated with gala concerts night at El Teatro Juárez de Guanajuato in that city’s historic district and tomorrow night here in San Miguel at El Teatro Ángela Peralta. The Guanajuato program will take place at 7pm. Tickets at 150 pesos are available at the Teatro Juárez box office. The Peralta program starts at 8pm. Tickets at 100 and 150 pesos are available at the Peralta box office.
Gala Farewell Concert
San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto
Fri, Jul 3, 7pm
El Teatro Juárez de Guanajuato
Gala Farewell Concert
Sat, Jul 4, 8pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
100 and 150 pesos
Twenty rising young international opera singers who are completing an intensive, four-week program of voice training, master classes, and acting and other physical studies related to building a lifelong, healthy foundation in the art of singing, will present an evening of arias as well as fully staged scenes from well-known operas such as La Bohème and Carmen. The Institute, founded and directed by Joseph McClain and Michael Sylvester, is designed to further along the career opportunities of these students, who were accepted into the program through auditions and other qualifications and who are being trained in the art of Bel Canto, 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.
“The transformation of these young people over this short period of time has been astonishing, but not totally surprising,” said 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. “Given our illustrious faculty and their dedication, coupled with our students’ drive and desire to succeed, we are listening to performers who have learned their lessons well,” Sylvester added. “Their voices have become stronger without strain, they are able to take on difficult and brilliant displays of vocal technique with ease and grace, and they have found a new level of comfort performing in front of audiences.” Sylvester, acclaimed for his starring roles in Simón Bocanegra and Samson et Dalila at the Metropolitan Opera, from which he now is retired, is considered one of the most important American tenors on the international stage.
The San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto is made possible in part through the generosity of the Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez, “El Nigromante,” of Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.
For additional information about the Institute, contact Joseph McClain at 154 9837.