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Opera San Miguel Names Star Soprano as Artist-In-Residence

By John Bills, Artistic Director

As the judges and finalists gather for its national contest for young opera singers, Opera San Miguel announces a newly endowed chair, The Shari Alexander Artist-In-Residence. Ms. Alexander, a long-time board member, has pledged an ongoing gift to provide an annual stipend and travel expenses to fund the Artist-In-Residence chair. “Ever since I became involved with Opera San Miguel, I saw the need to provide stability and sustainability for the organization and its wonderful work on behalf of Mexican singers,” says Ms. Alexander. “That was why I created the “Angels of the Opera” program, which has grown to become our most important fund-raising vehicle. Now it’s time to find new ways to ensure that Opera San Miguel will continue its important work far into the future.”

Concurso San Miguel 2016
Nationally-Celebrated Contest for Young Mexican Opera Singers
Sat, Mar 5, 7:30pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
650/600/350/250 pesos
Remaining tickets at the box office

Filling the Artist-In-Residence chair will be internationally celebrated soprano, Maureen O’Flynn. Ms. O’Flynn was for 28 years a leading soprano with virtually every major opera house in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, London’s Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg Staatsoper, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and La Scala in Milan. Legendary conductor Riccardo Muti chose her for Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff for a new production at La Scala and for his Sony recording of the opera. Ms. O’Flynn’s definitive performance of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto was heard by audiences in London, Venice, Palermo, Naples, the Arena di Verona, and in the U.S. at the Met, Houston, Dallas, Philadelphia, and San Diego. Today she shares her experience with aspiring singers at her New York studio and on the faculty of the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. Maureen O’Flynn first came to Opera San Miguel as the 2015 “Rosewood San Miguel Master Teacher” and will continue in that position.

Maureen O’Flynn now begins a three-year term as Artist-In-Residence, renewable by mutual agreement. She will serve as a judge for the company’s annual Concurso San Miguel, will coach and prepare the finalists, and will be available to conduct public Master Classes outside of Concurso week. Responding to her new appointment, Ms. O’Flynn said, “What a joy to be working with such caring and decent human beings who are committed to the rightness and goodness of what we are all trying to do (in helping young singers). I thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful organization.”


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