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Opera in Action: An Evening of Staged Scenes

Vanessa Jara

Beatriz Meléndez

By Alexis White

Forget the Beatles and the wrestlers. The San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto offers up young opera singers in a seductive evening of Mezzo Mania. The concert is presented by Casa de Europa en México, SC, and all proceeds from the sale of tickets will benefit their organization. Casa de Europa is dedicated to strengthening multicultural ties between Mexico and the European Union through cultural, academic, economic, scientific, and artistic activities. as well as tourism and other programs. The Institute’s third season has been made possible by Casa de Europa, which is providing teaching, master class, and office facilities.

Music
Mezzo Mania
A Benefit Concert by the San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto, Casa de Europa en México, SC
Sat, Jul 1, 6pm
San Francisco 23
Tickets 100 pesos, available at Casa de Europa
All proceeds go to Casa de Europa

Music
Opera in Action: An Evening of Staged Scenes
Presented by the San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto
Thu, Jul 6, 7pm
Auditorium, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes
Hernández Macías 75
150 peso tickets sold from 5–7pm at the door.

The evening of arias, zarzuela, Broadway show tunes, and ensemble surprises features works by Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss, Mozart, Thomas, Gounod, Weill, Gershwin, Bizet, Lara, and Chapi. The concert culminates in a gran sorpresa final.

Participating in Mezzo Mania are all seven mezzo sopranos studying at the Institute’s intensive, four-week program.

Mary Kate vom Lehn, a native upstate New Yorker, is heard in the Naxos recording of the world premiere of Fred Lerdahl’s First Voices. While pursuing studies and opera projects abroad, she joined the Studio d’Opéra Luxembourg, singing the role of Hänsel in a fully-staged touring production of Hänsel und Gretel.

A native of Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Isabel Tintori, was a finalist in the Olivia Gorra Concurso held by the Veracruzana soprano and Grammy-nominated singer. She has performed as a soloist and in ensemble concerts in many historical and cultural venues, including last winter at the Ángela Peralta, where she was Suzuki in Madame Butterfly.

Diana Peralta of Mexico City has appeared in festivals and concursos in Costa Rica, Spain, and Mexico. Her many leading roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Festival de Ópera de San Luis Potosí and Leila in Les pêcheurs de perles. Recently, she recorded Canta a Cri Cri with Javier Camarena and then toured with him in performances around Mexico.

Mexico City’s Beatriz Meléndez was invited to participate in the 2017 Opera San Miguel Concurso and also sang in its special concert introducing new voices of Mexico. She placed third in the Premio de Canto del Estado de México 2017.

Vanessa Jara, a native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, has participated in operas in many Mexican cities. At age 23, she debuted with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, singing the title role in Ravel’s opera L’enfant et les Sortileges. A FONCA scholarship recipient, she studies at the Estudio de Ópera de Bellas Artes, and has worked with internationally acclaimed Mexican opera singers Javier Camarena and Ramón Vargas.

A native of Torreón, Coahuila, Mariana Sofía García Rodríguez was awarded the San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto prize at the Concurso Internacional de Canto Sinaloa 2017.

San Franciscan Eva Magdalena Aldaz studies music at the University of California, Irvine, and has appeared in productions of the American composer Ned Rorem’s opera Our Town and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

The Institute will present Opera in Action: An Evening of Staged Scenes on Thursday, July 6. For information, see this week’s Que Pasa.

 

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