Matthew Polenzani at Westminster

Princeton Friends of Opera members were treated to a lovely reception by Westminster Choir College on July 14, from 5-7 p.m. in Williamson Hall prior to a Master Class led by tenor Matthew Polenzani.  The evening was a wonderful chance to socialize with friends and to meet the fabulous young singers who were part of the 2013 CoOPERAtive program. The Master Class, which followed, was a delight.  Mr. Polenzani worked on interpretation with each young singer, with what can only be described as a very hands on approach.  He was insightful, engaging and knowledgeable, bringing out the very best in each of the vocalists.  The focus of the class was the Italian tenor.  What could be better? 

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Once again, since its inception, PFO provided scholarships for singers and our members Marvin and Ingrid Reed, Charles and Lynne Watkins, and Lois Laverty provided housing for participants.  This summer the program offered opera training as well as the opportunity for pianists to participate.  These young musicians are working toward careers as coaches and conductors in opera as well as art song.  Christopher Arneson and Laura Brooks Rice, co-directors of the CoOPERAtive Program, are doing a wonderful job.  Every year we are astounded by the continued growth of the program and the outstanding quality.  

Upcoming opera and art song performances at Westminster include:  December 6 & 7 (Production TBA), January 18 &19 CoOperative Operas in Concert, Gounod's Romeo et Juliet and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Il Tabarro.  February 21, 22 & 23. 2014 Westminster Art Song Festival, celebrating American Art Song.

Anne McMahan