Opera has always been known for its flair for the dramatic. It’s fitting, then, that the first recital of the 2017 season was given the title “Death by Aria”. Held in the Gilman Studio last Sunday, Death by Aria gave the 2017 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice and Studio Artists the chance to showcase their musical talents for the Central City Opera community for the first time this summer.
Don’t worry – no performers were harmed in the production of Death by Aria. Rather, each singer sang one aria from an opera of their choosing, accompanied by Michael Baitzer, principal coach of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program.
The repertoire spanned a wide range of composers and time periods, featuring pieces from Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and Bernstein’s Candide, among others. One thing remained constant throughout the entire program, however: the incredible talent and passion that the singers brought to the stage. We can’t wait to see them perform in this summer’s operas!