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Syracuse Opera & Opera on the James to share Resident Artist Program

May 29, 2013

(Syracuse, NY) Syracuse Opera and Opera on the James are pleased to announce a shared Resident Artist Program. Based on each Company’s current programs, the collaboration allows the organizations to provide emerging vocal and collaborative piano artists with multiple opportunities to practice their craft.

In the 2013-14 season, four vocal artists will begin their tenure in Syracuse in September performing Nine Operas in Ninety Minutes, a fully-staged collection of opera and musical theater’s greatest hits. The troupe moves to Lynchburg, VA, home of Opera on the James, in October to participate in main stage productions of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. Additional artists will return to Syracuse in March to participate in a main stage production of Porgy and Bess. Artists will have the ability to perform education and outreach programs and concerts at both Companies, continuing each institution’s commitment to current and future community members.

Realizing the importance of professional development at every level of the opera industry, one pianist will be chosen as Accompanist to main stage productions at both companies, with the opportunity to collaborate with the four vocal artists in a variety of concerts and smaller-scale productions.

“Each Company has worked diligently to prioritize our programs in our own communities,” comments Douglas Kinney Frost, Director of Music at Syracuse Opera, and Music Director at Opera on the James. “We’ve each had tremendous success in raising the visibility and community offerings. Combining resources simply allows us to continue that work, and share program expenses with the goal of providing additional opportunities to emerging talent.”

The Companies recently held joint auditions in New York City in May to identify artists for the 2013-14 season, and confirm repertoire.

For more information about Syracuse Opera, upcoming performances and community events, call Syracuse Opera at (315) 475-5915 or visit www.syracuseopera.com.

Now in its 39th year, Syracuse Opera enriches the lives of the people of upstate New York through locally produced opera,

the one all-inclusive art form that celebrates the beauty of the human singing voice energized through the spectacle of live theater.

Offering three mainstage productions each season and year-round community performances and education programs,

Syracuse Opera’s core values are Artistic Excellence, Integrity, and Community Enrichment.

Syracuse Opera is a professional company reaching over 60,000 people each year.

Syracuse Opera productions are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Additional funding provided by the County of Onondaga administered by CNY Arts.

Syracuse Opera is a member of OPERA America, the Arts & Culture Leadership Alliance of CNY,

and the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association.

Michael A. Connor
Director of Advancement