Yavapai College Performing Arts Center has finalized its lineup of promising young opera artists for its Opera’s Rising Stars event, held Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. at YCPAC.
Billed as a showcase of emerging talents on the national opera scene, Opera’s Rising Stars will feature Juilliard graduates, national award-winning singers, and young performers whose talents have already led them to stages and accolades all over the world. They include:
- Samuel Levine – An elegant, robust tenor, whose performance as Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tiresias was praised by the New York Times. Other highlights include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Boston Lyric Opera and Don Jose in Carmen with Savannah Voice Festival.
- Jennifer Johnson Cano – A naturally gifted mezzo soprano noted for her commanding stage presence. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist season, she has given stunning recital debuts at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Gardner Museum in Boston. She made her MET debut during the 2009-2010 season, and has given over 100 performances there.
- Christopher Cano – A seasoned recitalist and orchestra soloist who has performed in Europe, across the U.S., Mexico, Israel and the Far East. He has won numerous awards including the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and has worked with many of music’s great vocal artists including Marilyn Horne and Luciano Pavarotti.
- Amy Shoremount-Obra – A Juilliard graduate and Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, she made her MET debut in 2014 as First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Other operatic roles include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera Las Vegas and Musetta in La Bohème with the Savannah Philharmonic. In 2016, she debuted in Lincoln Center as the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem.
- Keith Harris – Has captivated audiences on both operatic and concert stages. His opera performances include Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Dandini in La Cenerentola with Bar Harbor Music Festival; Silvio in Pagliacci with Opera Tampa; and productions of Faust, Werther, Merry Widow and Lulu with The Metropolitan Opera.
Tickets for Opera’s Rising Stars are $33 - $48 and on sale now at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Box Office, 1100 E. Sheldon Street, Prescott, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., or by calling: (928) 776.2000 (or 877-928-4253 toll free) or visiting: www.ycpac.com.