POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — The New York Opera Studio (NYOS), and Metropolitan Opera artist and coach Nico Castel, will feature 28 aspiring opera singers and two young pianists in a recital at Vassar College's Skinner Hall of Music on Sunday, July 3, at 2:00 p.m. Operatic scenes from a variety of styles and in a variety of languages will be performed, including piano accompaniment by NYOS musical director, Maestro Louis Menendez, and Studio piano instructor Violette Zabirchenko.
This free public performance culminates the New York Opera Studio's ten-day summer residency at Vassar, an intensive program to guide singers through the process of integrating musical ideas, language skills, body language and acting craft in a highly creative and personally artistic way. Nico Castel is the translator of the Leyerle Series of Opera Libretti and has been performing, translating, and coaching opera for nearly 50 years. NYOS general manager and artistic director Carol Castel, and choreographer Catherine Barnett will also contribute.
The New York Opera Studio helps young artists bridge the gap between conventional voice education and the professional operatic stage. It is set up as an "open conservatory," offering classes and workshops taught by some of the finest names in opera and theater (http://www.newyorkoperastudio.org). For more information on the July 3 performance at Vassar, call (845) 437-5900, and go to www.vassar.edu/arts/. The air conditioned Skinner Hall of Music is wheelchair-accessible, and people with disabilities requiring accommodations should call Cathy Jennings in the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Free parking is available at Skinner Hall, and the campus's adjoining south parking lot. Directions to the Town of Poughkeepsie campus are available at www.vassar.edu/directions/. Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.