Eugene Opera Music Director Andrew Bisantz is featured on a new recording of the music of composer Fredrick Kaufman. This past April, Maestro Bisantz conducted singers from Florida Grand Opera’s acclaimed Young Artist Studio in Kaufman’s 1985 work for unaccompanied voices Stars and Distances, and then in June traveled with the composer to Prague to record his brand-new work The Seven Sisters with members of the Czech Philharmonic.
Stars and Distances will have a life beyond the recording – it will become the soundtrack for the planetarium in Miami’s new Frost Science Museum. It is the first time in South Florida that two important institutions, one in the arts and one in science, will collaborate in such a prominent and lasting fashion.
The 2014-15 Opera Academy has gotten off to a great start! In November, the participants have been introduced to the first opera, Elixir of Love, and met three young behind-the-scenes professionals: Erin Empey, Stage Manager; Zeke Fetrow, Assistant Conductor; and Grace Ho, who has been Eugene Opera’s Office Manager for the last 2 years. Upcoming events include attending chorus and orchestra rehearsals and meeting and talking to the artists.
Welcome to Eugene Opera’s new website and blog for the 2014-15 season. December will be a busy month for the opera, with a number of diverse events planned leading up to the performances of Donizetti’s comedy The Elixir of Love on December 31 and January 4. Check out the Events section of the web site and follow Eugene Opera on Facebook and Twitter to hear what’s happening. And don’t forget to buy your tickets to Elixir!