Welcome back to Spotlight Sunday! Today we are thrilled to feature another member of the cast of Speaking Her Truth: an evening of music by composer Jessica Rudman. We hope you have already purchased your tickets for this exciting evening of new opera in our capital city! Do you have a friend that enjoys the opera? Invite them to Speaking Her Truth on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30pm at Christ Church Cathedral's Parish House in downtown Hartford. You can purchase tickets through our website at the link below:
For this week's Spotlight, we are thrilled to feature soprano, Claudia Rosenthal! Claudia will be performing the role of Irène Curie in the world premiere of Marie Curie Learns to Swim. We hope you enjoy learning about Claudia and what Opera for the Twenty-Second Century means to her.
Described as "funny, confident and stylish" by Opera News, Claudia Rosenthal is gaining attention for her vocal versatility and passionate performances of opera, oratorio, and concert works.
In the 2017-18 season, Claudia makes her house and role debut with Annapolis Opera, singing Beth in Adamo's Little Women, covers Inès in Donizetti’s La Favorita with New Amsterdam Opera, and performs in concert with Opera Theater of Connecticut at the Sanibel Music Festival in Sanibel, Florida. She also creates the role of Irène Curie in the world premiere of Jessica Rudman’s Marie Curie Learns to Swim with Hartford Opera Theater.
Last season, Claudia returned to the Pittsburgh Opera for her second year as a member of their Resident Artist Program. There, she performed Pulcheria in the Pittsburgh premiere of Handel's Richard the Lionheart. Claudia also covered the role of Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, and went on for the final performance to great success. In previous seasons with the company, she was seen as Amy in Adamo's Little Women, Berta in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, and covered Anne Trulove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. She also made debuts with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Erie Philharmonic, and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra.
Recently, she received the George London Award from the 45th Annual George London Foundation Competition and the 2017 Sullivan Foundation Singer Award from the Matheus Sullivan Foundation Competition. She was also an Eastern Region Finalist and the recipient of the 2015 Rohatyn Great Promise Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and won First Prize and the Irene Patti Memorial Award (for an exceptional soprano) at Florida Grand Opera's Young Patronesses of the Opera National Voice Competition.
In the summer of 2015, she appeared as a Young Artist with Opera on the Avalon, singing the Governess in The Turn of the Screw. Previous seasons’ highlights include Musetta (La bohème), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Clorinda (La cenerentola), and Brigitta (Iolanta) with Yale Opera; Cobweb (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Stella (Les contes d’Hoffmann) as a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera Company; and Nannetta (Falstaff) and Norina (Don Pasquale) as a Young Artist at The Mannes Opera. A strong proponent of new music, she has had the opportunity to create several leading roles in the New York City Fringe Festival and at the Yale School of Drama. She also sang the lead role of the little girl in Daniel Schlosberg’s new opera Frau Trude in the New Music New Haven concert series. As a 2014 Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Claudia performed in the Contemporary Music Festival as the soloist in Jacob Druckman’s Bo and Anna Weesner’s Mother Tongues.
Claudia holds degrees from Yale University, The Hartt School, Mannes College the New School for Music, and the Yale School of Music. In addition to her recent wins at the George London Foundation Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she has received prizes including The Alumni Prize from the Yale School of Music, The Richard F. Gold Career Grant from The Shoshana Foundation, and a Grant Winner from The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges. She has received additional prizes from The Jensen Foundation, The Giulio Gari Foundation, and the Opera Theater of Connecticut Amici Competition.
Here's what Claudia had to say about Opera for the Twenty-Second Century!
Opera for the 22nd Century relates to audiences of all ages and will reflect and promote an increasingly diverse society. The opera world is moving beyond traditional modes of composition and plot, as evidenced by our own production of "Marie Curie Learns to Swim." Everyone can relate to its themes and sensibilities, as it centers around an empowered, emboldened woman blazing trails in a male dominated society.
Above all, Opera for the 22nd Century will strike an emotional and responsive chord in everyone who sees it. "Speaking her Truth" focuses on essential aspects of humanity and our emotional lives. I hope you will come and see for yourself what makes these works so special!
To learn more about Claudia Rosenthal, please visit her website:
www.claudiarosenthal.comOpera for the Twenty-Second CenturySaturday, April 28 at 7:30pmat the Christ Church Cathedral
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