April 2 program highlights upcoming opera stars

An international quartet of opera stars of the future will be featured in the April 2 "FYI: Opera" program at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd. The program, which begins at 7:30 p.m., previews "Opera Scenes," a widely acclaimed program presented annually at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

David Bamberger, artistic director of the CIM Opera Theater, who narrates the program, said the April 2 program will  include such favorites as “The Laughing Song” from Johann Strauss’ "Die Fledermaus," “The Legend of Kleinzack” from Offenbach’s "The Tales of Hoffmann," “The Aria of Queen Mab” from Gounod’s "Romeo and Juliet" and “Glitter and be Gay” from Bernstein’s "Candide." The singers will be accompanied by music director John Simmons at the piano.

The four CIM singers who will perform in Westlake are Korean soprano Min-Kyeong Kim, who starred in last fall’s production of Cimarosa’s "The Secret Marriage." Joining her will be three American singers, all of whom have taken leading roles in major CIM productions: soprano Sarah Mossman, tenor David Fair and baritone Brian Myer.

The April 2 program is part of the FYI: Opera series which the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council has sponsored for over a quarter of a century, offering the programs FREE to the public.

The FYI program offers an inviting sample of CIM’s fully costumed production Opera Scenes, which will be performed April 19, 20 and 21 at CIM in University Circle. Information and tickets for CIM’s production are available at cim.edu/events/tickets.php or call 216-791-5000, ext. 411.

Louise Seeholzer

Publicist for Westlake-Westshore Arts Council

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:52 AM, 03.19.2013