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NEW OPERA VENTURE LAUNCHES WITH DON GIOVANNI | SEPT 25 + 27

ACCLAIMED SINGER/DURHAM RESIDENT LAUNCHES NEW OPERA VENTURE

Triangle Opera Studios offers full productions, gifted local talent, free admission.

Christine Weidinger

Christine Weidinger

Acclaimed singer and Durham resident Christine Weidinger, along with husband Ken Smith, have unveiled plans for Triangle Opera Studios. The new performance venture will offer full-length productions of familiar operas featuring gifted local singers in the title roles. The performances will be presented at little or no cost to the public.

Triangle Opera Studios will make its debut with Don Giovanni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s scintillating masterpiece of seduction, September 25 and 27 at 7 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3313 Wade Avenue in Raleigh.

The full-length, semi-staged production of Don Giovanni features a cast of talented local singers in full costume, with props, making their dizzying entrances and exits as the intricate plot unfolds. The singers will be accompanied by piano as they bring Mozart’s complex characters to life.

Don Giovanni will be sung in Italian with English translations projected above the singers.  Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door to defray production costs.

Christine Weidinger enjoyed a wildly successful international career performing in the major opera houses in the United States, Europe and South America. Now living in Durham, the singer continues to perform but devotes most of her time and energy to her first love: teaching promising young singers.

Ken Smith was Performance House Manager at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City when he and Weidinger first met. Smith managed his wife’s career for two decades while fully engaged, both locally and internationally, in every aspect of opera and theater as stage director, voice teacher, and radio personality. Smith and Weidinger have been married for more than 33 years.

Both Smith and Weidinger are keenly aware of the challenges singers face as they pursue the dream of a professional career. They place great hope for the singers’ future in Triangle Opera Studios. “With Triangle Opera Studios we will offer talented local singers training in major operatic roles, as well as the opportunity to perform those roles in full length productions,” says Weidinger. She adds, “Ken and I want to give these singers every opportunity to blossom into real artists.”

Triangle Opera Studios, Christine Weidinger, founder and director

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s
Don Giovanni, Sung in Italian with projected English translations.

Friday, September 25; Sunday, September 27 -7PM

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC

Admission is FREE.Donation of $10 is suggested.

Information: (919) 791-7104

Production:

  • Scott Tilley, conductor
  • David Kelsey, pianist
  • Ken Smith, stage director

Cast, September 25

  • Jonathan Hart, Don Giovanni
  • Fred Rice, Leporello
  • Robert Chapman, Commendatore
  • Jodie Lewis, Donna Anna
  • James Farlow, Don Ottavio
  • Marie Miller, Donna Elvira
  • Angela Farlow, Zerlina
  • Allyn Hunt, Masetto

Cast, September 27

  • Jonathan Hart, Don Giovanni
  • Fred Rice, Leporello
  • Robert Chapman, Commendatore
  • Elizabeth Grayson, Donna Anna
  • Burt Bridger, Don Ottavio
  • Stephanie Lowd, Donna Elvira
  • Ariel Reed, Zerlina
  • Kurt Melges, Masetto

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