Opera Fusion is proud to host our third annual Renee Greenberg Emerging Artist Project with an evening of scenes from Giacomo Puccini’s best loved operas, including La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Gianni Schicchi, Turandot, and La Rondine. After the success of last year’s performance, featuring Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and Verdi scenes, you won’t want to miss this!
The gala performance will be held at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale on August 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door for $25-general admission and $40-VIP.
We are one of a very few opera companies that hosts a summer program where the singers don’t have to pay to sing. We are fortunate to have the support of our patrons and sponsors to underwrite their tuition for the 4-week program. Local singers are invited to audition, with 10-12 of the best local talent selected. They participate in extensive musical training of their roles, coachings, staging rehearsals, acting classes, and gain valuable experience for launching their careers.
We will once again be joined by Stephen M. Crawford as musical director. Maestro Crawford is a noted conductor, accompanist and vocal coach, with credits including the Metropolitan Opera, conducting La Bohème, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, Faust and Madama Butterfly. He has also conducted with the Cincinnati Opera, Greater Miami Opera, Syracuse Opera, Kentucky Opera, Dayton Opera, and Opera Idaho. He conducted world and New York City premieres that include “A Chekhov Trilogy” by Richard Wargo, “Honor” by Christian McLeer, and “The Mark of Cain” by Matthew Harris. He also has conducted at the University of Illinois, Portland State University in Oregon and Prelude to Performance in New York City, and in 2009 spearheaded the training of instrumentalists for the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy.
Martha Collins will also return as stage director and acting coach. Her work has been praised as “world-class, magical staging”, “mastery of zany, comic fun”, and for “her direction of insightful character portrayals”. Recent projects have included Dialogues of the Carmelites for Sarasota Opera, where she has been heavily involved in their youth opera program. For New York University, Collins directed The Magic Flute, Orpheus in the Underworld, and L’enfant et les sortilèges. Her other productions include Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci and Faust at Tri-Cities Opera, Side by Side by Sondheim at New England Conservatory, Il Tabarro and Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opera North, Susannah and The Elixir of Love for Opera Mozart in New Jersey, and Dido and Aeneas at Brevard Music Center.