Long Island Opera is incoming Artist-in-Residence at East End Arts

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  2. October 3, 2012 11:16 pm

East End Arts, Long Island, New York  is proud to announce the incoming Artist-in-Residence: Long Island Opera, which will be in residence from October 2012 through February 2013.

Each month will feature an “Opera Weekend,” with low- or no-cost programs, classes and workshops open to the public on a variety of opera-related topics at the East End Arts School, located at 141 E. Main Street in Riverhead, NY. The first “Opera Weekend” will be held October 12 and 13 with workshops on the History of Opera and Music Composition. Long Island Opera (LIO), the Island’s oldest opera company, has brought a notable blend of opera performance and opera education to Nassau and Suffolk communities for more than fifty years. From its beginnings in an adult education course in 1958, LIO has engaged, entertained, and educated audiences all across Long Island, in concert halls, outdoor performance spaces, at libraries, schools and community centers.

The 2012-13 season marks a renaissance for LIO. Led by music director Fabio Bezuti and executive director Joy Berta, LIO will present a season of three fully staged operas, Carmen, Rigoletto, and La Bohème, and a number of concert performances. The centerpiece of LIO’s education efforts is this four-month residency at East End Arts, the first time an arts organization has been chosen for residency. LIO’s performing and teaching artists will offer workshops in opera history, performance, and craft. Combining presentation, discussion, and performance, these workshops will take participants behind the scenes for an up-close discovery of the unique world of opera. For more information about their residency, visit http://eeacschool.blogspot.com/p/artist-in-residence.html.

Below are the “Opera Weekend” programs that the Long Island Opera will be presenting during their residency:

October 2012 EEA Opera Weekend

HISTORY OF OPERA: Friday, October 12, 7:00-8:00PM, Cost: $10

This workshop will provide the audience a better understanding and background of this amazing art form.

COMPOSITION: Saturday, October 13, 2:00-4:00PM, Cost: $20 EEA members / $30 nonmembers

A LIO teaching artist will discuss in detail methods of music composition.

November 2012 EEA Opera Weekend

MOVEMENT IN OPERA: Friday, November 9, 6:00-8:00PM, Cost: $20 EEA members / $30 nonmembers

A LIO artist will describe and demonstrate various techniques to warm up, relax, and prepare the body and the voice for optimal performance.

ACTING IN OPERA: Saturday, November 10, 1:00-4:00PM, Cost: $30 EEA members / $45 nonmembers

This workshop demonstrates acting and performance techniques — from quiet emotion to stage combat — that help the opera singer bring a character to life for the audience.

December 2012 EEA Opera Weekend

MASTERS OF OPERA: Friday, December 7 (First Friday), 6:30-8:00PM, Cost: FREE

In an illustrated musical tour, Long Island Opera introduces the artists whose talents contribute to this unique and enduring art form. The Composer: from Handel and Mozart to Puccini; The Conductor: from Toscanini to Muti; The Performer: from Muzio and Caruso to Bjorling and Tebaldi. Vintage costumes and opera memorabilia will be on display. Q & A following the presentation.

MASTERY OF VOICE: Saturday, December 8, 1:00-3:00PM, Cost: $20 EEA members / $30 nonmembers

In this workshop, a LIO teaching artist will explain and demonstrate techniques of breathing, posture, and articulation, and the mechanics of the voice that give operatic voices such astonishing agility, range, stamina, and control.

January 2013 EEA Opera Weekend

LANGUAGES IN OPERA: Friday, January 11, 6:30-8:00PM, Cost: $15 EEA members / $25 nonmembers

This workshop explores language mastery, with demonstrations in various languages.

THE AUDITION: Saturday, January 12, 12:00-2:00PM, Cost: $20 EEA members / $30 nonmembers

Follow a singer through the audition process as they hone vocal and acting skills, prepare audition selections, and become immersed in the milieu of the work.

February 2013 EEA Opera Weekend

COACHING AND ACCOMPANIMENT: Friday, February 8, 6:30-8:00PM, Cost: $15 EEA members / $25 nonmembers

In this master class, a Long Island Opera teaching artist will demonstrate with selected singers the importance of diction, language, and overall presentation of an aria or song in preparation for audition or performance.

As part of their residency, Long Island Opera is also offering Private Coaching Sessions on select dates, including: Sunday, January 13 and Saturday, February 9, 2013. To schedule an appointment, call 631-369-2171.

East End Arts’ Artist-in-Residence program, started in 2008, is designed to bring established and emerging artists of all disciplines to the East End to showcase their work, and provides opportunities for the community to learn from the artist through exhibitions, lectures, and workshops. The Artist-in-Residence program provides studio space and housing during the residency at the historic Corwin Carriage House on the East End Arts grounds in Riverhead, NY. Applications and proposals are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 year. For more information about East End Arts Artist-in-Residence Program, and for applications, visit: http://eeacschool.blogspot.com/p/artist-in-residence.html.

For more information about these programs, and other art, music, and theatre classes, workshops and opportunities offered at the East End Arts School, contact education@eastendarts.org, 631-369-2171 or visit http://eastendarts.org/education/index.html.

East End Arts, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefits the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.

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