The Metropolitan Opera House is located on Broadway at Lincoln Square in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City.
NO, THE METROPOLITAN OPERA IS NOT MOVING TO VERO BEACH BUT IT IS ALMOST AS THOUGH IT IS HERE.
It is almost as though it is here because Metropolitan Opera singers such as Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani and Susan Neves have performed with Vero Beach Opera. Young singers from all over the world, Europe, China, the Philippines, Korea, as well as from all over the United States come here to compete in the Marcello Giordani and Deborah Voigt International Vocal Competitions at Vero Beach Opera. Some of the previous winners are now performing at the Met.
“The quality of the music, the voices and the acting is as good as the
Met. A good opera singer conveys enormous emotion,” says Director
Paul Gauthier. “It gives you goose bumps.”
The 2016 Vero Beach Opera season includes a fully staged operetta, two concerts, an evening with Deborah Voigt and a Deborah Voigt International Vocal Competition, where aspiring young opera singers from around the world compete for titles, cash prizes and performance opportunities.
All performances are held at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, located at 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach.
Deborah Voigt – Photo by Heidi Gutman
Deborah Voigt is an American operatic soprano who regularly performs in opera houses and concert halls all around the world.
According to the New York Times she is “the only diva who might carry on Beverly Sills’ role as ‘opera cheerleader’ in America.”
The fact that she visits here to participate in the Vero Beach Opera speaks volumes to the significance of how a town the size of Vero Beach can attract such high quality performers.
According to Wikipedia, “Deborah Voigt has received various awards for her artistic achievement since her debut as a singer. She was the first prize winner of Philadelphia’s Luciano Pavarotti Vocal Competition in 1988, the Verdi Competition in 1989, and won the gold prize for best female singer at the prestigious 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition.
In March 1992, she won the Richard Tucker Award, the top award presented by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.
She has been nominated for a Grammy Award several times and shared the 1996 ‘Best Opera Recording’ award for the recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyens directed by Charles Dutoit with Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
She was also co-nominated in 2002 for ‘Best Choral Performance’ on a Columbia Records recording. In 2013, she shared the ‘Best Opera Recording’ award for the Metropolitan Opera’s recording of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Voigt garnered Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year in 2003, and an Opera News award for distinguished achievement in 2007.She was honored as a Chevalier of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres at the Opéra Bastille on 27 March 2002.
She was inducted into the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Hall of Fame in 1997.”
Photo by JPR Images
As further evidence of Deborah Voigt’s love of the Vero Beach Opera, in 2007 she chartered The Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach Opera Foundation with the purpose of promoting and supporting talented young opera singers through a mentoring program where promising young singers can spend time with Ms. Voigt in order to experience artistry at the highest level and through international vocal competitions where young opera singers have the opportunity to perform before Ms. Voigt while competing for prizes and encouragement awards.
On March 23, 2016 Ms. Voigt will be in Vero Beach at the Performing Arts Center for an intimate question and answer session about her operatic career. She will be interviewed by local writer and radio personality, Tania Ortega-Cowan.
Then on March 24-26, 2016 Vero Beach Opera and Deborah Voigt will hold the first Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach Opera International Vocal Competition where young singers from all over the world will compete for cash prizes. Preliminaries will be held on March 24th, Semi-finals on March 25th, and the Finals Concert will be held on March 26th. Tickets for all three days are available on the Vero Beach Opera website.
For tickets and additional information about Vero Beach Opera, please visit Vero Beach Opera at http:// http://www.verobeachopera.org.
On January 10, 2016 Vero Beach Opera will hold its fully staged operetta, “Die Fledermaus,” where Johann Strauss’ sumptuous melodies will unfold during a night of deception and practical jokes at the hottest party in operetta!
Die Fledermaus at the Met
The operetta will be sung in English with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Bruce Stasyna, Music Director of Vero Beach Opera.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Maestro Stasyna is a “Conductor; Chorus Master; Pianist; Coach – for more than seventy operatic productions and collaborations with a long list of operatic luminaries – 15 as conductor, 40 as chorus master, 30 as continuo or orchestral keyboardist, 19 as assistant conductor, 22 as backstage conductor – for such companies as New York City Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Minnesota Opera, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Washington Concert Opera and Wolf Trap Opera.”
On February 6, 2016 the Vero Beach Opera will hold an Opera Showcase Concert, “Seduction & Betrayal,” featuring artists from the acclaimed Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.
Then on March 13, 2016 Marcello Giordani Foundation prizewinners will perform A World of Opera Concert, “Remember me then…See me now!”
The Marcello Giordani Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the help and support of young opera singers to enable them to pursue and achieve their career goals and to succeed on international opera stages.
For the past three years Vero Beach Opera has hosted the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition in Vero Beach.
If all this isn’t enough, in conclusion, the Vero Beach Opera has partnered with the Vero Beach Museum of Art since 1989 to offer opera education programs to the community.
For tickets and additional information about Vero Beach Opera, please visit Vero Beach Opera at: http://www.verobeachopera.org