I had the privilege of participating with the Utah Vocal Arts Academy in Provo, UT July
5-30, 2016. UVAA is associated with the Utah Lyric Opera and I was honored to be accepted as a Studio Artist and sing the role of Rosalinda in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. I also had the opportunity to sing chorus in Le Nozze di Figaro, study acting, take master’s classes, sing at Opera in the Park and participate in the Death by Aria Competition.
While working in Utah I was able to learn from artists such as Deborah Voigt, Wendy Bryn-Harmer, Jennifer Welch-Babidge and Anthony Laciura.
Opera in the Park was a chance to perform scenes from Die Fledermaus as well as other arias to allow the audience to enjoy opera in a relaxed environment. The Death by Aria competition was a two day competition that allowed me to perform selections from three separate arias earning third place in the competition.
I had a wonderful time performing my first comedic opera role and had the privilege to work with an incredible cast, led by director Mark Reynolds and music director Michael Levitt.
Though I had several opportunities available this summer, I am delighted I attended UVAA and I enjoyed my time in Utah. Thank you to UVAA, Isaac Hurtado and Utah Lyric Opera for a wonderful summer.