COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (April 8, 2010) – On April 15, area residents will have the opportunity to hear two of Glimmerglass Opera’s 2010 Young American Artists perform before they begin their summer residence. The Young American Artists Program is Glimmerglass Opera’s acclaimed apprenticeship for young opera singers. Soprano Eleni Calenos and mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen will sing at The Otesaga Resort Hotel’s 2010 Open House on Thursday, April 15, at 6 p.m. The open house is free and open to the public.
Calenos received a Master’s in Vocal Performance from Queens College and a performance certificate from the Opera Institute of Boston University. This summer she will understudy the role the Countess in Glimmerglass Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro. Calenos has performed at the Barbados Music Festival, Boston Concert Opera, Boston University Opera Institute, Chorus Pro Musica, Harrisburg Opera Association, Hellenic Foundation and Opera in the Heights.Rosen received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Yale College and is completing her Master of Music at Mannes College.
Rosen will understudy the role of Alessandro in Tolomeo and appear in the chorus of Tosca during Glimmerglass Opera’s 2010 Festival. She has performed with Ensemble enCANTA, Mannes Opera, Yale Cabaret and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Rosen has been a Studio Artist at Opera North in New Hampshire and was a 2008 recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Arts at Yale College.
The Otesaga’s open house will start at 4:30 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. The performance will be in the ballroom at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and no reservation is necessary. Glimmerglass Opera’s 2010 Festival features new productions of Puccini’s Tosca, Copland’s The Tender Land, Mozart’s
The Marriage of Figaro and the U.S. professionally staged premiere of Handel’s Tolomeo. The season runs July 9 through August 24, 2010, at the Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown, New York. For moreinformation on Glimmerglass Opera’s 2010 Festival, visit www.glimmerglass.org or call the company’s Box Office at (607) 547-2255.
Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artists Program was established in 1988. An acclaimed training program for young singers, the program brings exceptional singers and accompanists in the first stages of their professional careers to study and perform in the creative and demanding atmosphere of Glimmerglass. Young American Artists are chosen annually from more than 700 applicants. The three-month summer program focuses on education through performance, which comes from opportunities to cover and perform appropriate roles in mainstage productions. In addition to performing, Glimmerglass Young Artists receive musical coachings, as well as attend classes and workshops in diction and acting, audition technique and role preparation.