Westminster Offers Free Opera Master Classes
OPERA TRAINING PROGRAM: Opera coach and conductor Kathleen Kelly will lead a master class with aspiring opera singers participating in Westminster Choir College’s CoOPERAtive program on Monday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
The Westminster CoOPERAtive Program, Westminster Choir College’s three-week intensive opera training program, is in full swing at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton. The public is invited to attend an array of free recitals, concerts, and master classes featuring talented singers and accompanists from around the world who are taking the next step in their operatic careers.
The public events include operatic aria concerts, featuring participants performing arias from familiar and not-so-well-known operas on Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton.
Students will also present intimate art song recitals on Saturday, July 15, which will focus on French melodie. On Thursday, July 20, singers will present an all-Schubert evening dedicated to the memory of Westminster Choir College faculty member Lindsey Christiansen. All recitals will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Bristol Chapel.
The CoOPERAtive Program brings to Princeton some of the most influential people in the operatic field today to serve on its faculty and hold master classes. Program participants will perform in master classes with Kathleen Kelly, coach/conductor of opera at University of Michigan, on Monday, July 17. All master classes begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse and are free and open to the public.
CoOPERAtive alumni Brian Mextorf, baritone and Brent Funderburk, piano present a recital on Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse.
Westminster Choir College of Rider University is located at 101 Walnut Lane in Princeton. For more information, visit www.rider.edu/arts.