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La traviata: Performed by the St. George Opera
March 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - March 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
One event on March 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm
One event on March 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm
One event on March 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm
PERFORMED BY THE ST. GEORGE OPERA
MUSIC by Giuseppe Verdi
LIBRETTO by Francesco Maria Piave
STAGE DIRECTOR Amy Nielsen
MUSIC RECORDINGS Lynette Ownes
Violetta Valéry: ……………Michelle Dean
Alfredo Germont: ………..David Sauer
Giorgio Germont: …………Jared Lesa
Annina: ………………………….Amy Nielsen
Baron Douphol: …………..Gregory Watts
Tickets are $30, or $10 for students with a current student ID.
Soprano, Michelle Dean has been a soloist with the Utah Symphony, the Utah Chamber Artists in Eriks Esenvalds’ Passion and Resurrection, and with the Choral Arts Society of Utah in Schubert’s Mass in G. She has performed in Italy at the Montefeltro Festival as Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Other opera roles include Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème, Adele in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Dewfairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Noemie in Massenet’s Cendrillon. This fall she covers Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Michelle recently returned from a full-time mission in Northern Italy. She is a 2nd year masters student at Brigham Young University.
Tenor, David Sauer has drawn praise from the New York Times, Opera News, Salt Lake Tribune, and others for his ‘handsome voice’ and ‘striking performances and vocal refinement.’ Recent roles include Ruggero in La rondine at The Miami Music Festival, Rodolfo in La bohème in Italy at the Montefeltro Festival, and Alfredo in La traviata. Recent concert engagements include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, and in the world-premiere of Neely Bruce’s Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides at the Salt Lake Tabernacle. He was a Rocky Mountain Region finalist and Utah District winner in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He holds degrees from the University of Utah, Manhattan School of Music, and BYU. Dr. Sauer is on faculty at Southern Utah University and is the General Director of Saint George Opera.
Jared Lesa, baritone, is an active soloist and voice teacher in the Salt Lake City area. He has most recently been seen as Marcello in La bohème with the American West Symphony and Dr. Pangloss in Bernstein’s Candide at Kingbury Hall. Other notable roles include Dr. Falke in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Giorgio Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, and King Melchior in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. He has had the opportunity to work under the direct guidance of Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick for the past two years at the prestigious Institute for Young Dramatic Voices.
Baritone, Gregory R. Watts has appeared on stage in the title roles in both Verid’s Falstaff and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, both Marcello and Alcindoro in La Bohème, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Javert in Les Miserables, among others. This summer he returns to Italy with La Musica Lirica to sing the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto under the baton of Joseph Rescigno. Mr. Watts has been heard with Utah Opera, Lyrical Opera Theater, The American West Symphony, High Desert Opera, Grand Junction Symphony, the Orchestra of Southern Utah, and the Sacramento Messiah Society. He is currently a graduate student at The University of Utah.
Dr. Amy Nielsen has a Bachelors and Master’s of Music degrees and a Doctorate degree in Vocal Performance & Opera Directing. She is a singer, teacher, and director. She has taught and performed at home and abroad. Dr. Nielsen founded St. George Opera in 2016 and served as Board President & General Director until March 2019, and currently serves on the board and as Artistic Director. She founded Amy’s Academy (amys-academy.com), where she teaches voice and piano students (all ages & styles), and the in-tune singing course, “Tune It Up!” (tuneitupcourse.com). She has taught music classes at SUU and currently teaches music and vocal students at Dixie State University.
Tickets are $30, and $10 for students.