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Thursday, June 18, 2015

"Death by Aria" and the Artists Training Program

Editor's note: This is our first post from Tyler Donovan, our 2015 PR/Marketing Assistant Festival Intern. Welcome!

From left: Katherine R. Weber, Molly Hill, April Martin, Cristina Bakhoum. Maya Kherani, Hannah Christine Busch. and Tatiana Ogan
The women of the 2015 Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program at "Death by Aria"
Last Sunday, the annual Central City Opera “Death by Aria” concert was held by the participants of the 2015 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program.  Pieces were performed from operas by Rossini and Massenet, among others. The concert allows the Young Artists to demonstrate their skills and acquaint themselves with their fellow performers and designers. Participants of the Artist Training Program also function as the chorus for the Festival’s operas
Studio Artist, Isaac Assor

Studio Artist Isaac Assor is excited for the Festival: “It’s a wonderful season. Man of La Mancha was one of my favorite shows growing up, and it’s nice to get to do that in an opera setting, and The Prodigal Son has just been really rewarding and challenging”. Assor will have the chance to be a part of shows outside of the Opera House, one of the unique aspects to this Festival. CCO’s The Prodigal Son will be performed at churches in Central City and Colorado Springs while Don Quixote and the Duchess will be featured in a historic venue in Central City as well as the First United Methodist Church in Fort Collins: opera is being taken "out of the box" this summer.

The 10-week young artist program provides daily opera training in diction and movement, makeup and costuming, individual vocal coaching, and sessions in career management such as how to write a resume and maintain a performance portfolio, how to audition in order to succeed, combined with rehearsals and performance opportunities. The widely known program has become a national model for the comprehensive development of young singers. To learn more, visit one of the following web pages: