Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Hear 'Star Spangled Voices' in Sun Valley

Classical crossover singers kick off July 4 celebrations


By JENNIFER TUOHY
Express Staff Writer

Mezzo-soprano Paula Rasmussen singing in Barcelona. She will perform in Sun Valley this Saturday.

Spectacular voices will resound in Sun Valley this Saturday, as Sun Valley Opera presents "Star Spangled Voices."

"The program includes a variety of favorite hits from the world's major stages, with something for everyone, including children," said Frank Meyer, co-president of Sun Valley Opera.

"The singers are called classical crossover due to their versatility of being able to cross over with ease from classical to popular song styles."

The line-up for the July 1 show includes Paula Rasmussen, Victor Benedetti and George Dyer.

Returning by popular demand, Mezzo-soprano Rasmussen sang the lead role of Carmen for New York City Opera. She has sung lead roles with major operas throughout the U.S. and Europe, in addition to being a soloist with the major symphonies on both continents. Songs she will sing on Saturday include "Buenos Aires" from "Evita" and the "Madame Butterfly" trio.

Baritone Victor Benedetti's vocal gifts and acting ability landed him the title role of Don Giovanni for New York City Opera. He also performed the role of Escamillo in "Carmen" at New York City Opera. His performance will include "Stars" from "Les Miserables" and the "Barber of Seville" trio.

Tenor George Dyer performed for New York City Opera in "HMS Pinafore," "Mikado," and "Brigadoon." He recently sang the title role of Lenski in "Onegin" for Hawaii Opera. Songs he will sing in Sun Valley include "Close Every Door" by Andrew Lloyd Weber and the famous "Pearl Fishers Duet."

The show takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum. General admission is $30. Students are $18. Diva Tickets are $100 and include the Diva Party on June 30, at this event guests can get up close and personal with the visiting artists as they perform several songs in an intimate setting—around the piano in a local home.

The BRAVO!Club Annual Family BBQ precedes the show.

"Last year over 100 guests enjoyed the barbecue, which is becoming a July 4 tradition in Sun Valley," said co-president Marsha Ingham. "They all sit together in the balcony at the concert, with an age range starting at four. This is a great opportunity to introduce children to professional performers from the New York stages of Opera and Broadway, and the sound of a classically trained voice."

BRAVO!Club tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children.

All tickets are available at sunvalleyopera.com, Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum, Iconoclast Bookstore in Hailey or Ketchum, or by calling 726-2220.




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