Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sun Valley Opera announces series, new talent


"The live satellite HD transmission gives you the feeling you are in orchestra seats at Lincoln Center," said Sun Valley Opera President Frank Meyer with the announcement of the 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD Series.

Starting Oct. 15 at Hailey's Bigwood 4 Cinemas, the season kicks off with world-famous soprano Anna Netrebko with her portrayal of Anna Bolena, the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. For a detailed listing visit

"The behind-the-scenes interviews with the artists at intermission further enhance the show," Meyer said.

In other news, Mark Diamond, a rising star dubbed one of the sexiest baritones in opera, beat three other finalists in the 10th annual vocal competition sponsored by the Sun Valley Opera in Seattle on Aug. 17.

The competition showcases young opera talent with cash prizes that help singers in the formative point in their careers. The finalists—Diamond, Joseph Lattanzi, Katherine Lerner and Deborah Nansteel—were chosen from a field of 50 applicants. They were judged by five professionals from the opera world and the audience. Each performer was asked to present one aria and one popular song. Diamond won $2,000 and will return to his current position with the Houston Grand Opera.

"In the future, we hope (Diamond) will return for one of our shows," Meyer said.

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