Winter 2023 - Stuck Elevator, La Bella Notte, and Nashville Opera On Tour

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A shvilleOpera org A 23 HINT OF THE AIR! ONASHVILLE WINTER 2023 NASHVILLE OPERA PRESENTS Meetthecomposer,ByronAuYong,learnabouttheinspirationbehind thework,andfindoutallaboutitsoperacompanypremiere. STUCK ELEVATOR LITTLE RED HITS THE ROAD! TOUR SET TO VISIT RECORD 101 VENUES

STUCK ELEVATOR

FROM JOHN HOOMES

TheideaofthisproductionofStuckElevatoractuallystarted withmewaybackinspringof2006 Ourcompanywasinthe middle of rehearsals here in Nashville for a production of Puccini’sTurandot.AwonderfultenornamedJuliusAhnwas amemberofourcastandsingingtheroleofoneofthehigh priests.Duringabreak,IaskedJuliuswhatwascomingupnext forhim.Juliustoldmehewasgoingtobeworkshoppingand developing a new work called Stuck Elevator. It was a fascinatingtitle,andthemoreJuliustoldmeaboutit,themore

I was intrigued by this odd sounding music theater/opera hybrid.In2006,theideaofamusictheater/operahybridwas muchmoreofaveryunusualthing(notsomuchanymore)

Maybe

StuckElevatorwaswayaheadofitstime

The plot of the show was inspired by the true story of an undocumented immigrant named Ming Kuang Chen, a Chinese-food deliveryman, who was trapped in a Bronx elevator for a long weekend in 2005 In the show, the deliveryman (now named Guang), is a Chinese restaurant deliveryman (who speaks limited English) and is indeed trapped in an elevator for 81 hours. Because Guang is an undocumentedimmigrant,hehesitatestocallforhelp,fearing thepolicewilldiscoverhisstatusandsendhimbacktoChina. As he waits, he hopes someone will somehow discover his precarioussituation.Butafterhoursofwaiting,andthendays, Guang is forced to deal with his overpowering hunger, his over-activebladder,histhoughtsofhisfamilybackhome,and his slowly deteriorating sense of reality. It was an interesting anddifferentideaforamusictheaterpiece,andwhileitwas certainly not a traditional story, I felt the work was a fascinating and compelling creation that proves interesting ideascanoftencomeoutofthestrangestcircumstances

ThemoreIresearchedtheshow,themorethemusicalstyles that were employed stood out The musical styles covered extremely diverse territory, utilizing everything from emotional musical theater styled ballads to melodic operatic ariastohip-hopinfluencedcomicdiatribes-allinserviceto tell the show’s fascinating story. I think one of the things I liked most was the whiplash turns of the show that shifted from surreal comic fantasy to emotional and poignant reflection, to nail biting tension. I found the fantastically eclectic musical score was by turns accessible, melodic, engaging and at times operatically/vocally soaring. And the characters felt extremely relatable to anyone who has ever soughttheAmericandream Andonethingthatreallystood out–somuchoftheshowwasfunny Somanynewopera productionarebereftofanyhumor,butStuckElevator(while ultimately a serious story) reveled in the opportunity to presentthehumoroussideofapotentiallydiresituation

Ifiledtheinformationawayforfuturereference Then,afew yearsago,StuckElevatorcamebackontomyradar.

Andsoherewewillbe,intheintimacyoftheNoahLiffOpera Center, with a newly revised, more operatically flavored productionofStuckElevator.And,afteralltheseyears,tenor JuliusAhnwillbejoiningustoessaytherolehecreatedinthe originalworkshops,Guang.Afterall,Juliuskindofstartedit.

Stuck Elevator feels like the perfect Liff Center show, a beautifully musical and intensely dramatic, yet wrongly neglectedpiece,primednowtofindanewaudience

THE ANN & FRANK BUMSTEAD SEASON

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A look at
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IT BEGAN WITH A SHUDDERING HALT.

Thankfully,thestoryofthemanstuckintheelevatorcame toahappyendingafteratriptoMontefioreMedicalCenter. However, Mr. Chen's journey to that particular night, that building,andthatelevatorservesasthecodatoajourneyacross thePacificOceaninthehandsofsmugglerstowhomhe'dpaid $60,000tobringhimtotheUnitedStates.

In that respect, the story of Ming Kuang Chen is not dissimilarfromsomanyothers: thelengthsanundocumented immigrant must go to in order to survive their new life and oftenprovideforthosethey'vebeenforcedtoleavebehind. In hiscase,awifeand12-year-oldsonremainedinFuzhou,China. According to the New York Times article, Chen worked six days every week for the Happy Dragon restaurant, "making about40deliveriesadayonweekdaysandasmanyas60aday onweekends."

We'reproudtobepartneringwiththeTennesseeImmigrant &RefugeeRightsCoalition(TIRRC)forpost-showtalkback sessionsaftereachperformanceofStuckElevator. In order to properlycontextualizeandunderstandwhatitit'sliketobeMr. Chen-undocumentedintheUS,inTennessee,inNashvilleit'sourresponsibilityandprivilegeto takethisdeeperlookwith our friends at TIRRC and open a dialogue for the Nashville Operaaudiencetoseethosewhosooftenmustremainhidden

ThefrontpageoftheWednesday,April6,2005editionof the New York Times featured a below-the-fold headline that reads "3 Hungry Days For Deliveryman Stuck in Elevator" What unfolds is a harrowing tale of fear, desperation, and perseveranceunderalmostimpossiblyclaustrophobic,terrifying conditionsinthecarofanexpresselevatorstuckinashaftwith noexitdoorsforthreelevelsbeloworseventeenabove

TheChinesefooddeliveryman,MingKuangChen,leftthe Happy Dragon at 8:30 pm Friday with a small shrimp fried rice and a large curried shrimp with onion He wouldn't reappear until Tuesday morning after New York Fire DepartmentLadderCompanyNo 37loweredthefour-by-sixand-a-half-foot elevator car to ground level and freed its dehydrated occupant He expressed his gratitude and said simply,"Theelevatorbroke"

Aroundthatsametime,otherfooddeliverypersonnelhad beenheld-upatgunpoint Somewerekilledafterbeingrobbed ofthemoneythey'dcollectedfromtheirmostrecentdrop-offs Due to these extenuating circumstances, the NYPD searched door to door in the building where Mr Chen took his last delivery,andevenwentasfarassendingdivers,bloodhounds, andcadaverdogstoexplorethereservoirandparksnearby

Sincetheirfoundingin2003,TIRRChasgrownfroman informalnetworkofcommunityleadersintooneofthemost diverse and effective coalitions of its kind, a model for immigrant rights organizations in the Southeast and throughouttheUnitedStates

TIRRC is nationally recognized for multiethnic, multigenerational coalition building, effective legislative advocacy,andaward-winningcommunicationsinitiatives They organize both individual immigrant and refugees, as well as organizationsthatserveimmigrantandrefugeecommunities Their mission is to build power, amplify voices, and organize communitiestoadvocatefortheirrights TIRRC'svisionisa stronger, more inclusive Tennessee where people of all nationalities, immigration statuses, and racial identities can belongandthrive

"IthoughtIwouldneverseedaylightagain."
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Meet the composer of Stuck Elevator BYRON AU YONG

TellmethestorybehindStuckElevator'screation.Howdid thetruestorybehindtheworkcometoyourattention?

Thestoryappearedinitiallyintheformofnewspapershanded outaroundsubwaystationsinNewYorkCity.TheChinesefood deliverymanwasreportedmissing,whichwasacauseforgreat concernassomeoftheseworkersareharmed,becausetheyare undocumented,carrycash,andwon’tgotothepolice

Asthechildofimmigrants,Iholdthepromiseofopportunity frombeforeIwasborn,yetthereisalwaysfearattachedtothis promise ThestoryforStuckElevator( )questionsfreedomand theAmericanDream.

Whatwasitaboutthisstorythatspoketoyouandmadeyou tellitonstage?

WheneverIseeanAsianguyintheUSmedia,especially15years ago,Ithink:“Oh,oh,whatdidhedo?”WhenIreadinTheNew YorkTimesthathesurvivedbeingstuckinanelevatorfor81 hours,Isensedaquietheroism,whichextendedbeyondthe elevatortohisstatusintheUnitedStates

Stuck Elevator is about being trapped in many ways: from individualsgraspingforhopetothiscountrystrugglingtounite. Moreover,theguyisfromFujianProvince,wasaroundmyage, andpaidhumansmugglers$60,000U.S.dollarsforpassagetothe UnitedStatesIcouldbeinasimilarsituationifmygrandparents hadn’tleftFujianProvince.WhenIwasagradstudentatNYU,a securityguardinahighriseinmidtownManhattantookonelook atmeandsaid,“notakeoutmenus.”

WhenIheardaboutthisguy,Iwonderedabouthisthoughtsand fantasies.StuckElevatorcombinesthisimaginingwiththereality ofmydreams,myparents'hopes,andlibrettistAaronJafferis’s ideas,aswellasthemultiplepeopleweinterviewedwhoare connected to this particular immigration story The solution towardsliberationinStuckElevatoristhroughtheimagination.

Howmuchdoesasenseofbeinginbothplaceandculture factorintoyourwork?Didyougrowupinamusicalfamily?

Mymomlovestheartsandmusic,andisfondofsingingShewas anRNwhoworkednights.Mydadjokedthathecouldn’tsing, buthiseldestbrotherlovedmusicandwouldwriteoperaticskits formycousinstoperformattheChineseBaptistChurch.My grandfather,whoplayeddrumswhenhewasyounger,would bangonthepiano.Ifanything,thevariousmusicmakingIwas exposedtofrommyfamilywascomicandterrifyingwhenIwas young,andnowservesasinspirationforhowcultureclashescan cometogetherinmusic

Hereandnow,inearly2023,whatdoesStuckElevatorhave totellusthatitdidn'tatitscreationtenyearsago?

What’sfascinatingaboutrevisitingStuckElevatorin2023,isthat feelingsofbeingtrappedseemmoreurgent Theisolation,grief, andpossibilitiespromptedbyCOVID-19shelter-in-placeorders andtheanti-racismprotestsaroundthecountryhavebecome shared experiences that relate to Guang. For many people, especially my students who suffer from anxiety, pandemic learningwasarefuge,ratherthanaprison.Aswereturntolive performances,Ihopethattheattentiontocareandconnection witheachotherandtheworldthatwasawakened,willcontinue. Rememberthepotsclangingatacertainhourtosupportessential workers?OneofthediscoveriesofStuckElevatoriswhenGuang sings:“Iamhungerinthestomachofthebuilding”Wewillall continuetobetrappedandhungry,ifwecontinuetoignorewhat makesthiscountrystuck

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P h o t o s o f B y r o n A u Y o n g b y G a k u S h i o m a , 2 0 2 2 Read the full interview at NashvilleOpera.org/ StuckElevator

the cast

Julius Ahn

Voice: Tenor

Role: Guang

Past Nashville Opera Engagements: Madame Butterfly (2012)

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Dream Role (no matter what): Mao in John Adams' Nixon in China

Joseph Lim

Voice: Baritone

Role: Wang Yue and others

Past Nashville Opera Engagements: Company Debut

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Dream Role (no matter what): Rodrigo in Verdi's Don Carlo

Ivy Zhou

Voice: Soprano

Role: Ming and others

Past Nashville Opera Engagements: Mary Ragland Emerging Artist, Rigoletto Noir (2022)

Hometown: Rockville, MD

Dream Role (no matter what): Baby Doe in Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe

Luis Orozco

Voice: Baritone

Role: Marco and others

Past Nashville Opera Engagements: Maria de Buenos Aires (2017), La Bohème (2022)

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Dream Role (no matter what): Enrico in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

Paul Chwe MinChul An

Voice: Baritone

Role: Zhong Yi and others

Past Nashville Opera Engagements: Madame Butterfly (2012), La Bohème (2014)

Hometown: New York, New York

Dream Role (no matter what): Alexandra in Meredith Monk's Atlas

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FRIENDS OF NASHVILLE OPERA'S

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TheFriendsofNashvilleOperainviteyoutojointhem for La Bella Notte 2023, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 6:30 PM in the Grand Hyatt Nashville'sSummitBallroom

Thisyear'sblack-tiegalaleadsusintothegardenofthe comingspringtimewiththethemeLAPRIMAVERA

ChairsSharonandToddSandahlhaveenvisionedan evening filled with the heady romance of blooming flowers,walksdownlush pathsforastolenkiss,and thefaintechoesofasweetly-sungariabetweenlovers

HONORINGTHEMARLERS

The2023FrancisRobinsonandMarionCouchAward willbepresentedtoLinda&JimMarlerinrecognition oftheiryearsoftirelessworkinsupportoftheFriends ofNashvilleOpera

LindaandJimmovedtoNashvillein2012toretire. TheyareoriginallyfromHobart,INandhavelivedin thePhiladelphia,SanFranciscoandWashingtonDC areasduringtheircareers.

Linda became active in “Hospitality support” for lunchesfortheoperasingersduringrehearsals.Forthe lastfewyearsLindahasbeentheMembershipVPand hasbeenveryproactiveinincreasingandmaintaining membership.

In2014JimwasaskedbyMorelEnochtobethe WineAmbassadortoleadtheselectionofwines forthe2015LaBellaNotteandhascontinuedin thatrolesincethen

HIGHLIGHTS

The 2023 Mary Ragland Emerging Artists (MREAs),whomyoucanreadmoreabouton pages10and11,willbeonhandtosharetheir amazingvoicesasthecenterpieceoftheevening's entertainment Theseyoungtalentsalsoserveas thecastofNashvilleOperaonTour,andboth theirprogramandthetourarefundedinpartby LaBellaNotte (KeepaneyeoutfortheminThe PiratesofPenzance,too!)

The2023Tourwillreachmoreschoolsthanever beforeand,forthefirsttime,willbefreeofcharge toalltheschools.

RESERVATIONS

TheonlineLBNAuction,chairedbyMilton White,willopenonJanuary26andconclude February4 TheLBNPatronParty,chairedby CynthiaandElliottHimmelfarb,willtakeplace January28attheirresidence.

PleasemakeyourreservationsforLaBellaNotte priortoJanuary27.YoumayphonetheOperaat 6158325242orbookonlineatLaBellaNotteorg

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THE 2023 LA BELLA NOTTE CHAIRS

Thisyear'sLaBellaNottechairs,SharonandToddSandahl,havecementedtheirpositionasfixturesinNashville’sphilanthropiccommunity LBN'23is theirlatestgalachairmanshiptobeaddedtoaveryimpressivelist Overtheyears,oneorbothhaveservedasCo-Chairforthe2016NashvilleBalletBall, ChairoftheRichland/WestEndNeighborhoodHomeTour,Co-ChairofBelmontMansion'sChristmasGalaeventsandDuelingCocktails,AuctionCoChair of the Nashville Symphony Unexpected Ball, Co-Chair of Cheekwood’s Swan Ball Swan Sale and Swan Song, and volunteered for Friends of VanderbiltChildren’sHospital.

BothgraduatesoftheUniversityofMississippi,theyputdownrootsinNashvilleeighteenyearsbackandlovelivingherealongwiththeirthreechildren William,theireldest,attendscollegeatElonUniversity,CharlesattendsMontgomeryBellAcademy,andFrancesattendsHarpethHall But,nomatter what,it’sEvatheGoldenDoodlewhorulesthehome

Professionally,Todd’slawpracticefocusesonmattersofdomesticrelations,criminaldefense,civilandcommerciallitigationandprobatematters.Sharonis apracticingcompoundingpharmacistand,since2012,shehasownedherownbusiness,HighCottonFloral YoucanbesurethattheflowersforLa Primaveraaregoingtobebreathtaking! ThecouplemaintainslicensureinbothTennesseeandMississippi,whereToddnevermindsanescapebackto OxfordduringOleMissfootballseason

SharonhasservedastheJudges'CoordinatorfortheMissMusicCityandMissCapitalCitypageantsformanyyears ShewasawardedtheMissTennessee (MissAmerica)Children'sMiracleNetworkVolunteeroftheYearawardin2014. AnactiveChiOmegaalumna,SharonhasservedasaRegionalAlumnae Director,NashvilleAlumnaeChapterPresident,andanadvisorfortheChiOmegaChapteratVanderbiltUniversity.ShewasrecognizedbytheNashville ChiOmegaNashvilleAlumnaeChapterastheirGreekWomanoftheYearin2005

We'resohappytohaveSharonandToddaspartoftheNashvilleOperafamilyandthankthemfortheirtremendoushelpinmakingLaBellaNotte2023an eveningtorememberformanyyearstocome

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LITTLE RED HITS THE ROAD IN '23! ONTOUR 2023

Hannah Marcoe, Nashville Opera's Education & EngagementManager,isthrilledwithhowquickly alloftheavailableperformanceslotsfor2023were

Overtheriverandthroughthewoods,tograndmother'shousewe go! Or, more accurately, to 100-plus schools, libraries, and museums in the span of the nine-week Nashville Opera Education Tour that kicks off on January 31. This recordsmashingsetofdatesmarksthefirsttimethetouriscompletely free of charge to all participating schools and features John Davies'LittleRed'sMostUnusualDay,theworkwhichwascut shortby2020'sabbreviatedtour. And,forthefirsttime,Opera onTouriscompletelyfreetoallschools!

StartingonJanuary31,thecast,comprisedofthe2023Mary Ragland Emerging Artists, hits the road for a nine-wee that spans Middle Tennessee from top to bottom and side. Alongtheway,thousandsofstudents,parents,teach andcommunitymemberswillhavethepleasureofexperi thisexuberantreframingoftheLittleRedRidingHood complete with Forest Ranger Dudley caring for his b woodsbysingingarousingadaptationofTheBarberof Seville's"Largoalfactotum."

filled "We're excited to be visiting so many of our previous OperaonTourpartnersandtoaddnewvenuestotheroutefor thisrecord-breakingtour,"Marcoeadded

InadditiontoLittleRed,OperaOutLoudwillbepartofthe 2023tour,providingaperfectprogramforolderstudentsand community venues If you flip to Page 14 of the magazine, you'll find a schedule of all public performances (Note: dependingonvenue,somedateswillincuranadmissioncharge, eveniftheperformanceitselfisfree)

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PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

Akiva School

Alex Green Eementary

Algood Elementary

Apollo Middle School

Austin Peay State University

Avery Trace Middle Schoo

Barksdale Elementary

Beech Elementary

Belmont University

Bethpage Elementary

Charlotte Elementary

Clyde Riggs Elementary

Cockrill Elementary

Cottage Cove Urban Ministries

Cowan Elementary

Cumberland Heights Elementary

Currey Ingram Academy

Ensworth School

Explore! Community School

Forks River Elementary

Gainesboro Elementary

Gateway Elementary

Gladeville Elementary

Granbery Elementary

Greenbrier Elementary

Hardng Academy

Harpeth Valley Eementary

Hendersonville High School

Henry C Maxwell Elementary

Immacuate Conception School

Isaac Litton Middle School

IT Creswell Middle School

JE Moss Elementary

Kenwood Elementary

Krisle Elementary

Lakeside Park Elementary

Linden Waldorf School

Lipscomb University

McFadden School of Excellence

McGavock Elementary

Montgomery Central High School

Moore Magnet Elementary

Murrell School

Napier Elementary

Norman Binkley Elementary

North Stewart Elementary

Northeast Eementary

Northfield Elementary

Park Avenue Elementary

Pine View Elementary

Pleasant View Elementary G

Portland Gateview Elementary

Reeves-Rogers Elementary

Rock Creek Elementary

Rose Park Middle School

Shwab Eementary

Sewanee Elementary

Southside Elementary

St Bernard Academy

St Matthew School

United Christian Academy

University of the South

Walnut Grove Elementary

Walton Ferry Elementary

West Elementary

Westmoreland Elementary

Westmeade Elementary

White Bluff Elementary

Winstead Elementary

White House Heritage Elementary

STEAM Expedition Schools

Alex Green Elementary

Amqui Eementary

Carter-Lawrence Elementary

Chadwell Elementary

Cockrll Eementary

Cumberland Elementary

Dodson Elementary

Dupont Elementary

Eagle View Elementary

Gateway Elementary

Gencliff Elementary

Hattie Cotton Elementary

Hermitage Elementary

Ida B Wels Elementary

Inglewood Elementary

Pennington Eementary

Rosebank Elementary

Tom Joy Elementary

Warner Elementary

Whitsitt Elementary

COMMUNITY VENUES

Adventure Science Center

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

Grl Scouts of Middle TN

Hendersonvile Public Library

John P Holt Brentwood Library

NPL, Edmondson Pike Branch

NPL, North Branch

The Parthenon

Tennessee State Museum C

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MARY CORTNER RAGLAND FOUNDATION

MEET THE 2023 Mary Ragland Emerging Artists

Naomi Brigell

Voice: Mezzo-Soprano

Hometown: Belmont, Massachusetts

Musical Studies: BM in Vocal Performance - Boston University; MM in Vocal Performance - University of Houston

Upcoming with Nashville Opera: Mrs Hood / Granny in Little Red's Most Unusual Day

Edith in The Pirates of Penzance

Fun Fact: Has a three-legged cat named Champion

Alysha Nesbitt

Voice: Soprano

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Musical Studies: BA in Integrated Marketing Communications - Tennessee State University

Upcoming with Nashville Opera: Little Red in Little Red's Most Unusual Day

Kate in The Pirates of Penzance

Fun Fact: Speaks American Sign Language

Brandan Sanchez

Voice: Baritone

Hometown: Gilroy, California

Musical Studies: BM in Vocal Performance - San Jose State University; MM in Vocal Performance - Indiana University

Upcoming with Nashville Opera: Mr. Bigbad in Little Red's Most Unusual Day

Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance

Fun Fact: Grew up in “The Garlic Capitol of the World." ("Do I like garlic? Yes, I LOVE garlic!")

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Since 1996, Nashville Opera has sent an education tour to Middle Tennessee schools and has sustained an emerging artists program. Named for Nashville Opera founder, Mary Cortner Ragland, the young artists serve as both the cast for Nashville Opera On Tour and will perform roles in the spring mainstage production of The Pirates of Penzance!

Gregory Sliskovich

Voice: Tenor

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Musical Studies: BM in Vocal Performance - UCLA; MM in Vocal Performance - New England Conservatory

Upcoming with Nashville Opera: Forest Ranger Dudley in Little Red's Most Unusual Day Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance

Fun Fact: Has been singing opera since he was 10 years old.

Mary Cortner Ragland

If you ' ve ever attended a meeting in the Noah Liff Opera Center's Frist Board Room, you ' ve no doubt noticed the framed painting at the head of the room of Mary Cortner Ragland, who tirelessly devoted herself to establishing Nashville Opera and its Emerging Artists Program

Almost single-handedly, Mary Ragland brought opera to our community through her extraordinary efforts as founder and first president of Nashville Opera Association With degrees from the Newcomb and Juilliard Schools of Music, a professional career as a soprano, and membership on both the Board and National Council of the Metropolitan Opera, Mary’s dream is being realized as the Nashville Opera is one of the fastest growing opera companies in the United States

Mary, who died in 1999, left a bequest from her estate to ensure the future of the Mary Ragland Emerging Artists Program, now in its 22nd year To date, more than 100 upcoming artists have been provided with performance and audition opportunities

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MEET THE

22.23 HBCU

Launched in 2020, Nashville Opera’s HBCU Fellowship Program works with longtime partner Tennessee State University along with Fisk University to present masterclasses and roundtables intended to provide access, promote inclusion, and expand career pathways for developing African-American artists. Nashville Opera received an Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as an Innovation Grant from Opera America and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation to support this enhanced partnership.

Nashville Opera Fellows from TSU and Fisk coach with some of the most respected Black artists in the United States. Patrick Dailey and Gwendolyn Brown serve as project managers for the program and work Nashville Opera's Hannah Marcoe to ensure an amazing experience for all of the students.

EREN BROOKS

Fisk University, Class of 2023

Major: Music (Voice concentration)

Voice: Mezzo-Soprano

Hometown: Jackson, Tennessee

HARLQUINE CLAY

Fisk University, Class of 2023

Major: Music Education

Voice: Soprano

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

ALANNA DENISE

Tennessee State University, Class of 2024

Major: Business Marketing

Voice: Soprano

Hometown: Cordova, Tennessee

ASHUR HAILEY

Tennessee State University, Class of 2022

Major: Commercial Voice

Voice: Soprano

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

TRINITY PALMS

Tennessee State University, Class of 2023

Major: Liberal Arts

Voice: Mezzo-Soprano

Hometown: Madison, Tennessee

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FELLOWSHIP COHORT

PROGRAM

FACILITATORS

GWENDOLYN BROWN

Assistant Professor of Music and Voice, Fisk University

PATRICK DAILEY

Adjunct Professor of Voice, Tennessee State University

HANNAH MARCOE

Education & Engagement Manager

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DATES OF NOTE

JANUARY

SAT, JAN 7 METROPOLITAN OPERA

LAFFONT COMPETITION

11 AM, Natalie L Haslam Music Center University of Tennessee Knoxville

FRI, JAN 20

STUCK ELEVATOR

8 PM, Noah Liff Opera Center

SAT, JAN 21 STUCK ELEVATOR

8 PM, Noah Liff Opera Center

SUN, JAN 22 STUCK ELEVATOR

3 PM, Noah Liff Opera Center

SAT, JAN 28 LA BELLA NOTTE PATRON PARTY

Hosted by Friends of Nashville Opera

6 PM, at the home of Cynthia and Elliott Himmelfarb

RSVP at LaBellaNotte org

MON, JAN 30 SNEAK PREVIEW

LITTLE RED'S MOST UNUSUAL DAY

3:30 PM, Noah Liff Opera Center

FEBRUARY

SAT, FEB 4 LA BELLA NOTTE

Hosted by Friends of Nashville Opera

6:30 PM, Grand Hyatt Nashville

RSVP at LaBellaNotte org

SAT, FEB 18

LITTLE RED'S MOST UNUSUAL DAY

10:30 AM, Nashville Public Library, Edmonson Pike Branch

SAT, FEB 18

OPERA OUT LOUD

2:00 PM, The Parthenon

*Free performance with admission

MARCH

SAT, MAR 4 LITTLE RED'S MOST UNUSUAL DAY

10:00 AM, Williamson County Public Library, Main Branch

SAT, MAR 4 LITTLE RED'S MOST UNUSUAL DAY

2:00 PM, Adventure Science Center

*Free performance with admission

**SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE

SAT, MAR 11 LITTLE RED'S MOST UNUSUAL DAY

2:00 PM, The John P Holt Brentwood Library

TUE, MAR 14 HELEN BROWN MEMORIAL MASTERCLASS with JASON

FERRANTE

2:00 PM, Noah Liff Opera Center

SAT, MAR 18

LITTLE RED'S MOST UNUSUAL DAY

11:00 AM, Nashville Public Library North Branch

SAT, MAR 18 LITTLE RED'S MOST UNUSUAL DAY

3:00 PM, Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

*Free performance with admission

TUE, MAR 21 OPERA OUT LOUD

4:00 PM, The University of the South

SAT, MAR 25

LITTLE RED'S MOST UNUSUAL DAY

10:30 AM, Hendersonville Public Library

SAT, MAR 25 LITTLE RED'S MOST UNUSUAL DAY

2:00 PM, Tennessee State Musuem

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Just like many of my colleagues, the path in this career has not been the straightest nor the smoothest. Most of us in this profession learn how to eat No’s for breakfast, and we learn how to keep going in the face of hardship without letting it define us as artists and people. For me the idea of singing bravely is simply continuing to sing throughout it all. The belief that what I have to share as an artist is of value, and letting that belief keep me going through the highs and lows of being a freelance opera singer has been key

I consider myself a storyteller and a lover of music. It has taken me some time to understand that I am much more than just an artist. I am first and foremost a human being, and there is so much more to me than what I love to do. This has been liberating, and it has given me the boldness to not give up, to be a fearless storyteller, and to actually enjoy the ride.

We never know how much time we have with this beautiful gift of music. The bravest thing I can do is to enjoy every second of it.

Luis Orozco, Baritone SING

BRAVELY.

THE HIGH NOTES

STUCK ELEVATOR

Noah Liff Opera Center

January 20-22

LA BELLA NOTTE

Grand Hyatt Nashville

February 4

LBN ONLINE AUCTION

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