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he Asheville Lyric Opera (ALO) is pleased to announce its 14th season for 20122013 which will feature three mainstage events and additional supporting programs throughout Western North Carolina.

PRODUCTIONS La Traviata

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DAVID CRAIG STARKEY

Sound of Music. As a vocal coach and accompanist for the ALO, Mr. Reese has a wealth of experience teaching, performing, and conducting.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITY On March 2, 2013, YMI Cultural Center will host a Lecture Master Class with Lawrence Brownlee followed by a private dinner. The lecture will be open to local area youth. For more information contact the opera office, (828)

October 5 & 6, 2012 – 8 p.m. La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, an audience favorite, featuring the debut of Scott Schoonover, conducLawrence Brownlee tor for Union Avenue Opera of St. Louis. Jon Truitt, acclaimed director of last season’s 236-0670. Madame Butterfly Butterfly, returns to direct this ALO offers season subscriptions with powerful new production set in early 18th discounts. Subscriptions are currently on century Paris. This tale of love transcending sale through the opera office. In addition the constraints of social class speaks directly to providing discounts, subscriptions allow to the heart. patrons to choose their seats for the entire season with the option of renewing the folLawrence Brownlee lowing season. Individual ticket prices for La in Recital Traviata, Lawrence Brownlee in Recital and Tosca range from $30 – $53. (Preview dress March 3, 2013 – 4 p.m. rehearsal tickets are available for student and senior citizen groups for La Traviata and Lawrence Brownlee is one of the most Tosca.) Student rates are available for all consistently sought-after artists on the inproductions. ternational scene. He is lauded continually In addition to ALO’s three main stage for the beauty of his voice, his seemingly events, the ALO continues to sponsor and effortless technical agility, and his dynamic support the Metropolitan Opera Live in and engaging dramatic skills. We are honHD movie broadcasts, shown at the The ored to bring Mr. Brownlee to the Diana Carolina (Cinema) on Hendersonville Wortham Theatre stage. Road. Highlighting its season are the Met’s new productions of Donizetti’s L’Elisir Tosca d’Armore, Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera,, & Rigoletto, and Wagner’s Parsifal. April 12 & 13, 2012 – 8 p.m. For information on season subscripTosca by Giacomo Puccini, makes its ALO tions, dress rehearsal tickets, auditions, or debut at the Diana Wortham Theatre. Feato request a season brochure, call (828) tured singers include Stephen Mark Brown 236-0670 or visit www.ashevillelyric.org. and Kathy Pyeatt. Conductor Dan Alcott Single tickets are sold solely through Diana returns as maestro for this production. Wortham Theatre box office at (828) 257Long overdue, director David Carl Toulson 4530, or www.dwtheatre.com beginning returns to sculpt an intimate, yet imaginative September 6, 2012. take on this new production.

DEBUTS AND STAFF CHANGES The 2012-2013 season features the debut of conductor Scott Schoonover. Mr. Schoonover is best known for founding Union Avenue Opera in 1994. He has lead UAO to critical acclaim for the past 18 years in over 50 productions and 150 performances. Mr. Schoonover will conduct La Traviata. ALO also welcomes new Chorus Master, Vance Reese. Recently, Mr. Reese conducted the spring production of the

HISTORY Founded in 1999, the Asheville Lyric Opera is Asheville’s first opera company. It is recognized for its excellent artistic productions of operatic repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences, featuring world-class operatic talent performing fresh, new productions. The ALO has been recognized by the state of North Carolina for its educational programs through project grant support and

for regional touring of its shows. These programs strive to bring opera to thousands of school-aged children each year throughout Western North Carolina. The ALO is also a leading touring opera company throughout the eastern part of the United States, endeavoring to bring this fine art form to smaller communities in the Southeast. IF YOU For more information, or to GO purchase season tickets, call (828)

236-0670 or visit the website at www.ashevillelyric.org.

Spectra September 6-8 An evening of dance theatre featuring local female movement artPhoto: Arnold Wengrow ists spanning styles and generations.

IF YOU GO: Thursday through

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at the Magnetic Field, 372 Depot Street in Asheville’s River Arts District. Tickets $15. (828) 257-4003, www.magneticfield.com

Vol. 16, No. 1 — RAPID RIVER ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE — September 2012 7

September 2012 issue  

Magnetic Theatre-MILF..p3; NC Stage-R. Buckminster Fuller..p6; Asheville Lyric Opera-La Traviata..p4; Asheville Area Piano Forum..p6; Ashevi...

September 2012 issue  

Magnetic Theatre-MILF..p3; NC Stage-R. Buckminster Fuller..p6; Asheville Lyric Opera-La Traviata..p4; Asheville Area Piano Forum..p6; Ashevi...

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