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Loyola Presents Loyola Meets The Met

Loyola press release - September 15, 2017

One night only! Opera gala brings performances by stars of the operatic stage: Greer Grimsley, Luretta Bybee, Brenda Harris, Melanie Helton, and Tyler Smith

Loyola Presents an unprecedented evening of vocal fireworks next Saturday with Loyola Meets the Met, an evening of powerhouse performances by some of the greatest dramatic singers in opera today. Stars of the operatic stage, such as Greer Grimsley, Luretta Bybee, Brenda Harris, and Melanie Helton will perform one night only. This event, an opera gala presented by Loyola University New Orleans’ acclaimed School of Music, will kick off the Loyola opera season. The visiting stars will also offer a three-day Dramatic Voice Symposium at Loyola designed to introduce opera students and aspiring teachers and local stars to new skills and techniques.

“For decades, Loyola University New Orleans has been a mainstay in the New Orleans opera scene, launching graduates to outstanding careers around the world,” said Dr. Meg Frazier, Rita O. Huntsinger Distinguished Professor of Music and director of Loyola’s award-winning School of Music. “With Loyola Meets the Met, Loyola Presents some of the world’s finest opera stars and demonstrates the strength of a Loyola music education.”

She added: “Loyola opera students and aspiring dramatic singers and voice teachers from around the region will develop new skills and techniques learning and performing side by side with these incredible stars during our three-day Dramatic Voice Symposium.”

Loyola opera alumnus Greer Grimsley ‘76 is internationally recognized as an outstanding vocal actor and one of the most prominent Wagnerian singers of our day. Continuing his reign as a leading interpreter of the god Wotan, Grimsley sang the eminent role for The Metropolitan Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in Robert Lepage’s landmark production, directly followed by Stephen Wadsworth’s production for Seattle Opera, his 3rd complete Cycle for the company in the last decade.

A native New Orleanian, bass baritone Greer Grimsley has had an active international career for the last three decades. He has sung leading roles with all of America’s leading opera companies, including The Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Seattle Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Gran Teatra del Liceu of Barcelona, and the Houston Grand Opera, where he made his professional opera debut in 1980. He has also performed on the stages of many important European opera houses.

At Loyola Meets the Met, Grimsley will be singing alongside his wife, international opera star Luretta Bybee, an equally acclaimed mezzo-soprano who joined the Loyola University New Orleans School of Music faculty in May 2014 as Associate Professor of Voice. Together with renowned opera stars Brenda Harris, Melanie Helton, and Tyler Smith, an extraordinary professor of voice at Loyola, they will perform a selection of opera classics, accompanied by Keith Chambers and Carol Rausch, director of the Loyola Opera Theatre.

Loyola Meets the Met opera gala will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 in Louis J. Roussel Hall at Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Free parking is available in Loyola’s West Road parking garage. Tickets range from $20-$60 and may be purchased online at presents.loyno.edu, by emailing tickets@loyno.edu or by calling the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074. Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance.

Master class and lectures: The opera stars will also offer a three-day Dramatic Voice Symposium at Loyola that is designed to help young dramatic singers with their unique needs, including vocal technique, coaching, acting, career development, repertoire, and vocal health. The symposium, which runs Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 21-23, 2017 at Loyola will also present a wealth of information for teachers of voice who wish to learn more about how to develop and foster young dramatic voices within their own studios. Click here to register or for more information.

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