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Loyola Presents Dramatic Voice Symposium and Metropolitan Opera Stars in Concert

Loyola press release - September 5, 2018

Voice students and local masters study with the stars ... and ... One night only! Metropolitan Opera Stars in Concert opera gala brings performances by stars of the operatic stage

On Saturday, Sept. 8, Loyola Presents “Metropolitan Opera Stars in Concert” bringing to Loyola performances by some of the greatest dramatic singers in opera today, including internationally renowned bass-baritone and New Orleans native Greer Grimsley. Grimsley, a 1976 opera alumnus, and stars of the operatic stage will perform one night only at Loyola in this concert open to the public. Don’t miss this spectacular event!

Beginning on Thursday, September 6, the visiting artists will be participating in a two-day Dramatic Voice Symposium, one of the only such events in the country. Designed to hone performance skills and refine techniques of young dramatic singers, as well as provide suggestions and pedagogical tips for teachers of dramatic voices, the symposium features masterclasses in which the attendees sing and receive feedback directly from the master artists. Interest sessions and Q&A opportunities allow students to learn more about the profession of singing.

“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 Metropolitan Opera Stars in Concert, Loyola Presents some of the world’s finest opera stars and demonstrates the strength of a Loyola music education.”

She added: “Loyola voice students benefit from this symposium in so many ways—these incredible artists bring their talent and their love of teaching directly to the young singers who participate and listen.”

Loyola opera alumnus and native New Orleanian Greer Grimsley is internationally recognized as an outstanding singing actor and one of the most prominent Wagnerian singers of our day.

At Metropolitan Stars in Concert, he 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 Clifton Forbis, Peter Volpe, Amy Johnson, Joseph Evans, and Tyler Smith, an extraordinary professor of voice at Loyola, they will perform a selection of opera classics accompanied by Carol Rausch, director of Loyola Opera Theatre.

The singers, together with conductor Keith Chambers and Vanessa Uzan, managing director of Uzan Artists International, will all be teaching and answering questions at this week’s dramatic voice symposium at Loyola.

The Metropolitan Stars in Concert opera gala will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 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 may be purchased online at presents.loyno.edu, by emailing tickets@loyno.edu or day of concert at the mobile ticketing windows upstairs in the Roussel Lobby, close to the new School of Music office. Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance.

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