Vocal Competition update

Preliminary rounds for all levels of the Annual Voice competition have ended. We had many fantastic singers, and are thrilled to see the turnout this year. Semi-finalists will soon be notified and will compete this weekend at the Kimball Street Theatre.

The public is welcome to watch the competition, admission is $10 for the semi-finals. The final round will take plave June 27 (1p)& 28 (2p) at the Professional Building 164 Division Street in Elgin. Reservations are required for the final round. The finals will be a wonderful performance, and finalists will be integral in the upcoming Community Outreach Music Festival throughout July.


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Vocal Competition and Community Outreach Music Festival

Love & Fairy Tales was a delightful success1  Thanks to all who attended, and sorry it has taken me so long to update.

The Vocal Competition signup deadline approaches, and there is still room for competitors of all ages.  Finalists get to participate in the exciting Community Outreach Music Festival this summer- see below for a sneak peek at what participants will get to do, plus the full details of the competition!

Elgin OPERA announces its Third Annual Vocal Competition with cash awards and scholarships to Elgin OPERA’s First Community Outreach Music Festival.  Finalists in the competition and participants in the Music Festival will sing at recitals and concerts during the month of July and will prepare and perform opera scenes under the direction of Mark James Meier, participate in Master Classes with Maestro Giulio Favario (former Associate Conductor and Chorus Master at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and former Principal Coach at the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists) and Philip Morehead (Pianist and Conductor,  Head of Music Staff of Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists and former Chorus Master). The Festival will be held in June & July at the Kimball Street Theatre located in the new Rider Center on the campus of Elgin Academy.

Four age divisions are set as follows:

Division I – Twinkle Little Star – 12 years old and under

Division II – Teen Artist – 13 – 18 years old

Division III – Young Artist – 19 – 26 years old

Division IV – Emerging Artist – 27 years old and over

Cash awards for Division I range from $100 to $200

Cash awards for all other divisions range from $100 to $500.

Preliminary Round and Semi-Finals will be held on June 6, 7, 13, & 14 at the Kimball Street Theatre at the corner of Kimball Street and Dundee Avenue, on the campus of Elgin Academy.

Preliminary round for Division I & II will be held on Saturday, June 6th in the afternoon.

Preliminary round for Division II & IV will be held on Sunday, June 7th in the afternoon.

Semi-Finals for Division I & II will be held on Saturday, June 13th in the afternoon.

Semi-Finals for Division III & IV will be held on Sunday, June 14th in the afternoon.

Finals will be held at the Professional Building, 164 Division Street in Elgin on June 27 & 28.

Division I & II will be held on Saturday, June 27th in the afternoon.

Division III & IV will be held on Sunday, June 28th in the afternoon.

Deadline to register is set for June 1, 2009.  Brochure and registration form can be downloaded from Elgin OPERA’s website at www.elginopera.org.  For more information contact Elgin OPERA at 847-695-5014 or via email at office@elginopera.org.

This event is made possible by the Palmer Foundation, Elgin Academy, the Illinois Arts Council, the Grand Victoria Foundation, Barbara and Barre Seid Foundation, E3 Design Group, the City of Elgin, the board and Opera Guild of Elgin OPERA, and Elgin OPERA’s generous sponsors.

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The show is this weekend!

Love & Fairy Tales is coming your way May 1, 2 & 3. 8p performances Friday and Saturday and a 3pm matinee on Sunday. Shows are in the Kimball Street Theatre, located in the Rider Center @ Elgin Academy.

The show is coming together wonderfully, with a few hiccups during the dress rehearsals, of course. All of which should be ironed out now.

Tickets are still available for all performances, so we hope that you will join us for a fabulous night of fun and delight.

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We have eine glockenspiel!  And a Thunder tube…aka really awesome way to make the thunder sounds without using a canned sound effect.

And I have all the base materials I should need for making my totally awesome mouth padlock.  Protracter, check. Empty GameboyDS box, check. Silver/grey fabric, check.  Pacifier, check.  Assuming I still have epoxy at home, I will make it tonight.  If I do not have epoxy, perhaps I have another suitable glue, perhaps of the gorilla variety, and then I get to rock the padlock.  Perhaps I should listen to Jailhouse rock for inspiration?

We also have a flautist to play the flute solo sections.  Remarkable how things come together.

Costumes should come together soon, I haven’t gotten to see things yet as it was raining all day and satin dresses were on the top of the pile in the trunk of our awesome costumers car.  So now hopefully the Papageno/Papagena costumes will go visit her (currently in my trunk- I got a car btw, a shiny 06 corolla)

We are ever so busy but ever so happy!

Excitingly we are working with our marketing consultant Suzanne to develop a really truly marketing plan and develop a long range planning for the organization.  It is a little bit of a labor pain for all of us, but incredibly exciting, and will bring many opportunities to the forefront.

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Pan pipes

Have you ever tried looking for a pan pipe in the right key with only the correct 5 notes for Papageno to play?  Neither have I until today.  All I have to say is thank goodness the Glockenspiel does not have to be as precise.

Fledermaus rehearsal tonight and thurs, Magic Flute Fri & Sat, Fledermaus again Sunday and then we are in tech.  Whew!  I’m exhausted just thinking about it

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Staging this week

Tickets are already selling quite nicely for the May program.

Personally I have felt a little nuts this week, as I am attempting to replace my car (which gave up on life last week) while managing all the prep for the show.  Needless to say it has reminded me of why I am not fond of car shopping!  The delights of the show nicely offset that annoyance!

We are staging this week!  We modified the theatre setup to a nice thrust stage option that should be well suited for our pieces.  It will be some time before we rehearse in the full setup, but I am highly optimistic about the adaptability of our talented performers.

Costuming is also in full swing this week, as we rock the house to find the best possible options for all our fabulous characters…and also bring the big snake to the opera office.  Lots of work to go on props as well. All signs point toward an amazing show

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Newsletter & Facebook

We have mailed our newsletter, and I thought I would try to get that in hereSpring 2009 Newsletter I am getting much more adept at including files in the blog.  I am proud of myself, and hope that these additions are as beneficial to our readers/followers as they are fun to include.

This is Holy Week which means there are no rehearsals for the May program- since barely any of the singers would be able to come because of church gigs.  We hit the ground running again next week- with Stagin rehearsals Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun.  Quite exciting!

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