Sunday, August 29, 2021
Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross, CA
The 66th Annual Sal Reina Opera Outing was, by all reports, “perfect”! Over 90 people, members and their guests, enjoyed the beautiful weather, not too hot, not to cool, and were comfortable and happy under the wide-spreading umbrellas. The food was excellent, prepared by Debbie Ghiringhelli Catering. Tasty and delightful hors d’oeuvres were passed during reception, and at 1 pm, everyone sat down to the tables replete with bread, wine, antipasti and salad to watch the performance. Afterwards, all were invited to partake in a huge buffet with lots of choices for everyone. Dessert included large trays of assorted cookies and biscotti, so that we could dunk them in wine just as in Italy!
Tenor Dane Suarez, hailed as “a vocal tour de force of surpassing splendor,” and lauded for his “big, heroic voice” and “powerful emotions” has developed an exciting and varied career. He was a Met Semifinalist and OSJ resident, and has performed at the Kennedy Center, New York City Opera, West Bay Opera, Memphis Symphony Orchesta and Baltimore Concert Opera among many other venues. He has performed roles such as Macduff in Macbeth, Rodolfo in La bohème, Fenton in Falstaff, the First Armored Man in The Magic Flute, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and many more. He is a skilled concert performer and recitalist widely recognized and awarded by multiple organizations.
(See his full story here: www.danesuarez.com)
Pianist Kevin Korth, praised by Gramophone for playing that is “superb”, and “full of color and character,” his debut album, Out of the Shadows, is a recording of American art song with soprano Lisa Delan and cellist Matt Haimovitz. Known as an interpreter of contemporary work, the album features premieres by Jack Perla, Gordon Getty, and David Garner. He has collaborated with many legendary artists such as Frederica von Stade, Isabel Leonard, Jake Heggie, Suzanne Mentzer—to name only a few). Recent projects include an album of Robinson Jeffers settings by composer Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli with mezzo-soprano Buffy Baggott for the Delos label, and an album of songs by composer David Conte for the Arsis label.
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