June 30, 2005

Welcome America - Opera on the Square

Philadelphia is the place to be during the week of July 4th celebration. Welcome America is a massive production that is sure to bring the mayor John F. Street to all the events.

One of the finest events is Opera on the Square, performed by current students and alumni of the Academy of Vocal Arts. I say it proudly since all of them were my students at AVA (map), at one time or another. And as the mayor predicted in his speech to the audience, they entertained in “high fashion.”

Then, there is the six degrees of separation. More like one. Read on.

The show must go on. The skies were ominous. It was threatening to rain. Yet, people packed the Rittenhouse Square (map). Pictured left to right are soprano Latonia Moore, soprano Cristina Nassif, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Hsiung, tenor Stephen Costello, and missing in the photo baritone, Yungbae Yang.

Susan Anders Brizick, a member, was one of the performers on stage. As I tried to get her attention, the back stage area began to flood with fans. Oh well, Susan, I will say hello by email.

Next season, Cristina Nassif will appear in La Traviata with Virginia Opera. Here is Cristina with her little fans Rachel and Gabrielle.

Stay tuned. The party isn’t over yet.


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