November 11, 2013
Opera Creations, Deerfield Chorus and Friends are making plans to present a concert version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore on Feb. 28 and March 1 of 2014. The production will be a joint effort between professional singers, aspiring professional singers from the area, the Deerfield Chorus, and friends who might like to join us for this adventure. Sopranos Jackie Collison and Simone Vigilante will join tenor Randy Outland and Baritone, David Fields in the cast. Vance Reese will be the music director and chorus director.
Click this link for more information; HMS Pinafore
August 9, 2013
Free Breathwork Seminar for 15 Singers or Instrumentalists
August 31 & September 1 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Grace Covenant Presbyterian; 789 Merrimon Ave Asheville,
Prerequisite: The participants must have a secure pedagogical idea of singing and breathing. The seminar will consist of a 3 hour group session on Saturday and Sunday. You must attend both sessions and all three hours on each day. Bradley will be working with you on the mechanics of the breath and body through exercises that will help release old patterns of tension that block your body, limit your mind, and impede the breath. This is not a voice lesson, but tools and information for you to apply to your singing or playing. The spots available for this seminar are on a first come, first serve basis. If you are unable to reserve a spot, no worries because Bradley will be doing another seminar during the month of October. He looks forward to meeting and sharing these wonderful methods with everyone.
About Bradley Williard
Breathwork professional and singer, Bradley Williard has developed his own method for helping singers, instrumentalists, high performing business professionals, and persons living with breathing disorders connect their bodies to their voices while establishing a healthy breathing coordination. Influenced greatly by the work of F. M. Alexander, Dr. Carl Stough, and Ilse Middendorf, Bradley has studied with first generation teachers at the Middendorf Institute and with International Breath and Bodywork Practitioner, John Norris in Berlin. He has also had to honor to study with Lynn Martin of Breathing Coordination and with Ann Rodiger of Balance Arts in New York.
Bradley Williard completed his doctoral course work in Voice at the University of Kentucky in 2010. He has sung internationally and with many opera houses in the United States, including Cincinnati Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Opera, Kentucky Opera, along with many others. Bradley has also had the honor of guiding one of his students through the Metropolitan Opera National Council Semi-Finals round in New York. He earned his Master of Music from the world renowned Manhattan School of Music. During his tenure in New York, he studied voice with Ted Puffer, International Pedagogue David L. Jones, and Mark Schnaible.
Bradley Williard has currently relocated to his home state of North Carolina and is opening a breathwork practice in Asheville. He is very excited to bring these breathing methods to the southeastern region of the United States. He will be giving a three week breathwork seminar at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in September.
January 9, 2013
Don’t miss Opera Creations’ 2013 Mainstage Production!!
The Mikado, first produced in 1885, is one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most famous and enduring operettas, in which the librettist and composer poke fun at the social customs and traditions of Great Britain (or for that matter any stodgy and slightly blood-thirsty nation). Audience members may recognize the songs “A Wandering Minstrel, I,” “The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring,” “Willow, Tit-Willow,” and many more. They are certain to recognize the posturing politician, the jealous older woman, and the young couple trying to behave properly (or else they will lose their heads).
Local favorites Karen Svites, Simone Vigilante, Aaron Schnurbusch, Jonathan Ross, and Roberto Flores hold starring roles in the cast, directed by Patricia Heuermann. Newcomers to Opera Creations are David Fields, Bryant Belin, Heather Ferguson, and Ashley Renfro. Paul Templon and Vance Reese round out the musical leadership as chorus director and music director/accompanist, respectively.
Performances are open to the public with limited seating.
$28/adult and $15/students 18 and under
May 20, 2013
Join us for a night of endless laughter as the dueling sopranos reach for the highest note and the lowest form of sabatoge. Local favorites and co-founders, Karen Svites and Simone Vigilante have dueled and delighted audiences with this musical comedy for seven years. See what happens when Vance Reese as accompanist, and Timothy Wilds, as company director, get caught between the two divas.
Doors open at 6:30 at the Wysteria Event Center to enjoy hors d’oeurves from Filo! www.filopastries.com
Fresh Fruit, Baked Brie wrapped in Puff Pastry, Grougeres filled with Bechemel and Asparagus, Spanokopita, Shrimp Cocktail, Marinated Chicken Souflaki with tzatziki sauce and Opera Cake
Take a sneak preview at the Wysteria Inn and Gardens.
Only a few seats are left. Please call Jacob Lions at (828) 280-0919 to check ticket availability.
October 30, 2012
- Audition for our March 2013 production of The Mikado
- We are hosting auditions for the chorus this coming Saturday, November 17 at Grace Covenant Presbyterian (behind McDonald’s on Merrimon) from 3:30 – 4:30
- Please bring the sheet music to any art song, hymn or other classical music theater piece and an accompanist will be provided
- If you are unable to attend the audition, please let us know and we will make other arrangements for you
- All chorus members will be provided with costume and an honorarium of $100
- There will be 4 chorus rehearsals prior to staging
- Staging rehearsals will take place 2 weeks prior to the production
- Performance dates are March 1, 2 and 3 at Pingree Theater on Christ School Campus
August 18, 2012
Who: Aspiring musicians looking for growth and performance opportunities
What: Opera Scenes Workshop
Apprentices will be assigned a role in an opera scene and receive 2 hours of private coaching + 10 hours of group coaching/stage techniques and character development
When: Thursdays 7:00pm – 9:00pm September 6th – 27th
Dress Reherasal; Friday, September 28th 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Why: Empower yourself to work in a fast-paced rehearsal setting to develop skills and build your resume
Fee: $200 tuition | $10 supplies
Additional private coaching is available if needed $50/hour
Saturday, September 29 7:00pm
Montreat College; Chapel of the Prodigal
March 13, 2012
Does Your Child Love to Sing?
Just imagine if you could give him or her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to:
- Build powerful conﬁdence and self-esteem by learning to perform on stage
- Receive individual coaching under the loving tutelage of master music teachers
- Build a foundation of musical knowledge for a lifetime
Have your child join the expert teachers of Opera Creations for an exciting children’s
Youth Summer Operetta
“Emperor’s New Clothes”
July 2 – July 14
Day Camp for Middle School and High School Age
Summer Opera Camp for Elementary Age Children
“The King, The Queen and The Bee”
July 23 – August 3
Half Day Morning camp
Audition Date: Saturday, June 2 10 am at Trinity Presbyterian Church (East Asheville)
Camp Fee $295 • Scholarships Available
summer opera program. This two-week camp culminates with a fully-staged
costumed production on the last day. Register Now! (click link to register)
Register today email email@example.com
July 8, 2011
What a joyous occasion, a grand celebration
2011 Youth Operetta Summer Production, The Emperor’s New Clothes, gives aspiring performers invaluable stage experience. If your child loves to sing around the house and dreams of performing on stage, this is their chance! You will watch their confidence soar as they master their first role in this operetta adapted from the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We foster each participant’s growth by offering 30 hours of rehearsals, 6 hours of group coaching and 2 hours of private coaching. We begin each day with a physical and vocal warm-up and then forge ahead into stage techniques, singing skills and character development. This particular production teaches the young singer how to navigate through seco and accompanied recitative inside an entertaining story and supportive environment. Finally, to show off their new skills, the creator performs in full costume at the end of the week.
We have had the privilege of recognizing each child’s unique talents, encouraging them and watching them flourish. Our talented cast includes Lena Kate, Emily and Amelia as the Tailors; Jessica as the tricky Klaus Fettig; Katie as the exhausted Lady Konstanze; Emily as royal Princess Rosamonde; Jared as the overworked Johann Muller; Dave as the Emperor Leopold and Evangeline as the Lord Chancellor.
Performance is open to the public
Trinity Presbyterian Church (17 Shawnee Trail Asheville 28805) Saturday, July 30 at 11:00 am
What a joyous occasion, a grand celebration
The contest for the most stunning suit is announced
The most talented tailor wins 100 florins!
May 4, 2011
Friends and Subjects Gather Round
Pansy, Masie, Daisy and Robin gather around as best friends
Pansy, Masie, Daisy and Robin gather around as best friends
2011 Youth Operetta Summer Production, The Princess and the Pea, gives aspiring performers invaluable stage experience. If your child loves to sing around the house and dreams of performing on stage, this is their chance! You will watch their confidence soar as they master their first role in this operetta adapted from the music of Arthur Sullivan and inspired by the verse of W.S. Gilbert. We foster each participant’s growth by offering 30 hours of rehearsals, 6 hours of group coaching and 2 hours of private coaching. We begin each day with a physical and vocal warm-up and then forge ahead into stage techniques, singing skills and character development. Finally, to show off their new skills, the creator performs in full costume at the end of the week.
We have had the privilege of recognizing each child’s unique talents, encouraging them and watching them flourish. Thank you to our most recent cast for a fabulous job. We miss you and hope to see you in our next production.