HMS Pinafore

November 11, 2013


Opera Creations, Deerfield Chorus and Friends presented a concert version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore on Feb. 28 and March 1 of 2014.  The production was a joint effort between professional singers, aspiring professional singers from the area, the Deerfield Chorus, and friends.  Sopranos Jackie Collison and Simone Vigilante appeared with tenor Randy Outland and baritone David Fields in the cast.  Vance Reese held the reins as the music director and chorus director in this successful and well received production.

Free Breathwork Seminar

August 9, 2013

Bradley Williard

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.
Registration: Email to reserve your spot or send inquiries
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.

Opera Creations

July 29, 2013

The Dueling Sopranos

For Special Events and Guest Appearances please contact us!

The Mikado

January 9, 2013

The Mikado

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

  • Tickets available at the door with cash or check only

The Dueling Sopranos

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! 

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.

Opera Creations March Events

March 13, 2012

Timothy Wilds, Karen Svites, Simone Vigilante and Vance Reese

Asheville Symphony Chorus Benefit, With a Song in my Heart 

Hors d’oeuvers, Raffles, Musical Entertainment and Surprise Guests  $40/Adult

March 24   7:00 – 10:00   at 60 North Market Street; 5th floor Clubroom

RSVP to Allen Morse  at


Hope to Home Benefit, Give a Soprano a Home

Lasagna Dinner and Musical Entertainment $10/adult or $25/family

Thursday, March 22  5:45 – 8:00  at First Baptist Church 5 Oak Street Asheville

RSVP to or call (828) 258-1695   X 254

The Mikado Auditions

October 30, 2012

The Gondoliers Mainstage 2011

  • 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

Apprentice Program Performance September 29

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

Opera Creations 2012 Summer Camps

March 13, 2012

Opera Creations Summer Camp

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
summer opera program. This two-week camp culminates with a fully-staged
costumed production on the last day.  Register Now! (click link to register)

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
Register today email

“The Impressario” with scenes from “The Magic Flute”

January 16, 2012

Cast of The Magic Flute

Opera Creations presents its 2012 Mainstage production of The Dueling Sopranos do Mozart: The Quest for the Queen. You will see some of your favorite local artists bring music from Mozart’s Impressario and Magic Flute to life. This abridged version will also feature ten young apprentices from area high schools and colleges. View these upcoming artists perform a fully-staged production mentored by Asheville’s long-loved singers, Simone Vigilante, Timothy Wilds, Vance Reese, Jonathan Ross, Karen Svites and Aaron Schnurbusch. All to take place at the historic, Masonic Temple stage downtown!

Ticket available at the door with cash or check only

Adults:  $25 / Children under 12:  $15