Fairfield University partners with Opera Singers Initiative on Summer Intensive and Gala Concert Performance at Quick Center on June 27, 2014

Image: Opera singerWith the sounds of arias and bel cantos filling the air, Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts partners with Opera Singers Initiative (OSI) for a two-week opera intensive this summer. Entitled the OSI Vocal Institute, the artistic and career development program takes place on the Fairfield University campus June 16-27, 2014, culminating in a Gala Concert Performance at the Quick Center on Friday evening, June 27, 2014, beginning with a pre-concert reception taking place at 7 p.m., followed by the performance. The Gala Concert, "Richard Strauss: A 20th Century Operatic Titan," will feature operatic excerpts by Richard Strauss (1864-1949) and by earlier composers who greatly influenced him, in celebration of his 150th birth anniversary. Gala tickets are $60 per couple, $45 single tickets. Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.quickcenter.com.

"Having the Quick Center and Fairfield University working together with Opera Singers Initiative is significant on many levels," said Quick Center Director Gary Wood. "Given the passion for opera in our region, demonstrated by the interest and attendance for our 'The MET: Live in HD' opera broadcasts, the OSI Vocal Institute grows the Quick Center's affiliation to the art form, particularly in a vibrant, hands-on, and personal way."

Designed for emerging national and international professional opera and classical singers, the OSI Vocal Institute provides vocal training and coaching from master teachers, instructors, directors, and world-renowned master class presenters. Participating students will have been selected on the basis of competitive auditions held in New York, Boston, and San Francisco. During the program, each singer receives an intensive career-focused program that includes acting and musical coaching for performance preparation, workshops and master classes that focus on the business of singing such as marketing and public relations, branding, finance, and fundraising, plus individual career consultation, all culminating in the Quick Center Gala performance on June 27.

Singers selected for this summer's OSI Vocal Institute include:

Participating Faculty members for the OSI Vocal Institute include:

"Hosting the OSI Vocal Institute on campus in June presents an exceptional opportunity to partner with an organization and art form of national and international scope," added Gary Wood. "The singers of the Institute are already themselves professionals who attend the Institute as a means to sharpen their musical, developmental and career skills. And the final gala performance on June 27th will be an exciting evening of music, making possible an additional and first-rate experience for our campus community and our patrons from around the area."

The OSI Vocal Institute will host two other area workshop concerts. These include performances at the Pequot Library in Southport, CT, at 6:30 p.m., June 17, (program to be announced), and at the Westport Arts Center, in Westport, CT, at 7 p.m., June 20, in a program entitled, "Operatic excerpts and Art Songs by 20th century American Composers."

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit www.quickcenter.com.

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on May 21, 2014

Vol. 46, No. 307

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