Fairbanks, Alaska (AK) – Opera Fairbanks announces its 2015 Free Summer Community Concert. For the past several years, Opera Fairbanks has provided a free concert to Interior residents featuring the Opera Fairbanks orchestra, and integral part of each Opera Fairbanks production.
Opera Fairbanks Artistic Director Gregory Buchalter of the Metropolitan Opera noted “I am always excited each summer to work with the wonderfully talented instrumentalists in Fairbanks who play for us. The annual free concert is both a previous of the opera and also a chance for us to do our own thing on stage as opposed to being unseen in the orchestra pit for the production. Because the orchestration is rich and colorful in Hansel and Gretel and because the composer, Engelbert Humperdinck studied with Wagner and was greatly influenced by him, I felt it necessary to include Wagner in the concert. We will be playing the majesty Overture to his Die Meistersinger. The featured work on the program will be another beautifully textured work, Dvorák’s very famous New World Symphony.”
This year’s concert is sponsored in part by Holland America Line, Inc. and will take place on Friday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Musical selections will also include excerpts from the upcoming production of Hansel and Gretel, sung by principal vocalists Jamie-Rose Guarrine, Maya Lahyani, and David Cangelosi.
About Opera Fairbanks: Located in Interior Alaska, Opera Fairbanks is the farthest-north professional opera production company in the United States. Founded in December 2005 by Cassandra Tilly, Theresa Reed, James Holm, and Morgan Reed, it is the only professional company in Interior Alaska solely devoted to opera production and education.