On January 29, Gulfshore Opera presents “World of Lloyd Webber” for an Opera meets Broadway concert on Marco Island at the United Church of Marco Island. A dynamic trio of versatile artists will perform songs and ensembles from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats,” “Evita,” “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Aspects of Love,” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” throughout the SWFL region. The featured artist is award-winning American tenor John Riesen who has been impressing audiences all over the country with his “heartfelt” singing. John performed the role of Alfredo in Gulfshore Opera’s season 5 production of “La Traviata.” Other recent roles include Tony in “West Side Story” with the New York City Ballet at the Lincoln Center, Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly” (Pensacola Opera), Rodolfo in “La bohème” (Shreveport Opera) and Frederic in “Pirates of Penzance” (Opera Ithaca, Shreveport Opera). Joining him will be sopranos Nadia Marshall and Lauren Davis accompanied on piano by Brian Holman.
Gulfshore Opera is committed to keeping our patrons safe. Touchless check-in will be utilized, including mobile or electronic tickets. Masks are required for all indoor locations. There will be limited and staggered seating to allow for social distancing. To reduce crowding, the concerts are one hour without intermission. The venue will be sanitized before the performance in addition to hand sanitizer at each entrance.
Full event details below. For more information or questions, contact Michelle Westley at 239-529-3925 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Hailed as “impassioned… and vibrant” (Opera Today), award-winning American tenor John Riesen is consistently impressing audiences with his “fantastic, powerful voice” (Texarkana Gazette). Riesen’s growing career boasts a variety of roles in which he excels and includes significant work in Opera, Musical Theater, studio recording and concert.
Looking ahead to the 2020/2021 season, John will return to acclaimed roles such as Younger Thompson in “Glory Denied” with Berkshire Opera Festival, Ralph Rackstraw in “H.M.S. Pinafore” with Pensacola Opera, and Frederic in “Pirates of Penzance” with Utah Opera, as well as his Carnegie Hall debut as tenor soloist in the “Messiah” with Musica Sacra under the baton of Kent Tritle in 2021.
John has released two studio recording albums, “What You’d Call a Dream” (2019) and “Christmas at Home” (2020) that have reached over 500,000 streams on Spotify and Apple Music. He has also collaborated with Emmy-nominated PBS TV pianist Marina Arsenijevic in both video performance (during COVID-19) and in–studio recordings.
2019/2020 season highlights include house and role debuts at Michigan Opera Theater in the role of Adolfo Pirelli in “Sweeney Todd” and a return to one of John’s most celebrated roles, Younger Thompson in Glory Denied with Atlanta Opera* and Urban Arias. Other highlights of the 2019-20 season included a debut with the New York Oratorio Society as the tenor soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, a return to Intermountain Opera Bozeman as Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate and to Opera Birmingham as Prince Charmant in their production of Massenet’s “Cendrillon.”
*Canceled due to COVID-19
Nadia Marshall’s shimmering soprano voice and vibrant stage presence make her a dazzling choice for lyric coloratura roles. She has delighted audiences as Lauretta (cover) in “Gianni Schicchi” with IVAI, Suor Genovieffa (cover) in “Suor Angelica” with Vienna Summer Music Festival, Zerlina in “Don Giovanni” in Vienna Summer Music Festival, La Princesse and La Rossignol in “L’enfant et les sortilèges” with Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Her other roles include Laetitia in “The Old Maid and the Thief” with Chicago Summer Opera, Paquette in Candide with Ohio State University’s Opera & Lyric Theatre, and Valetto in “L’incoranazione di Poppea” with Florida State University Opera. Her 2020 schedule included performing the Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 aria for the 50th anniversary concert for The Music Federation of Greater Naples, Florida, and performing virtually as The Ghost of Christmas Past with BARN Opera for their holiday special American premiere of Andrew Ager’s “A Christmas Carol.”
On the concert stage, Nadia has been the soprano soloist in Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass,” Haydn’s “Harmoniemesse,” and Handel’s “The Messiah” with Trinity Seminary at Capital University. She has also performed as The Angel in “Lauda per la Natività” with Gulfshore Opera.
Nadia completed her Master’s in Vocal Performance at the Ohio State University, where she also received a Certificate in Singing Health Specialization. She completed her Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance at Florida State University with two minors in French and Italian language.
Praised for her “brilliantly expressive vocalism” (Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News), Lauren Davis, mezzo-soprano, is equally at home on operatic and concert stages. She enjoys singing chamber music, sacred masterworks, musical theatre, and jazz, and has been a featured artist with the Varna International Opera Academy, the Miami Summer Music Festival and Opera in the Ozarks. Ms. Davis obtained her master’s degree in music performance at Southern Methodist University before moving to Fort Myers, where she teaches voice lessons.
World of Webber
- January 29 at 7 PM
- United Church of Marco Island
- Premium Tickets: $50
- Standard Tickets: $35