On January 11, 2017, Gulfshore Opera brings to Marco Island an opera scenes program with five nationally recognized soloists and piano/chamber ensemble. Due to the expected demand for seats and request for a chance to meet with the performers at the following reception, the performance and after performance reception for premium ticket holder will take place in two locations.
“Great Act Twos” will be performed at 5 PM at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, and the reception after the performance will take place at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, across the street at 1010 Winterberry Drive.
The opera event will feature scenes from a variety of operas, such as “La Traviata,” “La Boheme” and “Tales of Hoffmann.” Each scene will be presented staged and in costume and will be introduced by local actor John McKerrow. McKerrow is founder of Southwest Florida’s Shakespeare in Paradise. He has worked Off Broadway, on tours, in regional theatre, and national commercials.
Gulfshore Opera is not only excited to begin the professional residency of five artists, but also to share this performance with Marco Islanders. “Gulfshore Opera are thrilled to bring great young talented professionals to perform some of the most beloved acts from opera for Marco Island at accessible ticket prices. This is a unique opportunity to see Grand Opera on the Island and we hope it will be a beginning of a new tradition,” said Stephanie Schwetz, Marco Island resident and a member of the board of directors of Gulfshore Opera.
The Marco Island performance will be part of a tour of Southwest Florida for this production. Rosemary Wick, President of Marco Island Center for the Arts, stated, “the fact that this performance will feature visiting opera artists adds even more excitement to this great event. Acts from different operas is cornucopia for opera fans and will be a great way for the opera novice to sample a variety of this great genre.”
The professional artists and residents performing in Great Act Twos are well known in the opera community. Jonathan Tetelman, tenor, served as lead tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem in Lake Como, Italy. He was recently awarded First Prize in the 2016 New York Lyric Opera Competition at Carnegie Hall.
Tyler Putnam, bass, is quickly gaining national recognition. 2016 engagements include Jose Castro in La Fanciulla Del West with Opera Omaha and Chief of Police in Evangeline with The Longfellow Chorus. He won prizes from The Sullivan Foundation and The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Sarah Nordin, mezzo-soprano, has received critical praise for her skills in numerous roles. Her recent roles have included Dorabella Cosi Fan Tutte with Opera Tampa and with title-role Carmen in concert with the Livingston Symphony Orchestra.
Christopher Holmes, bass-baritone, has performed more than 35 opera roles with noted companies including Austin Lyric Opera, Phoenix Opera, and Utah Festival Opera. His Germont with Opera del Sol was praised as being “truly polished, controlled, professional and superb….”
Shana Grossman, soprano, is a recent graduate of the Brooklyn Conservatory. Ms. Grossman recently sang the role of Tylan, the witch in the world premiere of João Macdowell’s new opera The Seventh Seal. She made her New York debut, to acclaimed, with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance program singing Adele in Die Fledermaus.
Tickets for this event may only be obtained through the Gulfshore Opera website at www.gulfshoreopera.org and by calling 239-529-3925. For further information concerning Marco Island Center for the Arts activities, classes, or upcoming exhibits, please visit www.marco