OPERA LEAGUE FALL RECITAL
SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 2 to 4PM
"OPERATIC POWER COUPLES"
Featuring Soprano Suzan Hanson and Baritone Roberto Perlas Gomez
Accompanied by Pianist Victoria Kirsch
Member Admission: $35 or one Voucher, Guest Admission $45 Student Members $10
Includes Reception with Artists Following the Recital
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Join us in an intimate setting in a private home in the mid-Wilshire area to enjoy a recital featuring Soprano Suzan Hanson and Baritone Roberto Gomez, accompanied by Pianist Victoria Kirsch performing some of our favorite music from the world of Opera. Event Location Details will be sent with order confirmation email.
Suzan Hanson, Soprano
With forays into the roles of Cio-Cio San and the four heroines in LES CONTES d’HOFFMANN, Suzan Hanson is excited to be exploring operatic roles which fully utilize her abilities as the consummate singer/actress. Blessed with a voice of exquisite beauty and power, which has been lauded by critics and audience members alike, it was only a matter of time before Suzan’s talents would bring her to this challenging yet rewarding repertoire.
Return engagements to many opera and theater companies have afforded Suzan opportunities to develop into a recognized and sought after multi-dimensional artist. Critics have been overwhelmed by the fully realized characters she creates; characters filled with a pathos and humanness often lacking on the operatic stage. Suzan is thrilled at the prospect of adding heroines such as Violetta, Tosca, Norma and Salome to her already substantial repertoire.
Roberto Perles Gomez, Baritone
With over ninety roles to his credit, Roberto Perlas Gómez has performed extensively throughout the United States with a special emphasis on California. He has done multiple leading roles with most of the regional companies in the state and numerous supporting roles with Michigan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, and San Francisco Opera. He has appeared regularly with the Verdi Chorus.
In December of 1995, Mr. Gómez performed at the Philippine Cultural Center in Manila, creating the title role of José Rizal in Rizal: Mga Huling Araw, an opera honoring the final days of the Philippine national hero during the centennial year of his death. He made his European debut at the Arena di Verona as Chinese Prime Minister Chou En-lai in the Italian premiere of John Adams’ Nixon in China, a role he reprised with Long Beach Opera to excellent reviews.
In the Spring of 2009, he debuted several leading roles with Long Beach Opera to critical praise: the Koenig in Orff’s Die Kluge, as well as the title roles in Viktor Ullmann’s Emperor of Atlantis and Antonio Vivaldi’s Motezuma, the opera’s American premiere. He continues to perform multiple leading roles with Long Beach Opera, the latest being the roles of the Theater Director and the Gendarme in Poulenc's The Breasts of Tiresias.
Pianist Victoria Kirsch
Pianist Victoria Kirsch creates and performs innovative programs throughout Southern California, including concerts based on museum exhibitions at the USC Fisher Museum, among others (Voices Off the Walls: Music for Museums) and spoken/sung word collaborations (The Poet’s Voice: Songs Onstage). A recent recipient of an NEA Chairman’s Grant, she co-created "This, and My Heart: The Worlds of Emily Dickinson," one of several staged art song/poetry programs.
Recent and upcoming projects include Ode on a Grecian Urn; Homenaje a un Gran Tenor Alfredo Kraus; Le Nouveau Siècle: Claude Debussy in the Twentieth Century; Trunk Show: Smoke and Mirrors, the Alchemy of Desire; Snapshots from the Sixties: Andy Warhol’s World in Song; Demons, Devils and Divas: Big Voices Sing Scary Music; and Chick Songs: Art Songs by Women Composers.
She has worked with national and regional opera companies (Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Long Beach, Mississippi Operas) and has served as an official pianist for the Operalia Competition and the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions in Los Angeles, in addition to numerous other competitions and auditions. She has been a popular teaching artist for Los Angeles Opera’s Education and Community Programs Department, as well as a member of the LA Opera music staff. She was a vocal faculty member at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, and she was associated with the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara for many years, playing in the studio of renowned baritone and master teacher Martial Singher and serving as a member of the vocal faculty.
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Event location details in the mid-Wilshire area will be provided in your order confirmation email
League Member Monika Whitaker (on right) hosts Soprano Carol Neblett at a recent OLLA Musicale
Several times a year, the Opera League sponsors Musicales in private homes in various locations in Southern California. Members gather for socializing and refreshments, and a performance by guest artists. Each Musicale has a creative theme, and they normally are held on weekend afternoons. Memeber can use vouchers for admission, or there are member and non-member fees for admission. Information about the Musicales is provided ahead of time to members here on the website, by email, and in our Bravo newsletter. Watch for announcements of future Musicales.