Oberlin in Italy 2015
Organized by: Zane Ransom Hill
EVENT DATE Jun 10, 2015
As a young performer, each of my professional accomplishments have been accompanied by an impressive (and increasing) list of family and friends who have continued to go above and beyond to support me and help me realize my career goals. I recognize and appreciate everyone who continues to help as I grow as a professional singer, and I hope you feel that your investment in me over the years is paying off. With your kindness and generosity, I have been able to continue learning, developing and growing as a performer. Each year my resume and professional network grows, and I simply could not have made this progress without your support and assistance year after year, as it affords me the ability to navigate successfully down this challenging path.
As I approach my senior year at Oberlin Conservatory, I am excited to share with you that the hard work is paying off. This summer I have been invited to Arezzo to be part of Oberlin in Italy's Opera division. "Opera division participants of this program are artists chosen from national auditions for advanced singers who demonstrate high level vocalism and acting abilities. Opera division participants are generally at the young professional, young artist, post graduate and graduate levels. Although rare, exceptionally talented undergraduate level students may also be considered for roles in the operas featured." As an undergraduate, I feel incredibly honored to have been cast as Count Robinson in Il matrimonio segreto.
As with all of the summer programs I have participated in, there is considerable cost involved. While the majority of my tuition has been waived, there are still plenty of costs associated with participation in a program of this magnitude. Not only for program tuition, but assistance with housing costs (from June 11-July 21st), travel (plane, train fare), groceries and meals during my time there and other miscellaneous costs associated with apartment living, like toiletries, linens and visits to the laundromat!
I appreciate your donations, as every bit truly helps. Again, I thank you all so much for the unending love, support and inspiration you provide, as it makes me work even harder every day.
MORE ABOUT THE OBERLIN IN ITALY PROGRAM
Oberlin in Italy is a comprehensive training experience for singers, pianists, instrumentalists, conductors, stage directors and design & production artists. While attending, I will have the opportunity to continue to develop my artistry and further my career by forming meaningful contacts with a network of industry professionals, coaches and renowned artists in casting/hiring positions with many of the world’s leading opera companies and institutions.
In addition to the networking components, I will also have an opportunity to work with distinguished faculty of opera professionals offering voice lessons, master classes, dramatic coaching, physical/vocal characterization and movement workshops, career guidance, networking events and immersion-based Italian language study.
I will be able to attend intensive daily Italian language courses and will receive 15 hours of Italian language study per week with native Italian speakers. I will be eligible to earn transferable Oberlin College language credits with successful completion of the Italian language courses. Two music elective credits may also be earned through the successful participation in division assignments.
The 2015 opera productions will feature Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto. Il matrimonio segreto’s premier in 1792 was the occasion of the longest encore in operatic history.
Fortunately, along with all of the rehearsals and intense preparation, there will be some free time to travel the beautiful country and experience the rich Italian cultural life in the heart of Tuscany. This well-preserved old town has the perfect pedigree for an opera program as the birthplace of Guido of Arezzo, who is credited with inventing modern musical notation in the early 11th century.