Sounds of Opera Fest fill
Saturdays in June
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Opera's Artistic Director, Doug Nagel, announces two
2011 Summer Opera Festival performances featuring
from some of the most beloved operas and
new tickets. Hear showstoppers
from The Next Five Years,
Wicked, and Showboat;
operas Hansel and Gretel, Porgy and
and much more.
Special guest is
Brianne Roney, 2nd place winner
of the Regional
Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Ms.
Roney made her RO
debut in La traviata.
Jeffrey Grant Kitto,
Doug Nagel, and
Mary Ryan, bow with RO debut artists Kathleen
Ferris, Solita Guerrero, Denise Huff, Angie Langeliers
Martinez in the constellation of stars.
Noted pianist Ashlee Young,
Billings Symphony soloist
and competition winner, accompanies.
PAUL RUHTER/Gazette Staff From
left, Josh Aaby, Angie Langeliers, William Mouat,
Kristen Reid and Kristy Dallas are performing artists
with Rimrock Opera Company's summer festival.
June 18, 7:30 PM, Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810
Saturday, June 25, 7:30 PM, Babcock
Theater. The program repeats, and features the Rimrock
Opera Chorus for Kids (ROCK) Summer Camp finale
Tickets are $20, available at the door
of both venues.
For more information phone
Rimrock Opera Company puts on
By KJERSTEN OLSGAARD - The Billings Outpost
The Rimrock Opera Company presents its
Summer Festival this week, with two performances of
Broadway hits and opera favorites.
Rimrock Opera veterans to new opera stars, 20
performers will present selections from works like
“Wicked,” “Porgy and Bess,” “The Sound of Music,”
“Phantom of the Opera,” and more at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at Shiloh United Methodist Church.
The following Monday to Friday, ROC hosts ROCK (Rimrock
Opera Chorus for Kids) Summer Camp at the same
location, a weeklong program dedicated to providing
music education and performance opportunities to
Billings area youth since its inception in 2004.
“The ROCK Summer Camp is set up so that not only
do kids get together and learn songs that they can
perform, there’s also a variety of classes we
teach,” explained Kristy Dallas, education director
for ROC, in a recent interview.
teaching aerobasingers, which is aerobics for
singers. We are also teaching a vocal health class,
which teaches the kids different methods they can
utilize for protecting their voices and not
overusing them. And we teach them music theory as
well, because if it’s something they start at a
younger age, then it’s something that will become
more natural for them.”
To close out the camp on
Saturday, June 25, the 20 performers will repeat
this Saturday’s concert at the Babcock Theater at
7:30 p.m. with a featured performance by ROCK.
“Adults definitely have a more cultured
appreciation for opera, because the adults that do
come, it’s something that they have developed a
taste for and like,” said Dallas. “And they have a
lot of educational and intellectual knowledge about
it. Whereas kids when they see opera, they usually
don’t know the story behind it or the history of it.
But they are really fascinated by it.
fascination, said Dallas, is important for nurturing
“Opera is just like having plays or
having musical theater. It’s something where kids
can go into a different world and experience things
that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to experience.”
Tickets are $20 per
performance and are available at the door of both
venues. Contact ROC for more information about the
concerts or registering for ROCK Summer Camp at
671-2214 or rimrockopera.org.