Greetings from Kansas!

 Masterclass w/ Legendary Bass Sam Ramey

 Masterclass w/ Legendary Bass Sam Ramey

Hi friends,

What a productive and exciting summer it has been! I have spent the past month taking part in the very first Opera Academy of the Midwest with Wichita Grand Opera. I am here in Wichita, Kansas through Mid-October to understudy roles, sing in the chorus of 3 productions, and learn from incredible mentors, coaches, teachers, and colleagues. I am enjoying every moment of the experience, and am grateful to have these 4 months to hone my craft.

In the intensive first month of the academy, my peers and I coached with the OAM faculty members and world-renowned guest artists. I'm thankful to Wichita Grand Opera founders Margaret Pent and Parvan Bakardiev for having me, and feel that I am learning an incredible amount from the talented folks in this company.

Our Maestro Martin Mázik, Coach Nyle Matsuoka, and acting coaches Shayna Leahy and Bill Powers are just a few of the instructors that have given me powerful new tools in my singing and performance capabilities. Masterclasses with Alan Held, Lynn Davis, and the legendary bass Samuel Ramey have been extremely inspiring as well. I am honored to have sung for them in these classes!

In addition to our studies and coachings, we have performed in several Gala Concerts at the McPherson Opera House, Bradley Fair in Wichita, and Stiefel Theatre in Salina. These have served as a preview for WGO's 15th Anniversary Season and the 3 knockout productions coming to Wichita in late August, September, and October. Visit www.WichitaGrandOpera.org for info and tickets. I hope to see you at a performance of Turandot, Don Carlo, or the Grand Duchess.

More updates soon to come! Much love to all,

Marisa

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