East Shore LIVE: Opera Unzipped
When you hear the word opera what's the first thing that comes to mind? Stuffy? Boring? Elitist? Prepare to have your preconceptions blown away!
Join us on April 15th and rediscover opera as the popular music it has always been. Featuring members of Opera on Tap Seattle. No formal clothes please!
All performances take place in the sanctuary of East Shore Unitarian Church - 12700 SE 32nd St. Bellevue, WA, 98005 - near the intersection of I-90 and I-405. Admission is $15, and is open to all ages. Come join us LIVE!
Opera on Tap (OOT) was born in 2005 at Freddys Bar and Backroom in Brooklyn and incorporated in 2007 to promote opera as a viable, living and progressive art form and to support the developing artists who continue to keep the art form alive. What began as a small monthly gathering of ambitious, classically trained singers looking for more performance opportunities, has grown into a producing organization that has gained a loyal audience base and national recognition as an innovative force on the classical music scene. Through its Chapter program, which now has sixteen vibrant national chapters, OOT has created a large network of performers, creators, and supporters.
Robert McPherson, Tenor:Hailed by the New York Times for his robust voice, agility and confidence, Robert McPherson made his Metropolitan Opera debut last season as Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro and returns for additional performances this fall. This season he returned to English National Opera and New Israeli Opera as Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles, and sang Leopold in La Juive for Opera National du Rhin. He most recently brought The Drunken Tenor, a show he created, to the Seattle Fringe Festival. Next he heads to the Virginia Arts Festival for a Berlioz Requiem, Israeli Symphony for Le nozze di Figaro, and returns to the Met roster for The Merry Widow and Semiramide. Also an avid baseball fan, he has sung the National Anthem for the Seattle Mariners, on numerous occasions.
Rachelle Moss, contralto, is forging exciting performances as a young artist. Most recently, she appeared as Kate Pinkerton in Sarasota Opera's production of Madama Butterfly. In the 2016-2017 season Rachelle was the Alto soloist for Federal Way Symphony's Messiah, and an Apprentice Artist at Sarasota Opera. Where she performed in main stage productions as well as concerts and special events. Notable scene credits from Sarasota Opera include: Leonora (La Favorita), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), and Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Princess Eboli (Don Carlo), Fenena (Nabucco), and Didon (Les Troyens). She also portrayed the leading role of Mrs. Lovett in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd with the University of North Texas's Opera Theater and covered both Mama McCourt (The Ballad of Baby Doe) and Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia) for Spotlight on Opera in Austin, TX.
Upcoming engagements include her debut with Puget Sound Concert Opera as Afra in La Wally.
Ksenia Popov, Soprano. Ms. Popova has sung numerous roles in the greater Seattle area, including Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Gretel (Hansel & Gretel) with Pacific Northwest Opera, Polly Peachum (The Threepenny Opera), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Josephine (HMS Pinafore) with Tacoma Opera, and Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Vashon Opera. Coming up, Ms. Popova will be a Young Artist with Tulsa Opera where she will cover Marguerite in Faust, Liu in Turandot, and perform the role of Suzanne Michaud in Tobias Pickers Thérèse Raquin.
Accompanist: Pianist Glenda Williams is a frequent accompanist for concerts, including recent recitals with Icelandic soprano Gudrun Ingimarsdottir at Pacific Lutheran University and Mercer Island. She is a frequent pianist for Opera On Tap and Public Opera, two groups which present opera concerts in unconventional venues. Recent events have included work with Kidstage (the Village Theatre's training program for high school students), and choral preparation for Pacific Northwest Opera's productions of CARMEN and DON GIOVANNI. Other recent credits include productions with Bellevue City Opera. the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and conducting AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS for Plymouth Congregational Church. She is the pianist at the Congregational Church on Mercer Island.
East Shore (View)
12700 SE 32nd Street
Bellevue, WA 98005
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|