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Opera Under The Stars 2019

Opera Under The Stars 2019

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A Magical night…

Waterfront Setting in Miami Beach

Renowned Opera Performers

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Courtney Miller

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Praised by OPERA NEWS for her “sizable and burnished mezzo” and “fluent musicality,” mezzo-soprano Courtney Miller is equally versed in opera as she is in musical theater, art song, and oratorio.  During the 2015-16 season, she made her Michigan Opera Theatre debut as Hannah in THE PASSENGER, Madison Opera debut as Meg in LITTLE WOMEN, and Odyssey Opera debut singing Mrs. Ford in SIR JOHN IN LOVE.  Summer of 2016 at Opera Saratoga, she sang Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and The Wind in Philip Glass’s opera ballet THE WITCHES OF VENICE. She spent the spring of 2018 sailing with Azamara Club Cruises performing the title role in an English adaptation of CARMEN. 

During the 2016-17, as a Florida Grand Opera Young Artist, she sang Olga in EUGENE ONEGIN and Mercédès in CARMEN.  As a Virginia Opera Emerging Artist 2013-15, Ms. Miller sang Meg Page in FALSTAFF, Second Lady in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Mercédès in CARMEN, Dryade in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS while covering the Composer, Cousin Hebe in HMS PINAFORE, Page in SALOME, Flora in LA TRAVIATA, and covered the Beggar Woman in SWEENEY TODD.  

Ms. Miller was a Young Artist with Glimmerglass Festival in 2014 where she sang Suzuki in the Young Artist performance of MADAME BUTTERFLY. Additionally, she covered the Composer in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS and Elizabeth Griffiths in AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. In the spring of 2013, Ms. Miller sang the role of Sister Helen in the successful New England premier of DEAD MAN WALKING.  After a rewarding summer as a Studio Artist with Chautauqua Opera in 2011, Ms. Miller returned as an Apprentice Artist in 2012, singing the role of Alisa in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and Maddalena in a concert version of RIGOLETTO with the Chautauqua Symphony.

Ms. Miller is an avid recitalist and has been praised for "possessing a delicacy and diction very appealing, and the strength to bring it home" (The Chautauquan Daily) singing selections from Canteloube's Chants d’Auvergne with the Chautauqua Symphony.  She performed Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Brevard Sinfonia in 2015.  Other concert credits include the alto soloist in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, alto soloist in Hadyn’s Schöpfungsmesse with the Concord Chorale, the alto soloist in Bach’s Mass in C Minor with The Boston Conservatory, and guest soloist for Two Dowland Laments with Hemenway Strings. 

Courtney Miller is the 2013 winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Bi-Annual Young Artist Competition in Women’s Voice and First Place winner of the American Prize in Art Song in Women’s Voice.   A New England Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Ms. Miller took second in the 2015 Lois Alba Aria Competition.  In 2016, she won the Concorso Lirico Internazionale "Anita Cerquetti” in Montecosoro, Italy.

She has also sung with Boston Lyric Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Seagle Music Colony, and Juventas New Music Ensemble.  A Wisconsin native, Ms. Miller holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Boston Conservatory.  Follow her on instagram @mezzomiller where you’ll also find her adventures in petsitting and all things ABV.

 

Kyaunnee Richardson

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Kyaunnee Richardson made her professional debut as Papagena in The Magic Flute with Festival of the Arts Boca in 2016. Recently, Kyaunnee made her debut as Clara in Porgy and Bess with the South Florida Symphony. Other highlights from the last few seasons include the roles of Nella in Opera Fusion’s production of Gianni Schicchi, Aunt Em and Glinda in Stage Door’s production of The Wiz, Monica in Opera Fusion’s production of The Medium, Yema in Utah Festival's regional premiere of Smith's Amazing Grace, Pamina in The Magic Flute with Orchestra Miami, Esther in the concert premiere of Ginsberg’s Esther, Sweet Esther at the National Press Club in Washington DC, the roles of Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Gilda in Rigoletto, Lisette in La rondine, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Despina in Così fan tutte and Adele in Die Fledermaus with Opera Fusion’s Emerging Artist Project series. While completing her masters at Florida State University, Kyaunnee performed the roles of Rose Maurrant in Street Scene and Despina in Così fan tutte.

Her performances as a soloist with orchestra include Handel’s Messiah with the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami and the Alhambra Orchestra and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Delray Orchestra. She has also been a featured soloist with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra, Sugar Pops Orchestra, Opera Fusion Orchestra, Coral Gables Chamber Orchestra and the Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra.

 


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