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Watertown is a stop for Syracuse Opera’s outreach program as it plans “9 More Operas in 90 Minutes”


A night at the opera is coming to Watertown.

Jefferson Community College’s Sturtz Theater is one of the stops Syracuse Opera plans as part of its 2013-14 resident artist program.

The resident artist program brings live opera to the broader Syracuse community and is the cornerstone of the organization’s educational and outreach programming.

Besides the Sept. 27 Watertown concert, the outreach program, “Nine More Operas in 90 Minutes,” will be staged in Auburn, Rochester and New Hartford. Two of the concerts will be at different locations in Syracuse.

Last year, Syracuse Opera presented the program, now in its sixth year, at Clayton Opera House.

This year’s all-new production of “Nine More Operas in 90 Minutes” features fully staged operatic scenes from “Carmen,” “Faust,” “Julius Caesar,” and “Susannah” and others, as well as musical theater selections from “West Side Story” and “Sunday in the Park With George.”

This season’s resident artists at Syracuse Opera are soprano Raquel Suarez, tenor Kevin Newell, bass-baritone Brandon Coleman and principal coach Kristin Ditlow. Stage director Patricia Weinmann returns to direct.

Soprano Raquel Suarez, a Dutch-born Canadian, counts among her signature roles Lauretta in “Gianni Schicchi,” Adele in “Die Fledermaus,” the title roles in “Cendrillon” and Musetta in “La Bohème. Recently her work was seen at Dicapo Opera Theatre in New York City, New York Lyric Opera and Opera Williamsburg in Virginia. Miss Suarez is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music.

Tenor Kevin Newell has sung numerous roles with Fort Worth Opera and Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, Wi., where he also has appeared as a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and was a winner of the Milwaukee District Metropolitan Opera Auditions.

Other credits include performances with Chautauqua Opera in New York City, Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake and Central City Opera House Association in Colorado.

Recent performances for bass-baritone Brandon Coleman include Angelotti in “Tosca” and Ibn-Hakia in Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” for Dicapo Opera Theatre in New York City, Dulcamara in “L’Elisir d’Amore,” Parsons in “The Cunning Little Vixen” for Opera North, and Sarastro in “The Magic Flute” for Tuscia Opera Festival in Italy. He has participated in young artist programs for Sarasota Opera, Opera New Jersey and Toledo Opera.

Kristin Ditlow is an alumna of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J., Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, Mass., and Merola Opera Program in San Francisco. She has worked at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and several opera companies within the United States.

During the fall of 2012, she appeared in a recital with Ellen Rose, principal violist of the Dallas Symphony, throughout the People’s Republic of China. Her recent summer activities include teaching and performing in Italy, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Stage director Patricia Weinmann has staged several Syracuse Opera productions , including main stage productions of “Sweeney Todd — The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Carmina Burana” as well as resident artist program productions.

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The outreach schedule for “Nine More Operas in 90 Minutes”:

n 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Rev. Dr. Lee Miller Arts & Music Festival at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 873 DeWitt St., Syracuse. Suggested donation is $10 for adults, $8 for students and free for children under 12.

n 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre, Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for students and members of the military.

n 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at JCC’s Sturtz Theater. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for students and members of the military. Call Syracuse Opera at 475-5915 to purchase advance tickets.

n 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Goldenberg Cultural Series, Temple Concord, 910 Madison St., Syracuse. Admission is free.

n 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Performance Center, Hochstein School of Music and Dance, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester. Tickets are $20 and $10 for members of the military and students.

n 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Preswick Glen Community Center, 55 Preswick Drive, New Hartford, Oneida County. Tickets are $20 and $10 for members of the military and students.

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Syracuse Opera will host an open house and season preview party at 2 p.m. Sunday at Carrier Theater, Mulroy Civic Center, 421 Montgomery St. It will be hosted by Douglas Kinney Frost, producing and artistic director of Syracuse Opera.

Syracuse Opera’s 2013-14 main stage season consists of Peter Brook’s “The Tragedy of Carmen” on Oct. 11, 13, 15, 18 and 20 at the Mulroy Civic Center’s Carrier Theater; Astor Piazzolla’s “Maria de Buenos Aires — a Tango Opera” on Jan. 31, Feb. 2, 4, 7 and 9 at the Carrier Theater and a gala performance of the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess” on April 6 at Crouse-Hinds Theater.

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