A night at the opera is coming to Watertown.
Jefferson Community Colleges 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 organizations 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 years 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 seasons 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 Tchaikovskys Iolanta for Dicapo Opera Theatre in New York City, Dulcamara in LElisir dAmore, 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 Peoples 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. Stephens 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 JCCs 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 Operas 2013-14 main stage season consists of Peter Brooks The Tragedy of Carmen on Oct. 11, 13, 15, 18 and 20 at the Mulroy Civic Centers Carrier Theater; Astor Piazzollas 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.
For more information, visit www.syracuseopera.com.