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BLACKSBURG – On June 6-22, the Vocal Arts and Musical Festival (https://tickets.artscenter.vt.edu/Online/vocalarts) returns to the Virginia Tech campus for three weeks of performances and master classes featuring opera legends, up-and-coming opera stars, and a cadre of talented musicians from across the globe. Presented by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech (http://www.artscenter.vt.edu/), in partnership with the International Vocal Arts Institute, the festival returns for a fourth year in Blacksburg, and is one of only three institute programs in the world.
With a mix of returning favorites and exciting new offerings, each day of the festival will feature special events, including master classes with some of the biggest names in opera, chamber music celebrations, solo and group performances spotlighting the festival’s talented singers, and new events that embrace community voices.
At the core of the festival is a group of young singers handpicked by International Vocal Arts Institute (http://www.ivai.org/) founders Joan Dornemann and Paul Nadler, both of the Metropolitan Opera. These professionals come to Virginia Tech for three weeks of unparalleled access to top opera teachers. They are immersed in rigorous training sessions and rehearsals with the festival faculty from morning to afternoon, where they will work on vocalization, language, and staging, and perform with festival instrumentalists and pianists each evening.
Two special guest artists join this year’s schedule — renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw and preeminent American operatic composer Carlisle Floyd. Upshaw will lead a master class, where she will share her musical insights with selected singers and perform in an evening recital, where she will present a diverse repertoire of selections from Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen, Charles Ives, and William Bolcom. Upshaw has made nearly 300 appearances since her career began in 1984, performing opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to new works. Read more »