SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL STREAMS SEASON HIGHLIGHTS FOR GIVING DAY 2021

SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL STREAMS SEASON HIGHLIGHTS FOR GIVING DAY 2021

SAVANNAH, GA – November 22, 2021  To celebrate this year’s Giving Tuesday on Nov. 30, the Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) will be streaming highlights from their 2020-21 digital performances, sponsor spotlights, and Milnes Studio Artists, starting at 8 a.m. to encourage donations to the organization.

Giving Tuesday, a nationwide 24-hour online donation initiative, kicks off the giving season and supports more than 3,000 Georgia nonprofits. Giving Tuesday, often described as a global day of giving or a global generosity movement, is held each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. Since the first annual day of giving in 2012, nonprofit organizations in the United States have raised more than $1.9 billion. In 2019, nonprofits in the US raised more than $500 million dollars online alone. To demonstrate the talent and programs supported by SVF, the Savannah-based organization will be streaming highlights of Season Nine, “LIVE” which took place in Savannah during August 2021 through the holidays and ending with its 2021 Online Gala, honoring legendary baritone Thomas Hampson. The streams are both star-studded, with the world-renowned Sherrill Milnes and his friends at the helm and introduces new, emerging talented opera singers.

“Giving Tuesday is truly the launch of the Giving Season and that’s why we would love to show our patrons and the community what their donations to SVF supports through the streaming of this year’s festival,” said Executive Director, Maria Zouves. “We are grateful for the support of our local organizations, businesses, individual contributions, and patrons all over the world for their generous contributions. We hope people make Milnes VOICE Programs the charity of their choice for donations to on Giving Tuesday.”

Savannah VOICE Festival is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit arts organization in the state of Georgia. The Festival brings classical vocal excellence to the Savannah area through a two-week celebration of concerts, events, and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year. Focusing on arts awareness and audience development in the performing arts, it offers music from opera, musical theatre, and popular song. The Savannah VOICE Festival is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Donations are tax-deductible.

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SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL STREAMING OF SEASON NINE – OCTOBER 1-16, 2021

SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL STREAMING OF SEASON NINE – OCTOBER 1-16, 2021

SAVANNAH, GA. – September 21, 2021 – The Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) announces the virtual streaming of six episodes highlighting performances from Season Nine, “LIVE” which took place in Savannah during August 2021. These episodes can be purchased at www.savannahvoicefestival.org for an individual streaming link to be delivered by email before each show. from Oct. 1-16, 2021, beginning at 7 p.m. EST. For patrons’ convenience, the stream will be available for access for 72 hours after the initial streaming date. Each episode costs $25 to stream or $20 for members.

The events will begin at 7 p.m. EST and most episodes consist of 50 minutes of edited highlights showcasing some of the best performances from season nine “LIVE-online”. La Bohème will be a recording of the 75-minute production as presented during season nine and Liz Lang’s recital is a reproduction of her August concert at The Telfair Academy. The six episodes will be streamed as follows:

  • Friday, October 1, 7 p.m. – Kickoff: Together Again
    • After a year of virtual work together, the artists of the Savannah VOICE Festival go back on some iconic stages of its beloved city for live audiences. Take a journey through the performances of this season and enjoy opera, musical theatre, and song.
  • Saturday, October 2, 7 p.m. – Broadway
    • Join us for an evening of Broadway new hits and classic tunes! See our 2021 Festival Artists instantly transport you to the Great White Way!
  • Friday, October 8, 7 p.m. – A Night at the Museum
    • Enjoy an elegant curation of arias & songs performed by our 2021 Festival artists coupled with the beautiful artwork that lives in the Telfair Rotunda.
  • Saturday, October 9, 7 p.m. – La Bohème
    • The Savannah VOICE Festival brings Puccini’s masterpiece La Bohème to life on stage with a stellar cast of Festival artists under the direction of Fabrizio Melano and Andrew Bisantz. This abridged production will have you enraptured in beautiful music with a night at the opera!
  • Friday, October 15, 7 p.m. – Headliner: Liz Lang, soprano with Howard Watkins, piano
    • Tune in to watch the stunning recital of Liz Lang, soprano with Howard Watkins, piano with special guest John Tisbert, trumpet. You don’t want to miss these incredibly talented artists. _
  • Saturday, October 16, 7 p.m. – Finale: Until We Meet Again
    • Celebrate a collection of amazing moments and performances over the 2021 Savannah VOICE Festival! With highlights and behind the scenes moments, we can’t wait to close this season with this incredible Finale!

“We are so thrilled to be able to offer this streaming opportunity for our patrons that maybe couldn’t travel to our in-person festival this year,” said Executive Director, Maria Zouves. “We want everyone to have the chance to see the hard work and abundant talent of our SVF artists during our recent ninth festival.”

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Editor’s Notes 

Savannah VOICE Festival is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit arts organization in the state of Georgia. The Festival brings classical vocal excellence to the Savannah area through a two-week celebration of concerts, events and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year. Focusing on arts awareness and audience development in the performing arts, it offers music from opera, musical theatre and popular song. Donations are tax-deductible. 

For media inquiries, please contact Kristyn Fielding at 229-393-6457 or kristyn@lesleyfrancispr.com, or Lesley Francis at 912-429-3950 or lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com

SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL STREAMING OPPORTUNITY OF SEASON NINE AND THEME OF NEXT YEAR’S SEASON

SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL STREAMING OPPORTUNITY OF SEASON NINE AND THEME OF NEXT YEAR’S SEASON

SAVANNAH, GA. – September 2, 2021 – The Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) announces a virtual streaming opportunity to share six archived performances from Season Nine, “LIVE”, online, along with the theme for SVF Season X: “GHOST.

 “LIVE-online” is scheduled to be live-streamed on SVF’s Facebook account @SavannahVOICEFestival from Oct. 1-6, 2021, beginning at 7 p.m. EST. Viewers can go directly to the SVF Facebook page or go on the Savannah VOICE Festival website to use the link provided. No Facebook account is necessary to watch.

The events will begin at 7 p.m. EST and will last 50 minutes each during week to present season nine “LIVE-online”:

  • Friday, October 1: SVF “LIVE-online” – Episode 1
    • 7 p.m. | Kickoff: Together Again: After two years of virtual work together, the artists of the Savannah VOICE Festival go back on some iconic stages of its beloved city for live audiences. Take a journey through
  • Saturday, October 2: SVF “LIVE-online” – Episode 2
    • 7 p.m. | Broadway: an elegant curation of arias and songs that are coupled with the beautiful artwork that lives in the Telfair Rotunda
  • Sunday, October 3: SVF “LIVE-online” – Episode 3
    • 7 p.m. | Headliner: Liz Lang, soprano with Howard Watkins, piano
  • Monday, October 4: SVF “LIVE-online” – Episode 4
    • 7 p.m. | A Night at the Museum
  • Tuesday, October 5: SVF “LIVE-online” – Episode 5
    • 7 p.m. | La Boheme: SVF brings Puccini’s masterpiece live on stage with a stellar cast of Festival artists under the direction of Fabrizio Melano and Andrew Bisantz.
  • Wednesday, October 6: SVF “LIVE-online” – Episode 6
    • 7 p.m. | Finale: Until We Meet Again

“We are so thrilled to be able to offer this streaming opportunity for our patrons that maybe couldn’t make the travel to our in-person festival this year,” said Executive Director, Maria Zouves. “We want everyone to have the chance to see the hard work and abundant talent of our SVF artists in this last festival season.”

SVF has also announced the dates and theme for its tenth season. SVF Season 10 will be slated to run Aug. 8-27, 2022 and the theme is “Season X: “GHOST””. Next year’s season will be featuring “Alice Ryley” and “Anna Hunter”, two operas written by SVF’s very own Michael Ching.

“SVF is grateful for Michael Ching and his hard work and dedication in creating two wonderful compositions to showcase to next year’s patrons,” said Zouves. “We believe that these two operas will showcase the history and mystery of Savannah and embody our tenth season of the Savannah VOICE Festival.”

Alice Riley” debuted at the Charles H. Morris Center during Halloween weekend in 2015, a fitting time for the deliverance of a woeful ghost story peppered with murder, passion and history. This contemporary opera, performed and sung in the English Language, centers on the tragic story of Alice Ryley, an Irish indentured servant in the 1700s who, along with her lover, is accused of killing her master. “Anna Hunter, The Spirit of Savannah” debuted in Nov. of 2017 at the Davenport House with immersion performances that featured a live instrumental ensemble. This comedic ghost opera takes audiences on a journey through the Davenport House as they portray the story of the woman who changed the future of Savannah by preserving its past.

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Editor’s Notes 

Savannah VOICE Festival is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit arts organization in the state of Georgia. The Festival brings classical vocal excellence to the Savannah area through a two-week celebration of concerts, events and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year. Focusing on arts awareness and audience development in the performing arts, it offers music from opera, musical theatre and popular song. Donations are tax-deductible. 

For media inquiries, please contact Kristyn Fielding at 229-393-6457 or kristyn@lesleyfrancispr.com, or Lesley Francis at 912-429-3950 or lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com

SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE PRODUCTION OF “A ROYAL FEAST” ALONG WITH FREE MASTERCLASSES AS PART OF THE NINTH SEASON

SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE PRODUCTION OF “A ROYAL FEAST” ALONG WITH FREE MASTERCLASSES AS PART OF THE NINTH SEASON

SAVANNAH, GA. – July 29, 2021 – The Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) and the VOICExperience Foundation are slated to showcase several educational outreach initiatives to the Savannah community as part of its ninth festival season LIVE, including three free masterclasses on August 10,11, and 17 at 1 p.m. and FEAST on August 14 at 5 p.m.

As part of its mission to serve the community, Savannah VOICE Festival and its sister organization, the VOICExperience Foundation, will showcase three Master Classes on August 10, 11, and 17 starting at 1 p.m that are free to the public. Audience members can look forward to educational intensives taught by Opera Assistant Conductor and VOICE Faculty member Howard Watkins, Opera Director Fabrizio Melano & Psychotherapist Laura Melano Flanagan, and SVF’s Artistic Director and legendary operatic baritone, Sherill Milnes. Outreach and educational events in schools, retirement homes and for local charities, free teen workshops and masterclasses are always offered at SVF for local Savannah artists and partnerships with local arts organizations have always been a vital part of their mission to serve the community.

“We are more than thankful for the 9th season of the Savannah VOICE Festival and the efforts the Sherrill and Maria took to keeping our performers and participants safe and at home,” said SVF and VOICExperience’s education and outreach coordinator, Chad Sonka. “Our students and composers have worked tirelessly for almost two years to be able to perform for a live, and socially distanced, audience.”

On Saturday, August 14, SVF will showcase the world premiere of Michael Ching’s “A Royal Feast”. Both the synopsis and plot for this opera were conceived by students of Esther F. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts and Windsor Forest High School. Over the summer of 2020, Sonka and Ching facilitated Zoom workshops with students to create and write some of the music and textual material for the 2020 production of “A Royal Feast”. Continuing to work with them throughout the school year to prepare for the live production of this year’s performance, “A Royal Feast”. “A Royal Feast” tells the story of what happens to Cinderella in after her wedding to Prince Charming. This sequel to Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” is a magical event with a special message for the whole family.

For more information about SVF, the VOICExperience Foundation, or tickets to this year’s festival, please visit www.savannahvoicefestival.org.

Savannah VOICE Festival is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit arts organization in the state of Georgia. The Festival brings classical vocal excellence to the Savannah area through a two-week celebration of concerts, events and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year. Focusing on arts awareness and audience development in the performing arts, it offers music from opera, musical theatre and popular song. Donations are tax-deductible.

VOICExperience Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to pass on the traditions of great singing and develop new audiences for opera. Under the umbrella of The Sherrill Milnes VOICE Programs, VOICExperience continues its dedication to the quality, integrity and perpetuation of the vocal arts through life-changing intensives, performances, and community-enriching outreach events in New York, Georgia (with its sister organization, the Savannah VOICE Festival), Florida and Illinois. For more information, please visit www.VOICExperienceFoundation.org. The Savannah VOICE Festival is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE THE PRODUCTION OF “FEAST”, ALONG WITH FREE MASTERCLASSES AS PART OF THE NINTH SEASON

SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE THE PRODUCTION OF “FEAST”, ALONG WITH FREE MASTERCLASSES AS PART OF THE NINTH SEASON

SAVANNAH, GA. – July 28, 2021 – The Savannah VOICE Festival’s (SVF) and VOICExperience are slated to offer several educational and outreach initiatives to the Savannah Community as part of its 2021 LIVE Season IX.

At the ninth season of the Savannah VOICE Festival, participants can look forward to attending festival staples “LIVE” and in-person. SVF Co-Founder/Artistic Director Sherrill Milnes and SVF Co-Founder/Executive Director Maria Zouves look to bring back live performances and experiences for the organization’s educational and outreach programs, while keeping participates safe and socially distanced. The Savannah VOICE Festival will include 18 LIVE events scheduled for Aug. 8-22, 2021.

“We are more than thankful for the 8th season of the Savannah VOICE Festival and the efforts the Sherrill and Maria took to keeping our performers and participants safe and at home,” said SVF and VOICExperience’s education and outreach coordinator, Chad Sonka. “Our students and composers have worked tirelessly for almost two years to be able to perform for a live, and socially distanced, audience.”

As part of its mission to serve the community, Savannah VOICE Festival and its sister organization, the VOICExperience Foundation, offer three free Master Classes throughout the first two weeks of the festival. Look forward to a LIVE educational incentive taught by Opera Assistant Conductor and VOICE Faculty member Howard Watkins, Opera Director Fabrizio Melano & Psychotherapist Laura Melano Flanagan, and SVF’s Artistic Director and legendary operatic baritone, Sherill Milnes.Outreach and educational events in schools, retirement homes and for local charities, free teen workshops and masterclasses are always offered at SVF for area artists and partnerships with local arts organizations have always been a vital part of their mission to serve the community.

The Savannah VOICE Festival and VOICExperience’s most imaginative, educational initiatives of last year finally will be presented LIVE! Michael Ching, SVF’s composer in residents commissioned to compose an original opera, “FEAST” for our “Stay-At-Home” Season 8 festival. Both the synopsis and plot for this opera were conceived by students of Esther F. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts and Windsor Forest High School. Over the summer of 2020, Sonka and Ching facilitated Zoom workshops with students to create and write some of the music and textual material for the 2020 production of “A Royal Feast”. Continuing to work with them throughout the school year to prepare for the LIVE production of this years performance, “FEAST”. “FEAST” tells the story of what happens to Cinderella in after her wedding to Prince Charming. This sequel to Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” is a magical event with a special message for the whole family.

For more information about SVF, Educational and Outreach Initiatives or VOICE-a-Grams, please visit www.savannahvoicefestival.org.

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Savannah VOICE Festival is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit arts organization in the state of Georgia. The Festival brings classical vocal excellence to the Savannah area through a two-week celebration of concerts, events and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year. Focusing on arts awareness and audience development in the performing arts, it offers music from opera, musical theatre and popular song. Donations are tax-deductible.

VOICExperience Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to pass on the traditions of great singing and develop new audiences for opera. Under the umbrella of The Sherrill Milnes VOICE Programs, VOICExperience continues its dedication to the quality, integrity and perpetuation of the vocal arts through life-changing intensives, performances, and community-enriching outreach events in New York, Georgia (with its sister organization, the Savannah VOICE Festival), Florida and Illinois. For more information, please visit www.VOICExperienceFoundation.org.

The Savannah VOICE Festival is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For media inquiries, please contact Kristyn Fielding at 229-393-6457 or kristyn@lesleyfrancispr.com, Lesley Francis at 912-429-3950 or lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com, or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377.

SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL PARTNERS WITH OLD TOWN TROLLY FOR THE NINTH SEASON

SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL PARTNERS WITH OLD TOWN TROLLY FOR THE NINTH SEASON

SAVANNAH, GA. – July 28, 2021 – The Savannah VOICE Festival’s (SVF) is partnering with Old Town Trolley for the ninth season of the to provide shuttle services from The Landings to the second showing of many performances, helping guests “See the Best”, from Aug. 10 to Aug. 21.

The Old Town Trolley event shuttle services are limited, so get it is suggested to get tickets early! VOICE member trolly tickets are $15 and non-member tickets are $20. Ticket sales for the trolley will end 12 hours before each departure time.

The Old Town Trolley Schedule is:

  • 10th – ARIA at 8 p.m.: Pickup at 7 p.m. at Skidaway Island UMC, return pick up at 9 p.m. from Telfair Academy.
  • 12th – SONG at 8 p.m.: Pickup at 7 p.m. at Skidaway Island UMC, return pick up at 9 p.m. from Telfair Academy.
  • 13th – BROADWAY at 8 p.m.: Pickup at 7 p.m. at Skidaway Island UMC, return pick up at 9 p.m. from Asbury Memorial Church.
  • 17th – FEMME at 8 p.m.: Pickup at 7 p.m. at Skidaway Island UMC, return pick up at 9 p.m. from Charles Morris Center.
  • 18th – FLASHBACK at 8 p.m.: Pickup at 7 p.m. at Skidaway Island UMC, return pick up at 9 p.m. from Charles Morris Center.
  • 19th – LIVE at 8 p.m.: Pickup at 7 p.m. at Skidaway Island UMC, return pick up at 9 p.m. from Charles Morris Center.
  • 20th – ROCK at 8 p.m.: Pickup at 7 p.m. at Skidaway Island UMC, return pick up at 9 p.m. from Charles Morris Center.
  • Aug 21st – BOHEME at 7:30 p.m.: Pickup at 6:30 p.m. at Skidaway Island UMC, return pick up at 8:45 p.m. from Asbury Memorial Church.

For trolley tickets, please visit AudienceView Professional (ovationtix.com)

Old Town Trolley Tours has the largest fleet of trolleys in the city! With 15 stops, this narrated hop-on, hop-off tour will tell you all about the rich history of savannah in about 1.5 hours round trip. They have been voted “Best Tour” in readers’ poll back-to-back years.

For more information about the Savannah VOICE Festival, or to purchase festival tickets, please visit Home – Savannah VOICE Festival

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SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SAVANNAH OPERA COMPANY’S PRODUCTION OF LA BOHÈME

SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SAVANNAH OPERA COMPANY’S PRODUCTION OF LA BOHÈME

SAVANNAH, GA – July 22, 2021 – The ninth annual Savannah VOICE Festival, staged Aug. 8 – 22 in and around the Hostess City, will include a condensed production of the famous La Bohème opera on Saturday, August 21, directed by the Savannah Opera Company’s Fabrizio Melano and Maestro, Andrew Bisantz.

“La Bohème” will be presented in two one-hour shows at Asbury Memorial Church, located on 1008 E. Henry Street, beginning at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this production are $50 for premium seats, and $32.50 for standard seating. The 5 p.m. showing is graciously sponsored by Marjorie and B.H. Levy and the 7:30 showing by Carolyn Donovan.

The Savannah Opera Company launched in 2018, on the heels of the sixth Savannah VOICE Festival. This brand is the daughter organization of the Savannah VOICE Festival and the VOICExperience Foundation. The Savannah Opera Company continues with the work of the SVF in staging high quality productions in the city of Savannah, GA.

“We are thrilled to say that The Savannah VOICE Festival and the Savannah Opera Company are back LIVE and better than ever,” says the Founder and Executive Director of The Savannah VOICE Festival, Maria Zouves. “The Savannah Opera Company grows stronger every year, this year presenting the famous “La Bohème”. We’d like to thank all our artists, sponsors, and donors for supporting us as we bounce back from the pandemic in an impactful one-hour production and celebrate live performance once again.”

“La Bohème” is the most frequently performed Italian operas. The Savannah VOICE Festival presents an abridged version of Puccini’s love story with Stage Director, Fabrizio Melano, and Maestro, Andrew Bisantz, breathe new life into this timeless masterpiece.

“La Bohème” premiered Feb 1, 1896, at the Teatro Regio in Italy as a four-act opera, set in 1830’s Paris, France. This story portrays the bohemian lifestyle, and tragic love story, of a poor poet and seamstress. Four struggling bohemians – a poet, a painter, a musician and a philosopher are living together in Paris, when one freezing Christmas Eve their lives are changed forever. A girl named Mimì knocks on their door looking for a candle light, and she and Rodolfo fall in love. However, the rush of love at first sight soon gives way to something much darker – it becomes clear that Mimì is desperately ill, and that Rodolfo, in his poverty, cannot provide for her. Our bohemians try to find their way, but are soon sharply awoken to the harsh realities of life…

For a full lineup of all Savannah VOICE Festival concerts, performances, master classes and other events, to join the VOICE Society, or to purchase tickets to La Bohème and other events, please call 855.766.7372, email info@savannahvoicefestival.org or visit www.savannahvoicefestival.org

Savannah VOICE Festival is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit arts organization in the state of Georgia. The Festival brings classical vocal excellence to the Savannah area through a two-week celebration of concerts, events, and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year. Focusing on arts awareness and audience development in the performing arts, it offers music from opera, musical theatre, and popular song. The Savannah VOICE Festival is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Donations are tax-deductible.

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SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL TO HOST MULTIPLE PRODUCTIONS AT THE CHARLES H. MORRIS CENTER

SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL TO HOST MULTIPLE PRODUCTIONS AT THE CHARLES H. MORRIS CENTER

SAVANNAH, GA – July 22, 2021 – The Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) is partnering with The Charles H. Morris Center for its ninth season to present an impressive week of productions happening Live during the final week of the festival, August 18-20. At The Morris Center, you can look forward to various genres of music with the productions of “FEMME”, “FLASHBACK”, “LIVE”, and “ROCK”.

Each performance will have two showings, the first showing will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and the final showing at 8 p.m. Standard admission to each performance is $27.50 and premium admission is $45, which includes access to a reception following the performance.

Directed by Festival favorite, Jessica Fishenfeld, FEMME is scheduled at The Morris Center for Tuesday, August 17. Guests will enjoy familiar opera arias and scenes with a new twist, while discovering music by women composers. The 6 p.m. showing was graciously sponsored by Elliott C. Bardsley in memory of Marilyn Bardsley and the 8 p.m. showing was sponsored by Nancy Cunningham, in memory of Rev. Augustine W. Cunningham, O.S.B.

Enjoy the FLASHBACK performance on August 18. This event highlights the best of the eighth virtual season of Savannah VOICE Festival. Join the on-screen stars of the Stay-at-Home season as they relive the performances you loved in a new live format. The 6 p.m. showing is graciously sponsored by Carlton & Nancy S. Sheets and the 8 p.m. showing was sponsored by Toby Hollenberg.

The last event as the Morris Center will be on Thursday, August 19. will be LIVE. A year of online streaming burst past the computer screens into the Morris Center as the artists celebrate Savannah VOICE Festival LIVE! With artist you know and love, along with the new faces of Season Nine, don’t miss the passion and legacy of great opera, hosted by globally acclaimed baritone Sherill Milnes. This production is graciously sponsored Dr. Garry & Susan Spector.

Savannah VOICE Festival artists are accompanied by the Elite Party Band for a night of your favorite radio hits. This event will showcase the SVF artists’ versatility with classic rock performances from popular 80s classics. ROCK is scheduled at The Morris Center for Friday, Aug. 20. The 6pm showing was graciously sponsored by Audiology & Hearing Aid Associates and Norburg Chiropractic and Wellness Center and the 8 pm showing was sponsored by Winston Willis.

“Our goal with the festival was to showcase a variety of music that wasn’t just opera. Our ninth season lineup at The Charles H. Morris Center is exquisite,” said SVF Executive Director Maria Zouves. “We are so thankful to Charles H. Morris and the Center for partnering with the Savannah VOICE Festival for our ninth season.”

For a full lineup of all Savannah VOICE Festival concerts, performances, master classes and other events, to join the VOICE Society, or to purchase tickets to any of the Morris Center and other events, please call 855.766.7372, email info@savannahvoicefestival.org or visit www.savannahvoicefestival.org

Savannah VOICE Festival is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit arts organization in the state of Georgia. The Festival brings classical vocal excellence to the Savannah area through a two-week celebration of concerts, events, and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year. Focusing on arts awareness and audience development in the performing arts, it offers music from opera, musical theatre, and popular song. The Savannah VOICE Festival is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Donations are tax-deductible.

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VOICEXPERIENCE TO HOST 15th ANNUAL OPERA IDOL VIRTUALLY ON JUNE 1, 2021

VOICEXPERIENCE TO HOST 15th ANNUAL OPERA IDOL VIRTUALLY ON JUNE 1, 2021

SAVANNAH, GA – May 24, 2021 – For the 15th consecutive year, VOICExperience Foundation (VE) founded by acclaimed operatic baritone Sherrill Milnes and soprano Maria Zouves, will offer their annual ‘Opera Idol’ master class competition. Traditionally taking place in the Chicago area, this annual event will take place virtually on Tuesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. EST, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Four of the following aspiring classical singers will compete in front of an online audience for one full scholarship to attend the Milnes VOICE Studio.

  • Danielle Bavli, soprano, has performed in many operatic productions as well as in productions with Odyssey Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, and the College Light Opera Company. She was recently named a Semi-Finalist in the 2021 Orpheus Competition and in the 2020 Camille Coloratura Awards. In 2019, she was named a first place winner of the Music Worcester Young Artist Competition and is the recipient of an Emerging Talent Award from the 2017 Lotte Lenya Competition. Bavli recently earned a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and received a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Vanderbilt University.
  • Hope Metts is an up-and-coming soprano known for her flexible, silvery voice and her vivacious stage presence. Her most recent roles include Belinda from Purcell’s Dido and Aenaeas and La Fée in Viardot’s Cendrillon. She has been a soloist with the Des Moines Choral Society, a member of the Iowa State Singers, and has previously studied and appeared in concert with the world-renowned bass-baritone Simon Estes. Metts currently studies with Mary Creswell at Iowa State University, and will graduate with a BA in Music in the spring of 2022.
  • Courtney Sanders, soprano will be making her debut as Rose in a virtual production of Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus this season. Sanders has completed the following training programs: Classic Lyric Arts Italy, German Vocal Arts Institute, CoOPERAtive, and SongFest. While completing her Bachelor of Arts at Yale University, she was a soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Yale Symphony Orchestra, as well as a winner of the Sledge Performing Arts Prize. Sanders received her Master of Music from the Mannes School of Music. She currently studies with Beth Roberts and resides in New York City.
  • Benjamin Sokol, Jewish-American Bass-Baritone, is a Junior at Manhattan School of Music, studying in the studio of world-renowned Bass-Baritone, James Morris. During his studies, Sokol has worked with wonderful vocal coaches including Andrew King, Dura Jun, Shane Schag and Kenneth Merrill. He has won multiple awards, from his Encouragement Award in the Schmidt Competition to being a Semi-Finalist in the NATS Boston competition. In 2020, Benjamin was the recipient of the Manhattan School of Music Alexandra Hunt Endowed Vocal Scholarship. Additionally, in 2020, he was selected as a Young Artist at SongFest Online. Benjamin is also an experienced choral singer.

Mary Burkhardt Lysaught is donating the grand prize, via The Tom Lysaught Scholarship Fund, in honor of her late husband. The winner will be selected by the renowned group of carefully-selected judges – Juilliard’s Jorge Parodi, the Metropolitan Opera’s Howard Watkins, VOICE Composer in Residence Michael Ching, Northwestern Professor Emeritus Dr. Bernard J. Dobroski, as well as VOICExperience’s Executive Director Maria Zouves.

The Milnes VOICE Studio Online offers a variety of opportunities to develop the singer as a whole artist in preparation for their next step. Participants will come away with new recordings, head shots, career advice, and defined goals. During the week, singers also participate in career development workshops, with topics ranging from vocal health to personal branding.

“We are immensely pleased we are still able to host ‘Opera Idol’ this year, but in a different format, as it presents an outstanding opportunity for young singers who stand to benefit from attending our programs,” Zouves said. “Sherrill and I are so proud to be able to offer aspiring artists the chance to hone their craft while learning more about the performing arts. It’s very rewarding for us, the audience and for those chosen to participate.”

Opera Idol was conceived by Milnes and Zouves as part of their non-profit vocal training organization, VOICExperience Foundation, when the two served as faculty at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. The contest aims to showcase and encourage budding opera stars in a format that emulates popular television shows featuring talent searches.

Milnes, who is a John Evans Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus, and Zouves, who taught the opera workshop as adjunct, joined Northwestern’s faculty after Milnes concluded a long career on all the major stages of the operatic world, including the Metropolitan Opera, where he was the leading baritone for over three decades. It was during this time frame that they founded VOICExperience and, subsequently, Opera Idol.

Streaming “Idol” in this format also allows for more audiences to get to know and enjoy this continuing initiative in the programs. After going online in May 2020, the Milnes VOICE Programs, namely, Savannah VOICE Festival and VOICExperience, have reached over 22 countries with their programming, special concerts, and educational events.

To learn more about Opera Idol, VOICExperience or the Milnes VOICE Programs or to support young artists, please visit www.VOICExperienceFoundation.org.

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Editor’s Notes

VOICExperience Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to pass on the traditions of great singing and develop new audiences for opera. Under the umbrella of The Sherrill Milnes VOICE Programs, VOICExperience continues its dedication to the quality, integrity and perpetuation of the vocal arts through life-changing intensives, performances, and community-enriching outreach events in New York, Georgia (with its sister organization, the Savannah VOICE Festival), Florida and Illinois. For more information, please visit www.VOICExperienceFoundation.org.

SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO LIVE EVENTS

SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO LIVE EVENTS

SAVANNAH, GA – April 28, 2021 – Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) announces a return to live events, outside, masked and socially distanced in line with local and CDC guidelines, on May 13 and May 16, 2021. 

On Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m., artist Lauren Jelencovich will present a 60-minute concert of opera classics, Broadway favorites and popular hits, accompanied by pianist Assaf Gleizner, in Pop Goes Puccini. The event is sponsored by Middy Larson and introduces VOICExperience alumna Lauren Jelencovich to Savannah. This talented soprano performed in the virtual 2021 VOICE Gala earlier this year. On May 13 this dynamic artist will share her music and stories from the VOICE studios to the world’s stages, touring with the world renowned Yanni and recording opera, musical theatre, and popular song. This event will take place on the outdoor patio at Savannah’s Demere Center for Living, 6000 Business Center Drive, located just off Chatham Parkway. Tickets for the concert and reception are priced at $55 per person with a limited number available to ensure social distancing. For more information and to purchase tickets please call 855.766.7372 or visit www.savannahvoicefestival.org

On Sunday, May 16, from 1-3 p.m., SVF joins Hospice Savannah for Back to Before – A Live Juke Box Experience. Celebrate with Hospice Savannah and the Savannah VOICE Festival and enjoy

performances by Lauren Jelencovich, Jessica Ann Best, Chad Sonka, Mariano Gladić, Jessica Fishenfeld, Scott Joiner, Heather Jones, and Maria Zouves, with Assaf Gleizner on piano. This event will take place on the newly renovated courtyard patio funded by the Dr. Deborah Fulmer and John “Jack” Leigh Endowment at the Hospice In-Patient Unit (formerly Hospice House) at 1352 Eisenhower Drive in Savannah.

Hosted by Suzan Kiepper and Ron Krannich, with Masters of Ceremony Rene & Joe Marinelli, this Live Juke Box Experience by the Savannah VOICE Festival will benefit the work of Hospice Savannah’s Palliative Care. Food and Desserts will be provided by local restaurants: Belfords – Cha Bella – Gaslight Group – The Olde Pink House – Yia Yia’s Kitchen. There will be an exclusive VIP section courtesy of The Grey. For more information about the work of Hospice Savannah visit www.hospicesavannah.org Tickets are $75 per person with VIP tickets priced at $150 and are available by calling 912.629.1043 or emailing LLMcKinnon@HospiceSavannah.org.

“These will be our first in person events in Savannah in over a year and we are very much looking forward to returning to live audiences, strictly adhering to COVID-19 prevention protocols,” said Maria Zouves, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Savannah VOICE Festival. “We’re delighted to present our talented alumni and to partner with Hospice Savannah to support their mission and vital work in the community.”

Savannah VOICE Festival is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit arts organization in the state of Georgia. The Festival brings classical vocal excellence to the Savannah area through a two-week celebration of concerts, events, and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year. Focusing on arts awareness and audience development in the performing arts, it offers music from opera, musical theatre, and popular song. The Savannah VOICE Festival is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Donations are tax-deductible.

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