VOICEXPERIENCE ANNOUNCES 2022 OPERA IDOL WINNER

SAVANNAH, GA – May 16, 2022 – VOICExperience (VE) announces that soprano Sydney Fabregas is the Grand Prize winner of the 16th annual Opera Idol competition Sponsored by The Tom Lysaught Scholarship Fund. Opera Idol is a competition where young singers from around the country are invited to compete for a full scholarship to attend and study at the Milnes VOICE Studio. This summer the Milnes VOICE Studio will be held at Iowa State University.

Fabregas is an emerging American soprano pursuing a career in classical performance. Her recent performance highlights include operatic and music-theater roles such as Serpetta in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, La Princesse in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, La Fée in Viardot’s Cendrillon and Louise in Sondheim’s Gypsy. This year, she plans to perform more, continue operating her teaching studio, and complete her Carnegie Mellon University Master’s degree. 

“The judges had a very hard decision this year selecting just one winner,” said Milnes VOICE Programs’ Executive Director Chad Sonka.  “In the end, what set Sydney [Fabregas] apart was her opulent voice and we believe that the Milnes VOICE Studio will strengthen her gift even more and catapult her career above and beyond.”

The esteemed panel of judges for this year’s competition were Presidents and Co-Founders of the Milnes VOICE Programs Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves, Artistic Director Jorge Parodi, Andrew Bisantz with the Eugene Opera, Dr. Bernard J. Dobroski with Northwestern University, and Milnes VOICE Programs’ Composer-in-Residence Michael Ching.

VOICExperience will be broadcasting the competition recording at 2 p.m. Sunday May 29 and is free to watch at www.voicexperiencefoundation.org. 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.

Zouves and Milnes, who hosted and conducted the competition in a master class format, concurred that the level of talent they witness at Opera Idol continues an undeniably impressive upward swing.

For more information on Opera Idol or VOICExperience, please call 855-76-OPERA or visit www.voicexperiencefoundation.org.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The 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 VOICEXPERIENCE FOUNDATION, A MILNES VOICE  PROGRAM, UNVEILS 2022 VOICE AWARD RECIPIENT AND ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL ANNUAL GALA – MAY 3, 2022

SAVANNAH, GA – March 31, 2022 – The VOICExperience Foundation, a Sherrill Milnes VOICE Program, has announced the 2022 VOICE Gala: Celebrating the American Voice, slated for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. This virtual event will honor the 2022 Sherrill Milnes VOICE Awardee, mezzo Frederica von Stade, and celebrate the Savannah VOICE Festival’s 10-year anniversary.

The gala will be hosted by Milnes VOICE Programs Co-Founders and Presidents, Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves, along with Executive Director, Chad Sonka, and Artistic Director, Jorge Parodi. This digital performance will feature appearances by opera legends Denyce Graves, Fabrizio Melano, James Morris, Diana Soviero and Richard Stillwell as well as by beloved VOICE artists of now and yesteryear. 

An annual Fundraiser for VOICExperience since 2015, the Gala raises crucial funds for arts education. After an online gala in 2021, the program decided to go online again for this fun, entertaining and thoughtful stream. With a goal of 600 hours of arts education, support will allow the programs to offer extraordinary mentorship, training and outreach to artists and communities around the nation.

During the gala, renowned American mezzo-soprano, Frederica von Stade, will be presented with the prestigious 2022 Milnes VOICE Award. Past honorees include opera legends Martina Arroyo, James Morris, Neil Shicoff, Diana Soviero, Mignon Dunn and the late composer Carlisle Floyd.

 “We are delighted to honor Frederica von Stade as our 2022 Milnes VOICE awardee and raise funds in support of our training programs this year,” said Zouves. “We know from over 20 years’ experience that just one hour of training can change a young artist’s life and this gala is an important fundraiser for these programs.”  

Ms. von Stade’s career has taken her to the stages of the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. She began at the top, when she received a contract from Sir Rudolf Bing during Metropolitan Opera auditions, and since her debut in 1970 she has sung nearly all of her great roles with that company. In January 2000, the company celebrated the 30th anniversary of her debut with a new production of The Merry Widow to honor her, and in 1995, as a celebration of her 25th anniversary, the Metropolitan Opera created a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande. In addition, Ms. von Stade has appeared with every leading American opera company, including San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Los Angeles Opera. Her career in Europe has been no less spectacular, with new productions mounted for her at Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, and the Paris Opera. She is invited regularly by the finest conductors, among them Claudio Abbado, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Leonard Slatkin, and Michael Tilson Thomas, to appear in concert with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Washington’s National Symphony, and the Orchestra of La Scala.

Those who donate one hour or more of arts education will be invited to access this special digital performance. 

To donate or request an invitation, please visit www.VOICExperienceFoundation.org. 

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Editor’s Note: The 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.VOICExperience.org. 

DANIEL COHEN APPOINTED TO SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES

SAVANNAH, GA – March 10, 2022 – Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) has announced the appointment of a new board of trustees member, Daniel “Danny” Cohen, who will help lead the organization in the upcoming years.

Cohen graduated from Presbyterian College with a voice performance degree in 1982 and earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1985. He has earned an AV preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and a listing in The Best Lawyers in America for work in the practice area of Alternative Dispute Resolution since 2008. Cohen also uses his expertise to serve and give back to many nonprofit organizations in the Savannah area including leading the American Traditions Vocal Collection as board president from 2015 to 2018. In addition, he was a former member of the Board of Trustees at Savannah Country Day School, is a Rotarian and has served as an Elder and headed numerous committees at First Presbyterian Church of Savannah. He is presently a Senior Neutral at Miles Mediation & Arbitration, having opened the Savannah office in 2016.

“I have been an active vocalist in the Savannah area over the last 35 years and am so pleased to be serving on the board of the Savannah VOICE Festival because it is an organization I have supported for many years,” he said. “I believe that my background, expertise, and love for vocal performance will allow me to make a positive impact on the future of the festival and the vocal arts in Savannah.”

SVF was founded in 2012 by opera legend Sherrill Milnes and his wife, Maria Zouves. Under the umbrella of the Milnes VOICE Programs, which also includes SVF’s sister organization VOICExperience Foundation, this nonprofit arts organization brings classical vocal excellence to Savannah with three weeks of operatic and musical theater productions, events and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the rest of the year. The members of the Milnes VOICE Program team are committed to increasing the community’s awareness of the importance of developing the vocal arts through community-enriching, educational presentations, and events. The organization hosts a full range of different programs and continually offers accessible events to the public as well as undertaking an extensive educational outreach program. 

“We are so fortunate to have a talented and well-accomplished individual like Danny on SVF’s board,” said President and Co-Founder Maria Zouves. “He will bring a fresh perspective to our board and help us fulfill SVF’s next strategic plans.” 

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 celebration of concerts, events and educational presentations. 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.

For more information about the Savannah VOICE Festival please visit www.savannahvoicefestival.org

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MILNES VOICE PROGRAMS ANNOUNCE 2022 VOCAL INTENSIVES NATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM – LEARN FROM A LEGEND

SAVANNAH, GA – March 2, 2022 – The Milnes VOICE Programs have been nurturing and training vocal artists for 22 years. Led by opera legend Sherrill Milnes, and his wife soprano Maria Zouves, the organization’s vocal intensive programs offer the highest level of training. The programs are now open for applications and include virtual and in-person options, featuring leaders from the world of opera, including tuition from Maestro Milnes himself, delivering a personalized experience for each singer that enrolls.

The Milnes VOICE Programs incorporating VOICExperience, Savannah Opera and Savannah VOICE Festival, were founded on the musical principles of a golden age of opera. During the long and prolific career of its founder, Sherrill Milnes, the generation of artists with whom he collaborated represented some of the greatest singers, directors and conductors in the history of opera.  Richard Tucker, Robert Merrill, Leontyne Price, Anna Moffo, Joan Sutherland, Renata Tebaldi, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Franco Zefferelli, Karl Boehm, George Solti, Herbert Von Karajan and so many other legends have shared the stage with the founder, teacher and musical force that is Sherrill Milnes.

Milnes passes his experiences, insight and musical knowledge onto the young artists who attend these programs. His guidance enables them to keep the great traditions of opera alive today for audiences to experience and enjoy. From dramatic training to role study and audition preparation during the summer programs, artists have many opportunities to improve their skills with a focus on development of the whole artist from technique and performance to professional development and personal branding. Artists also have the unique opportunity to strategize their career paths with industry professionals in a nurturing environment.

“It’s so special to our faculty to be able to watch singers grow and improve their vocal skills as they progress through these workshops,” said Milnes VOICE Programs Co-Founder and President, Maria Zouves. “In order to continue offering high-quality vocal training the Milnes VOICE Programs have embraced technology to take our programs online during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are retaining this aspect to extend our programs across a wider geographical region but we are excited to be able to also return to in-person intensives this year.” 

This vocal intensives series will kick off with the VOICE Virtual online intensive, which is slated for April 25-30, allows for flexibility in attendees schedules and locations. The program, suitable for singers college age and above, offers a mix of vocal coaching, career consultation and professional development workshops for the whole artist. Tuition for this intensive is $600. For more information or to apply for this online program, visit www.voicexperiencefoundation.org/voice-virtual/. 

The series of intensives will continue from May 31-June 7 with the in-person Florida VOICE Project, which is held in beautiful and historic Tarpon Springs, Florida with performances at the beautiful St. Nicholas Cathedral. The Florida VOICE Project is a small intensive that offers singers quality time to focus on what matters most to them. The VOICExperience faculty and staff care about the WHOLE singer and will take singers at any level of their journey and move them on to the next place in their development through honest evaluation and strategic planning. The Florida VOICE Project is available for all ages based on acceptance into the program through an online audition process. Acceptance is based on readiness for the program structure, potential and ability. Tuition for this program is $1,000. To learn more or apply, visit www.voicexperiencefoundation.org/florida-voice-project/.

Next in the series is Camp VOICE, appropriate for singers between the ages of 15 to 19 years old. This program will take place July 17-24 at the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa and offers mentorship for the young singer as they transition into serious classical study. Daily class topics include diction and interpretation, college and career preparation, and stage deportment. Tuition for this program is $1,000. Find out more about this program or apply online at www.voicexperiencefoundation.org/camp-voice/. 

The summer workshop series will conclude with the Milnes VOICE Studio, which is slated for July 17-30 also at the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa. This program offers a variety of opportunities to develop the singer as a whole artist in preparation for the next step in their careers. The Milnes VOICE Studio intensive, tailored to individual singers needs and goals, offers the opportunity to coach new repertoire and learn new stage skills, learn a role in productions of Menotti’s The Medium and great moments from Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon, working with top international faculty, and also learn important audition techniques. Tuition for this session is $1,950 and applicants must be 20 years of age or above. www.voicexperiencefoundation.org/milnes-voice-studio/. 

For more information about these summer intensives, please contact VOICExperience Managing Director, Lani Winskye, at lani@voicexperiencefoundation.org. To learn more about the VOICExperience organization, visit www.voicexperiencefoundation.org. 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The 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.

VOICEXPERIENCE RETURNS TO TARPON SPRINGS TO PRESENT “VOICES IN THE CATHEDRAL” CONCERT –  MARCH 20

TARPON SPRINGS, FL – MAR. 1, 2022 The VOICExperience Foundation (VE) is returning to Tarpon Springs and is slated to present “VOICES in the Cathedral” on Sunday, March 20. This uplifting 75 minute concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. at St. Nicholas Cathedral, located at 36 N Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 as a part of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s Lenten Concert Series.

VOICExperience, co-founded by opera legend, Sherrill Milnes, will present a program including sacred and classical music, with songs of inspiration that highlight the breadth of talent and repertoire in the Milnes VOICE Programs. The VE artists scheduled to perform include President and Co-Founder of the Milnes VOICE Programs Maria Zouves, soprano, Executive Director and baritone Chad Sonka, Hope Metts, soprano, Jessica Ann Best, mezzo, Jean Carlos Rodriguez, baritone, and Artistic Director Jorge Parodi on the piano.

“We are so excited to bring the joy of live vocal performances to Tarpon Springs as part of St. Nicholas Ministries’ Lenten Concert Series,” said co-host and co-founder of VE, Maria Zouves. “The Milnes VOICE Programs look forward to performing our songs of inspiration during this sacred time of year in the church calendar.”  

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for children under 12 years old. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended as this event tends to sell out quickly. For tickets, please call St. Nicholas Cathedral at 727-937-3540 or John Lulias at 727-642-9072. 

The 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 on the mission of VOICExperience, please visit www.VOICExperienceFoundation.org.

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WORLD-RENOWNED OPERATIC BARITONE SHERRILL MILNES STARS IN OPERA NAPLES’ PRODUCTION OF ‘ON THE TOWN’ – MARCH 14, 2022 

NAPLES, FL – Feb. 15, 2022 – World-renowned operatic baritone Sherrill Milnes has been invited by Opera Naples to star as the narrator of their production of the Broadway classic, On the Town. The one-time performance of this musical will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 14 in Cambier Park located at 755 8th Ave S, Naples, FL.

On the Town is set in New York City where three sailors are caught up in a whirlwind of an adventure searching for love 24-hours before heading off to battle in World War II. This musical is based on the 1944 ballet Fancy Free. Developed by Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the musical score of On the Town has produced several songs that remain as some of the largest Broadway hits to date. 

“I have gotten to know Sherrill over the years now and working with him again will be such a joy,” said Artistic Director, Ramón Tebar, “We are thrilled to have him joining our cast for this American classic. Sherrill Milnes is one of the greatest and most distinguished American baritones and we are honored to have his participation in our Festival. This will definitely be a performance to remember.” 

Milnes is the winner of three Grammy Awards and is the most recorded American singer of his time. In 2008, Milnes received the Opera News Award for Distinguished Achievement for his world-renowned work. Milnes has sung in over 650 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, where he was honored with 16 new productions, seven opening nights, and 10 national telecasts. As a leading artist in the world’s great opera houses, Milnes has performed and recorded with Domingo, Pavarotti, Caballé, Sutherland, Sills, Horne, Price and Tebaldi. 

Tickets for On the Town currently start at $28 for general admission. Opera Naples members will receive discounted tickets. Limited wheelchair accessibility is available. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.operanaples.org/on-events/on-the-town-2022/, call (239) 963-9050 or email info@operanaples.org. 

 

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SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ARTISTIC COLLABORATION IN SAVANNAH – JAN. 22-23

SAVANNAH, GA – January 10, 2022 Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) has partnered with leading arts organizations in the city of Savannah including Historic Savannah Foundation/Davenport House Museum and Savannah African Art Museum for a weekend of artistic collaboration on January 22 and 23. The events will include new artists and the new Executive Director, Chad Sonka. They will be joined by presidents and co-founders Maria Zouves and Sherrill Milnes.

Responding to COVID safety needs, the weekend of collaboration will start with a free live-streamed event on the evening of Saturday, January 22. SVF has partnered with the Savannah African Art Museum (SAAM) to create a virtual live experience where SVF artists perform a repertoire of music interspersed with SAAM Chief Curator, Billie Stultz, introducing highlights from the museum’s extensive collection of African art. The concert will be streamed from 6-7 p.m. and will be available on SVF’s website, www.savannahvoicefestival.org and SAAM’s website, www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org. 

The next event, which is free and open to the public, takes place on Sunday, January 23 with the inaugural “Songs and Stories in the Squares”, a new partnership between SVF and Historic Savannah Foundation. The event will begin at 2 p.m. outside the Davenport House Museum, 324 E State St., Savannah, GA 31401, on Columbia Square. Docents and HSF supporters will give 10-minute lectures in Columbia, Greene, and Crawford Squares and SVF artists will perform selections, two songs in each square, that complement the theme of the lectures. Artists include Chad Sonka, Peter Lake, Kyaunnee Richardson, and Sara Zoe Budnik will present repertoire accompanied by Savannah VOICE Festival Composer-in-Residence, Michael Ching. Contingency plans have been put in place in case of bad weather.

“It is important for us at the Savannah VOICE Festival to support and promote all forms of art and to follow our mission of providing educational and creative programs not only during our August festival, but throughout the year,” said Executive Director Chad Sonka. “Even with the growing concerns of COVID-19 in our community, we are incredibly lucky that we have been able to continue these collaborative initiatives outdoors and virtually so we can continue to provide and support the arts in Savannah.” 

For more information about these events and how to get tickets and/or register, 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 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. 

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