Italian Opera Festival: All Puccini's Heroines

Date: 10.26.2014

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Soka Performing Arts Center

Italian American Opera Foundation

The Italian American Opera Foundation presents


Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Excerpts from: La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Le Villi, Manon Lescaut, La Rondine, Turandot

Mariangela Spotorno, Soprano & the winners of The Seven Stars Project 2014

IAOF Philharmonic Orchestra

Stefano Vignati, Conductor

ITALIAN AMERICAN OPERA FOUNDATION (IAOF) was created with the aspiration to develop a cultural bridge between Italy and the United States. IAOF was formed to unite the most talented young Opera singers and musicians in an ensemble that transcends cultural and geographical boundaries – all in the common pursuit of musical excellence and to create a community for their families and the people that support their passion for music. The purpose of the Foundation is to rekindle a passion for Opera by bringing large productions and Master Classes to United States and with them a taste of Italy, its culture, arts, and style.

Italian Conductor STEFANO VIGNATI was born in Rome (Italy) and made his debut in the United States in February of 1998. Stefano studied music, composition, and conducting extensively and received high honors. Upon finishing his education, Stefano began his professional career in Italy and eventually worldwide enlarging his area of experience.

THE SEVEN STARS PROJECT: The Seven Stars is a project dedicated to up and coming lyric talents. The Italian American Opera Foundation (IAOF) in partnership with Viterbo Artemusica, Italian non-profit organization, offered to extraordinary young talents the opportunity to debut in the 3rd edition of the Italian Opera Festival™ in Los Angeles and Aliso Vejo, and in the 9th edition of the Tuscia Operafestival in Italy (Rome and Viterbo, July 2015). The winning talents also received a scholarship of $4,000 that will go toward their travelling expenses to Italy.

The Winners of the Seven Stars Project 2014 Are:
Leah McIntire Barnett, Soprano (pictured above)
Abigaille Grosche, Isobel Anthony, Sopranos
Pamela Williamson, Mezzosoprano
Alfredo Martirena, Tenor
Daniel Grambow, Baritone
Sean Galligan,  Bass-Baritone

Tickets: $59.00/$49.00 for Students and Seniors (62+)

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Stay for Dinner!  Soka Bistro is open for dinner M-F 5:30-7:00 pm, Sat/Sun 5:00-7:00 pm. Only $10.95 for an all you can eat buffet.

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