Along with wine and conversation, the event will include a sampling of operatic arias, cabaret and dance selections to showcase the talent represented by the Brooklyn Opera Works and their Summer Vocal Arts program.
The Brooklyn Opera Works’ Summer Vocal Arts program is now in its sixth year. It allows young and emerging vocal artists an opportunity to receive rigorous conservatory-level raining in operatic singing, acting, vocal technique, diction, dance and stage presence.
Past productions from the program include Henry Purcell's “Dido & Aeneas,” C.W. Gluck's “Echo et Narcisse” and Summer Vocal Arts Jr productions of "Love in any Language" and "Cupid's Arrow."
In 2018 they plan to present John Blow's baroque masterpiece "Venus and Adonis", annual "A Brooklyn Cabaret" and will feature the one-act contemporary opera "All Wounds Bleed" by artistic advisory board member Christopher Cerrone. Cerrone is a winner of a 2015 Rome Prize and a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize.
Organizers will also display selected costumes and artwork that were featured in both past and 2018 productions.
Contributions will help support the production of the chamber operas, as well as provide scholarships for deserving students who would not otherwise be able to participate in the program.
With a long tradition in opera, the Brooklyn Music School is working to expand the opportunities for young and emerging opera singers, with future Fall and Spring programs planned through the Brooklyn Opera Works program that will include the production of original new works and opera performance in non-traditional spaces and under-served audiences.
Brooklyn Opera Works’ Artistic Director Lina Tetriani will host the event, which will feature Wagnerian tenor Adam Herskowitz of the Metropolitan Opera. They will be joined by advisory board member Anthony Laciura, who has appeared on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera over 800 times and a tenor. Laciura also recently won praise for his role as Eddie Kessler in Martin Scorsese's “Boardwalk Empire.”
An Evening of Opera and Cabaret Concert and Benefit for Brooklyn Opera Works will begin at 7 p.m. in the Elliot Room at the First Presbyterian Church, 124 Henry Street, in Brooklyn Heights.
Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here.