The UW-Whitewater Division of Music sang for scholarships in “A Evening on the Opera” Tuesday, Mar. 2.
The division featured each voice and piano college performing opera works from their favourite composers equivalent to Handel, Mozart, Wagner Strauss and extra. Voices included professors Brian Leeper, Jessica Schwefel, Adam Shelton and Rachel Wooden with MyungHee Chung on the piano.
“Though the COVID-19 pandemic has compelled artists to reimagine the efficiency expertise, we’re excited to proceed to share our artwork with the Whitewater group and past,” stated Wooden. “Even with out the staging, the costumes, or the stay viewers, the wonderful music and highly effective tales stand on their very own, and we have now the chance to current them in a unique approach. Most significantly, although, we’re doing so safely: all the performances had been recorded in actual time in separate areas utilizing low-latency know-how.”
Dr. Wooden sings mezzo-soprano and has appeared in performances of opera, live performance and recital throughout america, Canada, Italy and the Netherlands. An honorable point out is her efficiency of the title position in “The Rape of Lucretia.” She additionally carried out as Dame Doleful within the Canadian premier of “Too Many Sopranos.”
Wooden is just not the one college member with some spectacular moments in her profession. Brian Leeper grew to become part of the UW-Whitewater music college in 2004 and sings as a baritone. Leeper at present teaches Studio Voice, the Meistersingers Choir and directs the Opera Workshop. Leeper has carried out over 20 main opera roles together with his most up-to-date solo appearances as Brahms Deutsches Requiem, Elijah, The Creation and extra.
Tenor Adam Shelton is just not solely a singer, however can also be a trainer and director transplanted from Tennessee. Shelton has been in productions with Madison Opera, Music Theatre of Madison, 4 Seasons Theatre and Des Moines Metro Opera, amongst others.
Dr. Jessica Schwefel sings mezzo soprano and has carried out in over 30 operatic productions with Madison Opera, Opera for the Younger, Fresco Opera Theatre, UW Opera, Music By The Lake, and plenty of others. She additionally participated within the Florentine recordings of “Elmer Gantry” and “Rio de Sangre” which earned three Grammy Awards in 2012 and 2013.
Pianist Dr. Chung can also be nicely traveled, having carried out all through america, Canada, Mexico and Asia. She has been a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a recipient of quite a few nationwide and worldwide awards together with first prize on the 1977 William Kapell Maryland Worldwide Piano Competitors, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Younger Performer’s Competitors, Portland Symphony Orchestra Competitors and The Juilliard Concerto Competitors.
“School performers Wooden, Leeper, Shelton, Schwefel and Chung have a powerful listing of credit to their identify,” stated School of Arts & Communication Director of Advertising and marketing and Occasions Audra Lange.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made conditions lower than supreme for these performers, nevertheless, they had been in a position to rise above the adversity and collaborate their skills with the assistance of a program referred to as Soundjack.
“Soundjack is a low-latency audio platform that enables musicians to collaborate in real-time over the web. Not like different in style on-line platforms equivalent to Zoom, Soundjack reduces the latency to an imperceptible quantity. UW-Whitewater college use Soundjack to soundly educate utilized classes, maintain rehearsals, and to collaborate on recordings and performances like this one,” stated Wooden.
This new program has not solely helped the Division of Music right here at Whitewater, however has additionally aided the Division of Theatre and Dance for his or her manufacturing of “Antigone” that might be launched later in March.
To look at the Music Mosaics Live performance “A Evening on the Opera” go to the School of Arts & Communication YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcnXzaEHojQ.