Alums to Assist in Opera Workshop

Six graduates of Duke's opera program return to campus this weekend to assist in workshops

A 2009 Duke opera workshop performance of Die Fledermaus. Photo courtesy Duke music department.
A 2009 Duke opera workshop performance of Die Fledermaus. Photo courtesy Duke music department.

Six Duke alumni working in opera return to campus this weekend for two workshops with current students.

The workshops will be Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 30 at 3 p.m. Each will be in Baldwin Auditorium and are free to students at Duke and other universities. Tickets are $10 for the general public.

The alumni involved include: Anthony Alberti, a 2011 graduate who has performed professionally with the Princeton Festival Opera and the Eastern opera; Marlissa Hudson, a 1999 graduate who has performed with many theater companies and symphonies; and Korland Simmons, a 1996 graduate who most recently performed with the New York City Opera.

Also: Page Stephens, a 2009 graduate who is now the scheduling coordinator for the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas; Sara Womble, a 2010 Duke graduate now a master's student studying vocal performance at Boston University; and Dana Zenobi, a 1999 graduate who teaches voice and other courses at Southwestern University in Texas.

"I think that the wonderful thing about having some of our alums return to work with current students is that the students who are here get a sense of what is ahead for them," said Susan Dunn, Duke's director of opera. "They see that Duke students have been successful in transitioning to graduate school and into a professional life that includes many ways of being involved in music, from active performing life, to teaching, to being in administration of arts organizations."

More information is available here.