Triangle Opera Studios makes Durham its home

May. 23, 2013 @ 03:27 PM

Triangle Opera Studios, which gives local opera singers with potential for careers as professionals a chance to perform, is moving to Durham. The studio’s new home for rehearsals, master classes and performances will be the Durham School of the Arts.
Triangle Opera Studios will present its first series of performances at DSA June 7-9, with two popular works by Italian-American composer and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti.
The studio, founded in 2009, gives aspiring singers a chance to perform operas and attend master classes with prominent singers and coaches.
In addition to performances, Triangle Opera Studios will be an active collaborator with Durham School of the Arts faculty. Students will be able to attend rehearsals and participate in productions where possible.
“We are very grateful to DSA’s Principal David Hawks, faculty and staff for making this collaboration happen,” said Christine Weidinger, founder and director of the Triangle Opera Studios. Weidinger is a former star soprano who has sung at most of the world’s leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera.
Weidinger is devoted to the stated mission of her organization. “We are focused on the singers, who are not paid a dime to perform. They may help defray some of the production costs but that is nothing compared to the large tuitions most companies like ours charge singers to perform in their programs,” she said.
The Menotti program features “The Old Maid and the Thief” (1939), originally composed for radio broadcast, and “The Medium” (1946), Menotti’s first international success. Performances are slated for June 7 and 8 at 7 p.m., with a matinee on June 9 at 2 p.m. at Durham School of the Arts’ Weaver Auditorium, 400 N. Duke St.
The performances are free and open to the public. Donations to help defray expenses are welcomed.
Conducted by Al Sturgis and staged by Ken Smith, each performance also features WCPE’s Bob Chapman as announcer with piano accompaniment by Catherine Hamner.
For more information, visit www.triangleoperastudios.org.