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Savannah Philharmonic to Present “A Night of Great Opera” on Saturday, April 21, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Royceann Friedman, 912.655.5100

Savannah, GA – Audiences can look forward to sharing the excitement, romance and passion of “A Night of Great Opera” with the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm in the stunning surroundings of the historic Lucas Theatre for the Arts. Performing solos and duets, the highly acclaimed British Soprano Belinda Evans and distinguished Danish Baritone Teit Kanstrup will also join the Philharmonic Chorus to present a selection of the most popular arias and choruses from some of the greatest and most recognizable operas including La Traviata, Aida, Carmen, and The Marriage of Figaro. For a deeper understanding of the music they are about to hear, ticket holders may also choose attend the educational pre-concert talk facilitated by the Savannah Friends of Music at 6:30 pm.

“A Night of Great Opera” is just that, a wonderful evening in a beautiful setting to enjoy your favorite opera arias, overtures and choruses,” states Conductor and Artistic Director Peter Shannon. “It’s all here—La Traviata, Aida, Tannhauser, Marriage of Figaro, Merry Widow, and more. The orchestra is joined by the full Savannah Philharmonic Chorus and two wonderful young and dynamic soloists from London and Copenhagen. Don’t come alone!” he emphasizes, “You’ll want to share this memory with someone close for a while to come.”

The Philharmonic welcomes back to Savannah acclaimed soprano Belinda Evans. After receiving a Vocal Diploma at the Welsh College of Music and Drama following a Music Degree from Bath Spa University College where she studied with Ian Comboy, Evans has based herself in London and is working as a freelance opera singer. She is a permanent soprano of The Choir of the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London, and also teaches singing in schools and colleges there. She has most recently appeared as Mimi on Opera Up Close’s highly praised production of La Boheme at the Soho Theatre in London’s West End, Last autumn, she sang Rosina in the company’s follow up production of The Barber of Seville. Other recent operatic roles include Musetta for New Devon Opera’s production of La Boheme and Rosina for Opera UK’s spring 2009 tour of The Barber of Seville. She has also sung Fiordiligi, Cosi fan tutte, Valencienne, Die Lustige Witwe, and Edith, The Pirates of Penzance.  Evans also has a busy concert schedule with recent solo engagements at Symphony Hall Birmingham, Birmingham NIA, Sherborne Abbey and Bristol Cathedral for a rare performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem. She was also soprano soloist for two anniversary performances of Verdi’s Requiem.

Also joining the performance is the much admired baritone, Teit Kanstrup. Born in Denmark, Kanstrup began singing in the Cathedral Boys Choir and later gained his first experiences as a soloist. In 2000 he started his singing and teaching studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen taught by Lars Waage. He gave his final recital in June 2006 and received his Diploma in Performance with distinction. Kanstrup finished his studies in London with the Royal Academy Opera at the Rolay Academy of Music in 2008 where he was taught by Glenville Hargreaves and Ingrid Surgenor. By the end of his studies, he was awarded a Dip RAM for an outstanding final recital. Besides working on a regular basis with the many distinguished coaches at RAM, he also attended master classes with Robert Tear, John Tomlinson and Dennis O’Neill.

In 2007 Kanstrup had the privilege to sing the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro with Sir Colin Davis conducting. Other previous operatic engagements include roles in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Puccini’s La Boheme and Gianni Schicchi, Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, Verdi’s La Traviata, and Tjajkovskij’s Iolanta. Kanstrup frequently appears as soloist in oratorio and concert repertoire, most recently Handel’s Samson and Messiah, as well as Brahm’s Requiem, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle.

Tickets for “A Night of Great Opera” are now available for purchase by calling the box office at (912) 525-5050 or online at www.savannahphilharmonic.org. Ticket prices are $16 – $55 with limited premium seating at $65.

The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra is a professional per-service symphony orchestra. The Savannah Philharmonic Chorus is a community-based auditioned ensemble that works regularly with the orchestra in an oratorio and opera setting, as well as performing a wide range of music from a cappella Baroque to rock and pop standards. For more information please visit www.savannahphilharmonic.org.