Fall 2014 Masterclasses & Concerts
MORE Opera presents Metropolitan Opera Baritone Richard Hobson in a masterclass preparing the MORE Opera Chorus for October 12th and 15th concert performances of Puccini’s “Tosca,” conducted by Maestro Anton Coppola.
MORE Opera’s innovative and successful training model partners a highly motivated, well trained community chorus with outstanding MET level professional soloists to create grand performances. Come hear a master teacher at work as he discusses the elements of great singing and prepares both trained singers and novices to sing Italian opera.
In addition to the choral preparation, several emerging artists will sing arias and will be critiqued by Hobson during the masterclass. Mark Cogley will accompany the singers at the piano. The masterclass is free and open to the public.
MORE Opera presents:
“An Evening with Maestro Anton Coppola”: Opera Masterclass and Conversation
This event is a precursor to the October 12th and 15th concert performances of Puccini’s “Tosca.”
In addition to the masterclass, Maestro Coppola will reflect on his conducting career, verismo opera, and his unique vision for MORE Opera’s upcoming production of “Tosca” during the 90-minute program.
The masterclass is free and open to the public.
Join Cheryl Warfield and other members of MORE Opera for our special event of the season.
Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. / Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Puccini’s Tosca re-imagined by MORE Opera & Maestro Anton Coppola
Dicapo Opera Theatre, New York, NY
MORE Opera will present a concert production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca with full orchestra. The renowned conductor and composer, Anton Coppola, has been engaged as maestro for this exciting project. The production will star Cheryl Warfield as Tosca and Metropolitan Opera baritone Richard Hobson as Scarpia, and feature the MORE Opera community chorus in concert with full orchestra.
Tosca also includes a children’s chorus that will be recruited and trained through a partnership with one or more schools.
Maestro Anton Coppola is known for his wide range and versatility in the field of music. Included in his extensive experiences are the World premieres of the operas, Borden, Deseret, St. Francis’s of Assisi, Of Mice and Men, as well as numerous Broadway musicals. The EMI recording of the Puccini arias conducted for l’Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano and featuring the celebrated Rumanian soprano, Angela Gheorghiu, won high praise for its distinctive interpretations. Among his other activities are his conducting of the film scores of Godfather III and Dracula, at the invitation of his nephew, Francis Ford Coppola and the composing of various chamber pieces, a comic opera, a violin concerto and a symphony. In addition to a lifetime achievement award from the Puccini Foundation, he is the recipient of honorary Doctorates from the University of Tampa, the University of Quinnipiac and the Manhattan School of Music.