SAS Performing Arts DIVA CHAT with Maestro Eve Queler and OONY Executive Director Deborah Surdi
Maestro Eve Queler the founder and conductor emeritus of the Opera Orchestra of New York who has also led many productions in opera houses world wide, and Deborah Surdi former Executive Director of OONY, sit down with Artistic Director Stephen Scovasso to talk about Opera, her career, and the state of the operatic art form.
SAS Performing Arts Company presents A DIVO CHAT with Author and Lecturer William Berger
Author and lecturer William Berger has written such books on music and operatic composers as: Wagner Without Fear (1998), Verdi With a Vengeance (2000), Puccini Without Excuses (2005), all published by Random House. He has also written opera libretti and articles on religion and architecture. He frequently gives lectures on operatic music and composers, and is also a radio commentator and has recently been a regular host for New York Public Radio's Overnight Music and WNYC radio. Since creation of the Metropolitan Opera Radio on Sirius in the Fall of 2006, he writes all the commentaries heard during entractes of historical broadcasts. Berger is currently often a co-host during live Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts. Founder and Artistic Director Stephen Scovasso sits down with William Berger in the first DIVO Chat of the year.Premiered May 23, 2022.
SAS Performing Arts presents A DIVA CHAT with Soprano Luana DeVol and KS Tichina Vaughn
Luana DeVol was born in California. From 1984 to 1987, she was a principal soloist in the German opera ensembles, first in Aachen then in Mannheim, Germany. From 1987 she was a free-lance artist singing in virtually all the major opera houses of the World. Her debut at La Scala was made as Fidelio in the title role under the baton of Lorin Maazel. She also appeared at La Scala as the Dyer’s wife in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten under the baton of Guiseppe Sinopoli. Her Bruennhilde in Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, for which she was awarded “Singer of the Year” award in Germany, was heard in many theaters, including the Bayreuth Festival, the Vienna State Opera, and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. Her appearances included Elektra in Buenos Aires, and a concert performance of Goetterdaemmerung in Abu Dhabi. Most recently she has been appointed to the staff of the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, where she will lead the Wagner Division. Grammy award winning KS Tichina Vaughn is an outstanding American mezzo-soprano, celebrated for her luxuriously rich voice as well as her electrifying stagecraft. She began her career as a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and made her European debut as Mistress Quickly in Falstaff at Staatstheater Stuttgart where she was awarded the title Kammersängerin. From 1998 to 2006 Tichina Vaughn was a principal artist at the State Opera of Stuttgart and was awarded the title Kammersängerin for her successes in such roles as as Eboli ("Don Carlo"), Azucena ( "Il Trovatore"), Venus („Tannhauser“), Herodias ( "Salome"), Fricka ( "Die Walküre"), Waltraute ("Götterdämmerung ") and Erda (" Siegfried "and" Das Rheingold "). Her discography includes the Stuttgart Ring Cycle with appearances as Fricka in („Die Walküre“) and Waltraute in („Die Götterdämmerung“), which was filmed for the Euro Arts distributed DVD and recorded on the Naxos label. Since the 2010/11 season Tichina Vaughn is a principal artist at the Semper Opera Dresden, where she has been heard as Azucena ( "Il Trovatore"), Venus ("Tannhauser" ), Ulrica ( "Un Ballo in Maschera "), Ortrud ( "Lohengrin"), and Eboli ( "Don Carlo"). Tichina is also on the faculty of the Opera Program Berlin and lends her talents in concert appearances with SAS Performing Arts Company