"Singing Wagner"

Sat May 22 at 1:00pm EDT

Join Internationally acclaimed artistis: Soprano Luana DeVol and Mezzo Soprano KS Tichina Vaughn for a discussion of singing, the path to Wagner, the Stuttgart Ring, The American Wagner Project and Opera Berlin programs

This is a FREE 90 minute session open to singers and non singers.

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Luana DeVol was born in California and is now a resident of Henderson, NV. 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. More recent appearances include Elektra in Buenos Aires, and a concert performance of Goetterdaemmerung in Abu Dhabi. Luana DeVol joined the faculty of University of Nevada Las Vegas in the fall of 2008. She now concentrates on giving Master Classes internationally, maintains a private voice studio, and serves on the panel of experts for the New York based Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges. 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