Gay Men's Chorus of L.A. Presents Divas 3: Opera Strikes Back
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The last date listed for Divas 3: Opera Strikes Back was Sunday July 29, 2007 / 3:00pm.
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I had never seen the Gay Men's Chorus before but boy am I glad I decided to!
This was an incredible show, filled with talent, humor, and touching parts mixed in.
The choir was great and powerful. Roy Smith, the tenor soloist, was...continued
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This was my 2nd GMCLA event. I took someone who had seen the group before and someone who had never done so. All of us loved it! The vocal abilities of the members was excellent. The use of humor, dancing, guest performers and costumes greatly...continued
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“One of the important links to a glorious tradition in music.” —_Los Angeles Times _
American tenor Roy Cornelius Smith is fast becoming known for his voice of great natural beauty, his compelling dramatic interpretations, and his fine musicianship.
He has already been heard on some of the world’s great operatic stages including the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburger Festspiele, Volksoper Wien, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the New Israeli Opera. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal and with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Upcoming engagements include Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly in Aspen and Styr, Austria; Calaf in Memphis, Charlotte, and Vienna, Austria; Erik in The Flying Dutchman in Grand Rapids; and Aeneas in Les Troyens in Innsbruck, Austria. His concert schedule includes appearances with Signiture Symphony in Tulsa and Venice Symphony in Venice Florida as well as Verdi’s Requiem at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., as well as with Nashville Symphony and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Minnesota Orchestra. He made his debut in Italy with Teatro Lirico di Cagliari when he stepped in at the last minute to perform Hoffegut in Die Vögel. Other recent performances include Calaf in a new production of Turandot, Canio in I Pagliacci, Radames in _A__ï__da_, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Pinkerton in _Madama Butterfly, _Don José in _Carmen, _Hoffegut in Die Vögel (The Birds) by Walter Braunfels, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Riccardo in Verdi’s first opera _Oberto, _Ismaele in _Nabucco, _Laca in _Jenůfa, _Fatty, the bookkeeper, in Weill’s Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny and Der Rabbi in Kurt Weill’s opera, Der Weg, der Verheissung (The Eternal Road),
Awards and honors include being a 1990 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the 1999 MacAllister Awards including the “Audience Favorite Award”, the 1997 Licia Albanese/Puccini International Voice Competition, the Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Awards, and the Eleanor Steber Award from Baltimore Opera. Mr. Smith hails from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music from the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the American Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Bruce Mayhall (Artistic Director) is concluding his sixth year at the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles where season subscriptions and chorus membership are at an all-time high. The Chorus has soared to new heights with its recent historic tour of South America as well as television appearances on “Mad TV,” “Will and Grace” and “Six Feet Under,” release of four compact disks (They Had It Coming, Jerry’s Boys: the Music of Jerry Herman, _Red, White and Blues: An American Music Celebration _and The Best of Times, a recording of the Chorus’ debut performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall), appearances with Lily Tomlin, Jerry Herman, Nancy Dussault, Malcolm Gets, Joanna Gleason, Marilynn Lovell Matz, Susan Egan, Billy Porter, Tierney Sutton, Alan Broadbent, Jane Lanier, Vox Femina Los Angeles, Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, the Southeast Symphony Orchestra and the Chinese Classical Music Ensemble.
Dr. Mayhall has musical degrees from Harding University, Ohio University and the University of Oklahoma. He has taught at Ohio Valley College, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Nevada, Reno. He currently teaches graduate conducting students at California State University Los Angeles. Mayhall now makes his home in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles.
About the Ticket Supplier: Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles
Hailed by the LA Times as “one of the last important links to a glorious tradition in music,” Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles has been a notable part of Southern California for almost thirty-five years. Formed in 1979 as a completely volunteer effort of 99 men, GMCLA has doubled in size, gained professional artistic and administrative staff, toured internationally, released fifteen compact discs, and appeared with numerous stage, film, and television celebrities like Lily Tomlin, Melissa Manchester, Jerry Herman, Valarie Pettiford and LeAnn Rimes.
Among the many “firsts” of this dynamic arts organization, GMCLA was the first gay ensemble to perform for a sitting U.S. President (both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama); the first openly gay performers to be broadcast over Russian television in 1999; the first gay chorus to tour central Europe (1991) and South America (2006), created the original musical “It Gets Better”to combat anti-LGBT bullying (currently on a U.S. tour), and recently performed at the Academy Awards.
In addition to their vocal excellence, GMCLA wows audiences with their uniquely theatrical and inventive productions, performing three major concerts each season. They bring their music education program, Alive Music Project, to high school students across Los Angeles to build bridges between all communities by sharing music and their personal stories. GMCLA sings for a future free from homophobia and discrimination of all kinds.