WE ARE BRINGING ITALY TO YOU
March 11, 2021
OPERA COLUMBUS’ 2021 GALA INCLUDES…
Getting dressed up in glamorous evening attire for an engaging at-home gala experience where you will enjoy amazing Opera performances by OC alumni and friends, indulge in a decadent Italian meal delivered to your home, and celebrate our season and the operatic experience.
For the meal, we have partnered with LA Catering — the social enterprise arm of LifeCare Alliance, which supports our community through the Meals on Wheels Program. Until we can perform in our own Southern Theatre again, we are grateful for the support you provide for both Opera Columbus and our mission to transform and advance the art of opera.
American operatic baritone Eric McKeever has won consistent praise for his voice of “power and brilliance” (Chicago Tribune) and “considerable flexibility and a communicative presence enhanced by expressive, crystalline diction.” (Opera News)
Eric’s 2020-2021 season includes recording Kamala Sankaram’s Looking at You and Experiments in Opera’s Aqua Net and Funyuns podcast opera, performing Dandini in Opera on Tap’s digital version of La Cenerentola, performing live in Salt Marsh Opera’s outdoor “Music at the Lighthouse” concert, joining Little Opera Theatre of NY in a live-stream of Zemlinksy’s Eine florentische tragödie, and returning to Opera Columbus for Marcello in a new production of La bohème.
Eric is a frequent performer with Opera Columbus having recently appeared as Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Betto (Gianni Schicchi) and Marcello in 2016’s La bohème.
A winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Miles Mykkanen has garnered recognition on the world’s concert and operatic stages for his “focused, full-voiced tenor” (The New York Times).
Highlights of the recent past include performances with the Canadian Opera Company, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Cleveland Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Opera, New York Philharmonic, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, with the symphonies of Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Antonio, and at the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, and Tanglewood festivals.
A champion of new music, he has collaborated in the world premieres of works by Matthew Aucoin, Mohammed Fairouz, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Jack Perla amongst others.
The tenor enjoys robust relationships with the Marlboro Music Festival and New York Festival of Song with whom he has given many performances joined by Michael Barrett, Steven Blier, Malcolm Martineau, Ken Noda, Mitsuko Uchida, and Roger Vignoles.
Miles Mykkanen earned his Artist Diploma in Opera Studies, along with his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, from The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Cynthia Hoffmann.
Soprano Marcy Richardson has brought the craft of marrying aerial arts and acrobatic pole with live classical singing and burlesque to opera and entertainment companies worldwide. Based in Brooklyn, she has become a staple of the NYC nightlife scene, where she performs with Company XIV, Duane Park, and the Bartschland Follies. She is equally at home on the operatic and concert stage, and has performed as a soloist in many of New York’s most acclaimed concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Obviously furloughed, she’s been hanging in a hoop from fire escapes in both her backyard and over the street at Duane Park for “outdoor dining with ambient street performance” in sub zero temps while singing in a mask without batting an eyelash. She was the 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award winner for Best Female Performance in an opera for her portrayal of Amour in Gluck’s Orphée with Against the Grain Theater and Opera Columbus. She recently appeared as Star in the movie “Hustlers.”
More to be announced soon!