Third Annual Opera Festival here to showcase local talent
For Texas Hill Country Opera and Arts Foundation, the first opera company in the Hill Country, Fredericksburg is a place where producing opera has become a reality because of the public’s growing interest in opera entertainment and the abundance of local opera singers.
“Fredericksburg is an eclectic haven for heritage, tradition, culture and the arts,” said Arden Dorn, president of the Hill Country Opera and Arts Foundation. “When folks around the nation hear the word ‘Fredericksburg,’ they are as apt to think of Fredericksburg, Texas as Fredericksburg, Va.”
This year, the weeklong opera festival, set for Sept. 22-19, will showcase local talent September Bigelow-van der Stoel. A mezzo soprano, she has brought a commanding presence to both opera and musical theater, Dorn said. Bigelow-van der Stoel is a regularly featured artist with Fredericksburg’s Canto and most recently sang in the Comfort Musicale in Comfort.
“September has sung with opera companies throughout the country and the world. Her opera accomplishments are many. Outside of opera, she debuted at Carnegie Hall, singing Bach’s Magnificat (D major) under the direction of Sir John Rutter and was the mezzo soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, also at Carnegie Hall,” Dorn said.
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