Long Leaf Opera's curtain call will happen March 17. The production company, which has been creating original operas in the Triangle for 16 years, is shutting down for good. Don't be too sad, though; to celebrate its last bows, Long Leaf Opera will hold a festival that includes a master class, a recital and the premiere of its last show, A Shipwreck Opera.
The festivities begin Saturday, March 16, with a master class for singers at 10am. The class will be led by local singers and directors, including Mark Hartman (current director of Avenue Q on Broadway) and Steven Tyler (Guys and Dolls, The Producers). There will be a discussion with all of the instructors and participants will receive tips on how to improve their presentation and vocal abilities.
Long Leaf Opera starts Sunday, March 17, with a recital at 3pm. It will feature 2012 Long Leaf Vocal Competition winner Joana Rosche, who will sing operatic songs as well as music composed by the late Long Leaf Co-Founder Randolph Umberger.
Then, at 7:30pm, the company will debut A Shipwreck Opera in Kenan Auditorium at Durham Academy. Composed by New York's John B. Hedges, the show examines relationships from the past, present and future. Check out a list of the actors here. The opera should be though-provoking and beautiful.
Immediately after the show, there will be an All-Star Concert to honor the cast and Long Leaf Opera. There will be a serenade to honor Randolph and co-founder Benjamin Keaton, which will include scores from past productions. During intermission, enjoy a gala champagne reception catered by Fresno Cafe.
All of the events are free of charge, and everyone is welcome to attend. Visit Long Leaf's website for more details or call 919-942-0972. Should you experience some great workshops and an incredible performance?