Raise a Glass! An Afternoon With Opera On Tap

“21 and Counting” 21st Season February concert program features soloists from the local chapter of Opera on Tap performing much loved favorites from operatic repetoire.

February 16, 2020 3:30pm
Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College
4800 E Huron River Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48105

“21 and Counting” 21st Season February concert program features soloists from the local chapter of Opera on Tab performing much loved favorites from the operatic repertoire.

YPSILANTI — Music Director Adam C. Riccinto and the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra (YSO) continue their 21st season with a concert at Towsley Auditorium Washtenaw Community College on Sunday, February 16 at 3:30pm in which they will “Raise a Glass” with Opera on Tap.

The program will feature selections from Bizet – Carmen Suites 1 and 2, Wagner – Overture to Die Meistersinger, Rossini – Overture to the Barber of Seville, and more.

In keeping with the theme “21 and Counting”, in which each concert features a composition from recent times, the program will feature “Some Enchanted Evening” from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific and “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables.

Opera on Tap is the largest network of operatic performing artists in the country, taking a local and fun approach to performing in their local communities. The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chapter of OOT can often be found performing on the first Tuesday of each month at Ypsilanti’s Sidetrack Restaurant. This concert will feature 3 Opera on Tap performers: Ko Kaiden, Jennifer Noel, and Glenn Perry.

About Our Soloists:

Ko Kaiden, Baritone, is a highly versatile musician and a seasoned performer in opera, oratorio and art song, capable of singing in more than ten languages. His performances are enhanced by a deep understanding of human nature and spirituality, informed by his study of psychology and experience as a soloist in a wide spectrum of churches and synagogues. He has performed more than fifty operatic roles in the eastern United States and Poland, including Conte in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Malatesta in Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” Schaunard in Puccini’s “La Bohème,” and Marszałek in “Halka” by Polish composer Moniuszko at the Kennedy Center. Francisco Casanova of the Metroplitan Opera has praised him for his “musical sensitivity” and “intelligence in the delivery of text.” His oratorio solo performances include Messiah, Haydn’s “Creation” (Adam), and Mozart’s “Great Mass in C,” “Requiem” by Mark Hayes, and R V Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols”. Already master of multiple languages, he expanded his musical and linguistic range by collaborating with Pablo Zinger in performances of Spanish/Latin American art songs, zarzuela and tango music in New York City. He also performed this repertoire in Spain. In addition, he sang at a historical Italian restaurant in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, learning Neapolitan diction and absorbing southern Italian culture. He later visited the Italian island of Ischia in Naples to deepen his skills, and was invited to sing a Neapolitan song at “La Festa di
San Vito in Forio d’Ischia.”
Jennifer Noel A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, soprano Jennifer Noel has been praised as a voice of size and beauty. She recently participated in Opera Soutwest’s Young Artist Program singing the role of Fanny in Rossini’s first opera La cambiale di matrimonio and covering the role of Elsa in Lohengrin. She also recently sang the role of Bridesmaid in Cincinnati Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro. Other notable roles include the Witch and the Mother in Opera Pomme Rouge’s interactive production of Hansel and Gretel at the Queens
Museum in New York City, First Lady in The Magic Flute with Miami Music Festival, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Contessa Almaviva in
Le nozze di Figaro at Carnegie Hall, the title role in Suor Angelica with New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with Utopia Opera, and Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Opera in the Ozarks. Ms. Noel holds a Masters Degree in Music from the University of Houston and both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Glenn Perry, Tenor – Glenn studied voice at the University of Michigan. Glenn met his wife at U-M, and they married very soon thereafter. Staying in the Ann Arbor area after school, they started a family, and singing faded into the background for a while. Several years ago, Glenn started singing again. Since then, he has appeared in the area with many different organizations. After a performance with the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Ann Arbor News commented that Glenn’s singing helped “truly make the piece – if you’ll pardon the expression – a near-religious experience.” Operatic appearances have included principal roles in Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, Marriage of Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Beggar’s Opera. Concert performances have included the Verdi Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul Oratorio, Britten’s Cantata Misericordium, and numerous Victor Herbert operettas. The revivals of these Victor Herbert performances culminated in several world-premiere recordings. Glenn began singing with the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti chapter of Opera on Tap in October, 2013 after discovering them by chance on the Sidetrack Bar & Grill website. He took over as co-managing divo with baritone Ko Kaiden in September, 2014. Glenn hopes to help OOT continue to thrive, and to keep bringing opera to those who might never hear it otherwise!

2019-2020 Season:
“21 and Counting”

Mark your calendar for the first concert of our 21st season on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 3:30pm located
at Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building on the campus of Washtenaw Community College

  • Dvorak – Symphony No. 6 in D Major
  • Weber – Overture to Oberon
  • Pierson – Unsung Heros (Fanfare) – WORLD PREMIERE!
  • Whitacre – October

Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 7:30-9:30pm

To learn about playing with the YSO, please email [email protected]

We currently have openings for French Horn, percussion, and all strings

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  • February 16, 2020 3:30pm
  • Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College
  • Special Guest: Opera On Tap

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