Savannah VOICE Festival brings opera to town

Posted on August 2, 2014 by

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Poster by Joseph Taylor, credited to the Savannah VOICE Festival.

The Savannah VOICE Festival kicked off it’s second year in Savannah on Friday, August 1 with Death, by Aria, a musical performance that gave guests the chance to see an operatic show and meet some of the festival and studio artists in the Westin’s Harbor Ballroom.

This performance is the first in a two-week series of events celebrating vocal excellence and encourage young artists pursue careers in the performing arts.

There will be all kinds of activities and events during the festival, from operas and concerts to master classes, a movie and workshops that guests can attend. Vocal artists will transform the Savannah Harbor Ballrooms at the Westin, the First Presbyterian Church, Christ Church and the Green Meldrim House at the St. John’s Episcopal Church into musical arenas.

Amid all of the musical performances, there are some that stand out from the rest. VOICES Around the World, a new addition to the 2014 line-up, is the first of these, presenting a night of international song with Neopolitan, French, German, Spanish and English odes at the Green Meldrim House on August 7.

For musical fans that might want even more excitement, VOICES Out of a Hat might be a better pick. It’s a music trivia concert, hosted by executive director Maria Zouves, that gives the audience the chance to pick questions out of a hat, learn fun facts and listen to great singing. It’s at the Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, August 9 at 3 p.m. and there will be prizes.

Another fun musical event worth its dollar is the Opera Idol Competition on August 15 at 5 p.m. For $18, attendees can watch as studio artists compete in front of a panel of judges, made up of the VOICE Faculty in the Westin Savannah Ballroom A.

Master classes will be held by artistic director Sherrill Milnes and popular composer David Friedman in the Harbor Ballrooms at the Westin. Milnes will gather with the festival singers to talk about the development of an artist on Monday August 4 and 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. While Friedman will use his thought exchange method and talk to studio artists about breaking down vocal and performance barriers on Friday, August 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.

But those aren’t the only free events this year. Milnes will also host a free movie night on August 14 with a screening of French composer Georges Bizet’s Carmen, starring Placido Domingo and Julia Miguenes Johnson at 6:30 p.m. at the Westin Savannah Harbor Ballrooms.

The events conclude on Saturday, August 16 with the festival finale, From Bizet to Broadway at the First Presbyterian Church. For more information about the festival and tickets, call (855) 766-7372 or visit their website. And for other event in Savannah, check out our calendar of events.