Martina Arroyo Foundation Announces Summer 2017 Program

By Francisco Salazar
The Martina Arroyo Foundation has announced its operatic prelude to performance selections and master series programs for the summer.
The Prelude to Performance will feature Bizet’s “Carmen” starring Emily Righter in the title role, Ben Werley, a young artist with Florida Grand Opera, as Don José, and Brian Major as Escamillo. Opera Tampa’s Daniel Lipton conducts.

The following opera will be a double bill of Puccini’s, “Suor Angelica” and  “Gianni Schicchi.”

Soprano Michelle Johnson, a 2011 Metropolitan Opera Guild Competition winner, will perform the role of Suor Angelica and Pittsburgh Opera young artist, Leah de Gruyl, takes on La Principessa.
Joshua deVane sings Gianni Schicchi, Spencer Hamlin is Rinuccio and Anna Whiteway sings Lauretta. Willie Anthony Waters, formerly of Connecticut Opera and Florida Grand, conducts.
All performances will take place at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College between July 6-9, 2017.
The summer program will also include a Master Series which will begin with Fred Plotkin and will also include Sharon Sweet, Isola Jones, Stefano Mazzonis, and Ken Benson. The series concludes with soprano Jane Eaglen.