New York Opera Fest 2017: Sharon Sweet & Martina Arroyo Foundation Team Up For Master Class

By David Salazar

The New York Opera Fest and the Martina Arroyo Foundation will continue their joint lecture series on June 7 with a master class by soprano Sharon Sweet with members of the foundation’s Prelude to Performance young artist program.

Sweet of course made a name for herself at the Metropolitan Opera. In all, she did 88 performances with the company, her first coming on April 27, 1990, in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore.” From there she appeared in such operas as “Tannhäuser,” “Un Ballo in Maschera,” “Stiffelio,” “Aida,” “Don Giovanni,” “La Forza del Destino” (which was recorded on video), and “Turandot.” Her final performance at the Met came on Nov. 20, 1999, in “Aida.”

She also appeared at James Levine’s 25th Anniversary Gala on April 27, 1996.

After her exploits at the Met, and at other companies such as San Francisco Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the soprano accepted a full-time teaching position at Westminster Choir College at Rider University.

In addition to Ms. Sweet’s master class, the Martina Arroyo Foundation has scheduled lectures by Isola Jones, Stefano Mazzonis, Ken Benson, and Jane Eaglen.

The free event is set to take place at the Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, Room 424N, starting at 7 p.m. EDT.