Opera Orlando to Discuss Female Leadership in the Arts in ‘Having a Voice – OnStage and at the Table’ Discussion

By Logan Martell

On October 22, 2021, Opera Orlando, in partnership with University of Central Florida Burnett Honors College, will present a panel talk titled “Having a Voice – OnStage and at the Table.”

The panel will include soprano and arts administrator Cecilia Violetta Lopez, conductor Stephanie Rhodes Russel, Dean of Burnett Honors College Sheila Pineres, and a guest appearance by author/entrepreneur Molly Bloom. The discussion will focus on female leaders in the performing arts. Held at the UCF School of Music Rehearsal Hall, the event will be free to watch and open to the public.

Both Lopez and Russell will be part of Opera Orlando’s upcoming production of “La Traviata,” the staging of which will take inspiration from Bloom’s life; at the age of 26, Bloom ran one of the world’s most exclusive and high-stakes poker games, becoming the target of an FBI investigation and subsequent prosecution.

“Given we have two dynamos leading our production of La Traviata both on the stage and in the pit with Cecilia and Stephanie, we wanted to find a way to feature their impressive careers both as performers and entrepreneurs,” states Gabriel Preisser, general director for Opera Orlando. “It was an added bonus for us to involve Molly Bloom who’s unique and dramatic life story served as inspiration for our updated take on La Traviata.”