Sherrill Milnes, Santiago Ballerini Headline Savannah VOICE Festival 2019

By David Salazar

The Savannah VOICE Festival has unveiled its 2019 season, which is titled “Heaven and Earth.”

The festival will feature a wide range of events, including many specifically related to opera and its repertory.

Among these is “Death, by Aria I” and “Death, by Aria II,” which will feature Milnes VOICE Studio artists and cast members, presenting a number of noted arias.

Performance Date:  August 5, 2019

VOICES in Sacred Song will also showcase Milnes VOICE Studio Artists perform spiritual music in oratorio and song. They will also join forces for a rendition of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Performance Date: August 7, 2019

The “Shoot Stars: Emerging Stars Recital” will feature Nan Qin, Jessica Fishenfeld, Ana Collado, Mary Catherine Wright, and Emily Yocum Black.

Performance Date: August 8, 2019

“Song Night: A ‘Lieberabend’” will feature artists performing a wide range of art song from such composers as Britten and Schubert, among others.

Performance Date: August 10, 2019

“Salon Series: Heavenly Duos, Beloved Duets of the Stage” will feature duets from both operas and musicals as performed by Festival artists.

Performance Date: August 13, 2019 

Rachel Portman’s “The Little Prince” takes the stage for a performance at the Yamacraw Center for Performing Arts. It will be conducted by Michael Ching and directed by Chad Sonka.

Performance Date: August 16, 18 2019

Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmelites” takes the stage at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church.

Performance Date: August 17, 2019

Tenor Santiago Ballerini appears at the Morris Center in his return to the festival. He will perform arias and Latin music.

Performance Date: August 20, 2019

The Birthday Clown,” a new opera commissioned and composed by Michael Ching will feature the Savannah Classical Academy String will get its premiere alongside Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci.” The “Pagliacci” production is made in co-production with Opera Orlando.

Performance Dates: August 21, 23, 25 2019

The festival will also feature a slew of masterclasses and special events with such artists as Sherrill Milnes, Maria Zouves, Beth Roberts, Mark Schnaible, and Maria Spacagna, among others.