Opera

August 2016

The 22nd Annual Bel Canto Opera Filled the House

Eve Queler and Douglas Martin once again introduced talented singers to our Blandford audience. We were honored to host Alexandra Batsios (soprano), Elizabeth de Trejo (soprano), John Kaneklides (tenor), and John Viscardi (baritone). The audience was entertained by selections from Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi and Puccini.

A sincere thank you to Eve Queler, Douglas Martin and all of the performers for bringing opera to the hills of western Massachusetts.

Jami Leonard

Alexandra Batsios, Soprano

John Viscardi

John Viscardi, Baritone

Elizabeth de Trejo

Elizabeth de Trejo, Soprano

John Kaneklides

John Kaneklides, Tenor


August 2015

The 21st Annual Bel Canto Opera Filled the House

Eve Queler and Douglas Martin once again introduced talented singers to our Blandford audience. We were honored to host Jami Leonard (soprano), Ewa Plonka (soprano), Thorsteinn Arbjornsson (tenor), and John Viscardi (tenor). The audience was entertained by selections from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Donizetti’s La Favorita and Verdi’s Rigoletto.

Jami Leonard

Jami Leonard, Soprano

Thorsteinn Arbjornsson

Thorsteinn Arbjornsson, Tenor

Ewa Plonka

Ewa Plonka, Soprano

John Viscardi

John Viscardi, Tenor


August 2014

The 20th Annual Bel Canto Opera Shined

For the twentieth year, Eve Queler, Music Director Emerita of Opera Orchestra of New York and part-time Blandford resident, along with Douglas Martin, accompanist, brought spectacular talent to Blandford. We were honored to host Rochelle Bard (soprano), Ashley Kerr (soprano), John Bellemer (tenor), and Jonathon Blalock (tenor). The audience was entertained by selections from Bellini’s Norma, Franz Lehar’s Merry Widow and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Thank you again to Eve Queler, Douglas Martin and all of the performers for sharing your talents here in Blandford.

Ashley

Ashley Kerr, Soprano

Jonathon

Jonathon Blalock, Tenor

Rochelle

Rochelle Bard, Soprano

John

John Bellemer, Tenor


July 2013

The 19th Annual Bel Canto Opera Featured Beautiful Voices Again

Once again, Eve Queler, Music Director Emerita of Opera Orchestra of New York, and Douglas Martin, accompanist, presented those in attendance with an outstanding performance. This year Blandford hosted Elise Brancheau (soprano), Lara Secord-Haid (soprano), Diego Silva (tenor), and Gustavo Feulien (baritone). Vocalists performed selections from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s La Boheme, Verdi’s La Traviata and more.

Thank you to Eve Queler, Douglas Martin and the performers for bringing your lovely voices to the Hilltowns.

lara

gustavo

elise

diego


July 2012
The 18th Annual Bel Canto Opera Brings Big City Voices to the Hilltowns

On Saturday, July 21st, visitors to the White Church had the opportunity to hear new and exciting voices brought to us by Maestro Eve Queler. We were fortunate enough to host Megan Hart (soprano), Steven LaBrie (baritone), Samuel Levine (tenor) and Kevin Ray (tenor) on a beautiful summer evening. Accompanied by Maestro Queler and Douglas Martin, these singers shared operas from Wagner, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Bizet, and others. Thank you to all who came out for an evening to support the White Church, and most of all to Maestro Queler and the performers for bringing opera to the Hilltowns.