2010 High School Masterclass Finalists Announced
Annual program connects promising local high school-aged vocalists with the opera world
The Florentine Opera Company will hold its annual High School Masterclass on Sunday, April 18 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Florentine Opera Center (926 E. Burleigh, Riverwest). Specifically designed to meet the needs of the gifted young singer interested in gaining knowledge of and pursing continued education in vocal arts, the program’s objective is to provide guidance and mentorship and to nurture vocalists with professional experiences.
Following an audition process, six students out of a pool of about twenty applicants were selected to receive private vocal coaching provided by the Florentine Opera with Chorus Master, Scott Stewart. The program culminates in a two-hour masterclass led by General Director William Florescu. All students who audition are invited to attend the masterclass, where they learn vocal and auditioning techniques, discuss the career field of vocal/operatic performance and participate in a question/answer series. Finalists also have the opportunity to sing at future Florentine Opera community performances such as Florentine at the Lake.
2009-2010 Masterclass finalists are:
- Madeline Bunke of Brookfield Central High School
- Rebecca Carvalho, Greendale High School
- Ryan Castelaz, Pius XI High School
- Camille Crossot, Rufus King High School
- Andrew Groble, Whitefish Bay High School
- Trinaye Reid, Milwaukee High School of the Arts.