Opera Maine Studio Artist Program
Opera Maine’s prestigious Studio Artist program (formerly known as Young Artist Program) was inaugurated in 1996 and has run continuously except for a brief hiatus during the great recession. It has evolved from being an “educational” activity for local music students, giving them an opportunity to sing in concert settings, to offering full fledged programs for young professionals who produce and perform complete operas at various locations around the state. Many of our alumni have gone on to have successful careers in major theaters around the country. Participants also have roles in Opera Maine’s mainstage production, working with Opera Maine’s Artistic Director, Dona D. Vaughn and our Principal Conductor Stephen Lord. For more information contact Opera Maine at (207) 879-7678
by Jake Heggie
Performances at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11 at St. Lawrence Arts, Portland
Friday, July 13 at Deertrees Theatre, Harrison
Sunday, July 15 at The Temple, Ocean Park
Monday, July 16 at Camden Opera House
This 90-minute, one-act opera by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer, is based on Terrence McNally’s play, Some Christmas Letters.
The opera tells the story of a famous stage actress, Madeline Mitchell, and her two adult children, Beatrice and Charlie. Set in the Decembers of 1986, 1996, and 2006, Jake Heggie’s opera explores the relationship between mother, son, and daughter and asks the question: “What, and more important who is family?”
If you had to leave your home today and couldn’t return, what would you take with you? Why is that object – that connection to your past – so important? Hear this story of Patriots and Immigrants as WWII is coming to a close.
Timothy Steele, Musical Director
Richard Gammon, Director
John Sundling, Scenic Designer
An American Dream will be performed at three locations:
St. Lawrence Arts, Portland, Wednesday, July 12 and Friday, July 14 at 7:30 pm, $22/$12, stlawrencearts.org TICKETS
Deertrees Theater, Harrison, Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 pm, $22/$16, www.deertrees-theatre.org TICKETS
The Temple, Ocean Park, Sunday, July 16 at 7:30pm, $15, oceanpark.org, Tickets available at the door.
Studio Artists will also have roles as understudies and ensemble members in Opera Maine’s mainstage production of Verdi’s La traviata at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium, July 26 and 28.
Opera Maine is grateful to The Portland Ballet for the use of their space as the Studio Artists prepare for performance.