Opera tutti! & WCU present
by Gian Carlo Menotti
Opera tutti! in cooperation with West Chester University Opera Department presents Amahl and The Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti
Co directed by Dr. Emily Bullock and Heidi Starr with musical direction by pianist Tim Crawford, set design by Brydon Lidle IV. Kick off the holiday season with us, by attending this engaging and inspiring mini-opera suitable for all ages and families!
Amahl and his mother are poor country shepherds who are surprised by a visit from the three kings on their way to Bethlehem. This story’s themes of love, forgiveness and the possibility of miracles will warm your hearts (and ears!) Students from West Chester University’s opera program along with some local West Chester favorites will sing this beautiful piece.
Opera tutti! was conceived when Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center was close to opening its brand new doors to West Chester theater lovers!
Heidi Starr (soprano and director of Opera tutti!) initiated this series to offer a fun, intimate, music-centered experience to opera, operetta, classical, and Golden Age musical theater aficionados.
Heidi Starr- Heidi is thrilled to be in West Chester, initiating Opera tutti!’s monthly classical cabarets with Uptown! at the brand new Knauer Center for Performing Arts. Heidi has performed with such organizations as the Boston Symphony, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Opera Delaware, The Rose Tree Pops, Media Theatre, Hedgerow Theatre and Players Club of Swarthmore. She has become a beloved performer and teacher known throughout Delaware County, singing styles of music from opera to Broadway and classic standards with her trio, Divas á la Carte! She is also in her 15th year with weekly Monday Opera Night at the Fellini Café in Media. Her favorite operatic roles include the Countess in Marriage of Figaro, Mother in Hansel and Gretel, Cygnet in Louis’ Trumpet and Jenny Lind in A Cricket in Times Square. (these last 2 were adapted from the award winning children’s books by Evelyn Swensen for Opera Delaware.) Favorite musical theatre roles include a triple run as Sister Amnesia in Nunsense, Nuncrackers and Meshuggah Nuns at The Hedgerow Theatre. Heidi maintains a private voice studio in Morton, PA. www.heidistarr.musicteachershelper.com
Catherine Friedman– Catherine has performed a number of operatic roles including the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Lawrenceville School, the Countess Ciprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Boheme Opera; Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte and the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with the University of New Hampshire opera theater. She has performed numerous recitals and was the soprano soloist in the Riverside Symphonia’s performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Most recently she performed the role of Princess Zara in Utopia, Limited with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Chester County.
Joshua Graves– Joshua is originally from Portland, Maine. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in performance from the Eastman School of Music and pursued graduate studies in opera at McGill University. He has performed in operas, musicals and recital in New York, Montreal, Maine and now the Philadelphia area. He can be heard singing opera on Monday nights at Fellini Café in Media.
Timothy Crawford –Tim Crawford earned his Master of Music degree in solo piano performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He is a pianist and accompanist in the Philadelphia region, both in opera-having performed approximately 60 complete operas-and in instrumental music. Tim is happily married and the loving father of two little girls, Adelaide and Vivian.