~By Norm Robins~
Photos By Dana Nollsch
The Institute for Young Dramatic Voices (IYDV) and the American Wagner Project held their gala Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 6 PM in the Nightingale Concert Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno, and what a gala it indeed was. It was the performance that capped 3 weeks of intensive vocal training in operatic voice technique. It was performed by 29 beautiful young rising opera stars to show off what they have learned. It was their chance to strut their stuff.
And strut their stuff they did. They sang 29 arias by 14 composers. This all-star cast was comprised of 8 sopranos, 6 mezzos, 7 tenors, 5 baritones, 1 bass-baritone, and 2 basses. The composers covered the spectrum from Handel and Bellini through Wagner, Puccini, and Verdi to André Previn.
If you missed it the IYDV and the American Wagner Project will be back next year. You shouldn’t miss it. In appearance, these stars look like the kids next door. When they perform they take your breath away.