Vocal Arts and Opera News

Soprano Shana Blake Hill to perform with Verdi Chorus

April 16, 2018

USC Thornton Vocal Arts alumna Shana Blake Hill (MM ’12) will perform as a featured guest soloist in the Verdi Chorus’s 35th anniversary concert, “The Force of Destiny,” on April 28th and 29th. The Santa Monica-based ensemble is directed by Anne Marie Ketchum and the program will feature excepts from La Forza del Destino, Nabucco, […]


Vocal Arts alumna receives National Institutes of Health research grant

March 30, 2018

Dr. Reyna Gordon (BM ’01), an alumna of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts program, was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to expand her research on “Mapping the Genetic and Neural Architecture of Human Rhythm and Communication Traits.” Gordon, who is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Psychology and Director of the […]


San Bernadino Symphony presents “An Evening with Rod Gilfry”

March 22, 2018

Baritone Rod Gilfry, a member of USC Thornton’s Vocal Arts & Opera faculty, will be featured in concert with the San Bernadino Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 24th, presenting a program of Mozart overtures and arias. Guest conductor Richard Giangiulio will lead the concert with Gilfry, who is highly regarded for his performances of Mozart’s […]


Alumnus Richard Bernstein celebrates 400th performance with Met Opera

January 25, 2018

On Saturday, January 27th, 2018, Richard Bernstein (’89) will reach a professional milestone with his 400th performance with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in a production of Puccini’s Tosca. The operatic bass and alumnus of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera program debuted with the company in 1995 and has since performed […]


More acclaim for Rod Gilfry’s portrayal of Walt Whitman

October 20, 2017

Baritone Rod Gilfry, a member of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera, has earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Walt Whitman in composer Matthew Aucoin’s opera, Crossing, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Currently in its second iteration as part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival, the opera premiered at Boston’s Citi […]


Alumnus Manny Sanoja self-publishes book

October 5, 2017

USC Thornton Vocal Arts alumnus Manny Sanoja (BA ’14) has published a book entitled Enlightening Awakening: A Practical Guide to Self Awareness, Hope and Healing. Sanoja’s life-long love of music performance, interrupted by the death of his father, eventually compelled him to pursue his vocal and operatic studies. He later left the music world to […]


Alumna Tricia Oney to serve as artist-in-residence with the U.S. Army Band

September 27, 2017

Vocal Arts alumna and jazz vocalist Tricia Oney (DMA ’07) will join the U.S. Army Band’s “Pershing’s Own” as Artist-In-Residence and Composer-In-Residence from October 19th to 22nd. Oney will present workshops, masterclasses and vocal jazz clinics for Army Voices during the week, culminating in a performance with both ensembles on Sunday, October 22nd at Arlington […]


Ken Cazan praised for production of Britten’s “The Burning Fiery Furnace”

August 31, 2017

USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera chair Ken Cazan’s recent production of Benjamin Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace at the Central City Opera in Boulder, Colorado, received high praise. “Cazan’s imaginative staging combined with Britten’s music makes the message universal,” the review stated. Cazan’s stage direction delivered a modern take on Britten’s opera “where the […]


The Los Angeles Times draws musical parallels between Los Angeles and Berlin

July 5, 2017

The musical vitality of Los Angeles takes center stage in a recent Los Angeles Times article by music critic Mark Swed, which juxtaposes the city’s artistic dynamism with that of the more established metropolis of Berlin. Surveying the German capital’s three major opera companies and the venerable Berlin Philharmonic, Swed drew parallels to several Los […]


Soprano Jessica Rivera reprises role in “Hubble Cantata” in Los Angeles

June 12, 2017

Soprano and USC Thornton alumna Jessica Rivera (MM ’98) returns to Southern California in October to reprise her role in the groundbreaking Hubble Cantata, a multimedia “experience that pushes the boundaries of art and science as it takes audiences on a journey of wonder and exploration.” Soprano Jessica Rivera performing during the premiere of the […]


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