Vocal Arts and Opera News from the 2016-2017 Academic Year

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 […]

Donald Crockett, Thornton alumni featured at Caramoor

April 24, 2017

USC Thornton Composition chair Donald Crockett (MM ’76) recently visited the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York, where the Argus Quartet is preparing his commissioned string quartet for its July premiere. Thornton alumni and faculty feature prominently throughout the Center’s spring and summer seasons. The Los Angeles-based Argus Quartet, which […]

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Kenneth Cazan directs “Frau Schindler” opera in Munich

February 21, 2017

USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera chair Kenneth Cazan is currently in Munich to stage direct the opera Frau Schindler, which premieres this coming March. The opera, which received a concert reading at USC Thornton last year, follows the life of Emilie Schindler, wife of the well known Oskar, and explores her contributions during the […]

Gamble House to host USC Thornton student concert series

November 8, 2016

This season, the iconic Gamble House in Pasadena will collaborate with USC Thornton to present a four-part music series entitled “House Music.” The 1908 showpiece of American Arts and Crafts architecture, a National Historic Landmark, is currently deeded to the city of Pasadena and managed by the USC School of Architecture. The first of four […]

Carrie St. Louis of “Wicked” performs at White House event

November 3, 2016

USC Thornton alumna Carrie St. Louis (‘12, vocal arts), who plays Glinda in the national touring production of Wicked, was invited to perform in New York for First Lady Michelle Obama’s event, Let Girls Learn. To celebrate strong female characters in entertainment, St. Louis and her co-star Jennifer DiNoia performed “For Good” from Wicked for […]

Soprano Jessica Rivera featured in Paola Prestini’s spectacular “Hubble Cantata”

November 1, 2016

Soprano and USC Thornton alumna Jessica Rivera (MM ’98) recently performed in the groundbreaking Hubble Cantata as part of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park. In celebration of the 26th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope, composer Paola Prestini and filmmaker Eliza McNitt engaged live performers and virtual-reality technology to bring festival audiences inside […]

Thornton musicians sweep Frances Walton Competition in Seattle

October 20, 2016

Mezzo-soprano and USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera graduate student Lesley Baird (MM ’15) was a winner of the 2016 Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, where she was accompanied by pianist and Keyboard Collaborative Arts DMA candidate Jasper Jimenez (MM ’13, GCRT ’15). Since winning the competition in July, the duo has presented several area […]

Ryan Reithmeier named opera director at Azusa Pacific

September 7, 2016

Ryan Reithmeier (DMA ’16, vocal arts) has been appointed the Director of Opera at the Azusa Pacific University (APU) School of Music. Reithmeier first joined the APU vocal faculty in 2015 while he was still in his doctoral studies at USC Thornton. In addition to his work with the APU Opera, Reithmeier directs high school […]

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Rod Gilfry sings Don Alfonso in back-to-back European productions

August 29, 2016

Baritone Rod Gilfry, a member of USC Thornton’s Vocal Arts & Opera faculty, recently performed the role of Don Alfonso in back-to-back runs of Mozart’s Così fan tutte in the UK and France. The co-production, directed by Christophe Honoré and conducted by Louis Langrée and Jérémie Rhorer, was first presented at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in […]

Marilyn Horne wearing green, smiling to the camera

Marilyn Horne celebrated at Music Academy gala

July 27, 2016

USC Thornton alumna Marilyn Horne was honored at a gala concert on June 4, 2016 at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where she is director of the Voice Program. The concert, which opened the Academy’s 2016 Summer School and Festival, featured performances by vocalists Simone Osborne, Isabel Leonard, Ben Bliss, and […]

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