Posts Tagged ‘Vocal Arts and Opera’


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Ken Cazan to direct Georges Bizet’s Carmen at Music Academy of the West Summer Festival

April 26, 2024

Ken Cazan, the Resident Stage Director of the USC Thornton Opera, will lead Georges Bizet’s Carmen at the Music Academy of the West’s 2024 Summer Festival. Conducted by Daniela Candillari, the opera production will show on July 10 and feature choreography from flamenco star Manuel Gutierrez. The Summer Music Festival takes place from June 12–August… Continue reading Ken Cazan to direct Georges Bizet’s Carmen at Music Academy of the West Summer Festival


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Diana Newman and Arnold Geis perform in New York Philharmonic’s U.S. premiere of Émigré

February 28, 2024

USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera alumni Diana Newman (‘12, MM ‘14) and Arnold Geis (MM ‘14) will be soloists in the New York Philharmonic’s U.S. premiere of Émigré, composed by Aaron Zigman. The performance takes place on Feb. 29–Mar. 1 at David Geffen Hall. Émigré is a musical drama of love and loss that… Continue reading Diana Newman and Arnold Geis perform in New York Philharmonic’s U.S. premiere of Émigré


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Gregg Field featured in CBS Sunday Morning segment on Henry Mancini

October 25, 2023

USC Thornton Board of Councilors Chair Gregg Field was featured in a new CBS Sunday Morning segment on the late composer Henry Mancini. Field discussed the fame of Mancini’s film and television music, such as the ubiquitous “Pink Panther Theme” and “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The segment included a recording session of his… Continue reading Gregg Field featured in CBS Sunday Morning segment on Henry Mancini


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Karen Parks performed in Wadada Leo Smith’s world premiere of “America Transformed”

September 25, 2023

Karen Parks, a USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera faculty member, performed in the world premiere of America Transformed by renowned trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith. The premiere, in which Parks was a featured vocalist, took place September 8-11 at Brooklyn College’s Leonard & Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts. Parks joined the… Continue reading Karen Parks performed in Wadada Leo Smith’s world premiere of “America Transformed”


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Jasmin White wins 2023 Queen Sonja Singing Competition

August 31, 2023

Jasmin White (‘15), a USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera alum, won first prize at the Queen Sonja Singing Competition in Oslo, Norway on August 26. The competition began with 40 singers in the preliminary rounds and came down to six finalists. White earned €50,000 and artwork by H.M. Queen Sonja, who presented the awards… Continue reading Jasmin White wins 2023 Queen Sonja Singing Competition


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Jasmin White wins second prize at 2023 Queen Elisabeth Competition

June 19, 2023

Jasmin White (’15), a USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera alum, won second prize for voice at the 2023 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels on June 3. The competition consisted of three rounds, after which 12 finalists were chosen and six won the top prizes. White earned €20.000 in addition to concert opportunities and a… Continue reading Jasmin White wins second prize at 2023 Queen Elisabeth Competition


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2022-2023 Year in Review

May 8, 2023

Looking back on a remarkable year at USC Thornton.


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Derrick Lawrence

May 2, 2023

Derrick Lawrence, baritone, has sung roles on the stages of Philadelphia Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera, Charlotte Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Piedmont Opera, Opera North, Zurich Opera House, Budapest, Wiesbaden, Düsseldorf, The Royal Danish Opera, Stuttgart, Luzern, Aachen, Freiburg, Statts Opera Berlin, Kaiserslautern, La Monnaie, Teatro Massimo, Opera Lyon and National Theater Brünn. Lawrence… Continue reading Derrick Lawrence


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Karen Parks awarded with Most Distinguished Alumni by Furman University

March 9, 2023

USC Thornton vocal arts and opera faculty member Karen Parks received the Most Distinguished Alumni award from Furman University on Feb. 11 at the Bell Tower Ball, an annual gala event that celebrates alumni achievements. Parks, a Fulbright Scholar, Olivier Award nominee and Billboard chart-topper, was presented the award by Furman University’s president Dr. Elizabeth… Continue reading Karen Parks awarded with Most Distinguished Alumni by Furman University


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Fall 2022 Semester in Review

December 12, 2022

Looking back on an amazing fall 2022 semester at USC Thornton.