Luther students to present fall opera workshop performance Nov. 21-22

Nov. 5, 2009

Students in Luther College’s opera workshop course will present “Americani in Italia” on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.    

The program is open to the public with no charge for admission.

“Americani in Italia” will feature a program of all-Italian opera scenes by Monteverdi, Mozart, Rossini and Verdi.

The opera workshop class includes seniors Maggie Boland, Ryan Deignan, Brett Epperson, Rachel Grippen, Andy Kust, Emily Moore, Charles Zachary Owen, Jill Phillips, Dave Schmitt, Heidi Smorstad and Jenny Ward; juniors Brittney McClary, Michael Penick, Aliyah Richling, Anthony Rohr and Rebecca Vernon; and sophomores Carah Claflin, Teresa Procter, Nick Sanches and Chad Sonka. 

The student accompanists for the program are Luther seniors Sarah May, Greg Schultz and Paige Silberhorn.

Karen Kanakis, Luther assistant professor of music, will direct the performance. 

Kanakis has received numerous awards and recognitions, both as a teacher and performer. In 2008, she was named one of six young leaders across the country by the National Association of Singers of Teaching.

She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008 as part of a program of performing duos from the Luther music faculty.