An Afternoon of Opera with Valerian Ruminski and Persis Vehar

GENEVA, N.Y. — Geneva Light Opera and Geneva Public Library present an afternoon with American basso Valerian Ruminski and pianist/opera composer Persis Vehar at 4:30 P.M. on March 5 at the Geneva Public Library, 244 Main St.

Rumiski, with piano accompaniment by Vehar, will sing new and classic songs and opera excerpts. Additionally, Vehar will conduct  a dialogue about the art of composing opera—and how she went about composing the full length opera, “Shot!,” about the assassination of President McKinely, which premiered in Buffalo last spring, with Ruminski in the role of the slain president. Geoffrey Riggs, author of "The Assoluta Voice in Opera," will introduce the performers and moderate the discussion.

 

Admission to the afternoon with these two exciting artists is free of charge, but space is limited, Please contact info@genevalightopera.com or 315-789-8669 by March 3 to reserve seating, for more information, or to make a tax-deductible donation to Geneva Light Opera.

Currently on tour in Germany, basso Valerian Ruminiski has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, and many regional opera companies in the United States and Canada, including the San Jose Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Michigan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Utah Opera, and companies in Israel and France. He is founder and artistic director of Nickel City Opera, which will present Bizet’s “Carmen" in June. 

 Geneva Light Opera is honored that Ruminksi will join its cast of Mozart’s "Don Giovanni” this summer at the Smith Opera House. He will take on the role of the Commendatore, the “Stone Guest” who brings such a memorable close to this operatic masterpiece.

Opera composer Persis Vehar has had works commissioned and performed by leading opera companies, ensembles and soloists throughout the US, Canada and Europe. With over 300 compositions ranging from solo songs to full orchestral works and operas, Vehar’s works have been performed in the Royal Festival Hall of London, Graz Music Festival in Austria, Copenhagen Hall in Denmark, and the Uppland Universery in Sweden, among others. She is is the recipient of 30 annual ASCAP Awards for excellence in composition and seven Meet the Composer Grants, and is included in the International Museum‘s Collection of Distinguished Musicians in London and the Biblioteque International de Musique Contempioraine in Paris. Her full length opera “Shot!” was premièred by Nickel City Opera in June, 2016. It was her seventh operatic work. She is presently at work on a new commission: An opera about suffragette Matilda Gage.

Geneva Light Opera is a newly recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire, educate and entertain audiences in the Finger Lakes region by presenting opera and operetta in productions of high quality through collaboration of emerging young performers, local professionals and nationally known artists. Its summer production of "Don Giovanni” --under the direction of Philip Lauriet with music direction by James Blachly--will be at The Smith, July 27, 29 and 30.

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