Asheville Lyric Opera is excited to announce its 2016 Opera Winter Gala, presented at Double Tree by Hilton on Saturday, February 27 beginning at 5:30pm.
This exciting event will include a four-course meal, cash bar, live and silent auctions on a number of amazing items and packages, and performances highlighting Asheville Lyric Opera’s 2016 Season! For more information about the gala, please click the link below!
For a sneak peek into this years Gala Auction items, click the link below!
Meredith Hansen has garnered critical acclaim for her performances in Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle with Masterworks Chorale, as Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Marzelline in Fidelio. The 2015-16 season currently includes the Trainbearer in Strauss’Elektra in Boston and at Carnegie Hall in a return engagement with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as stepping in last minute as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera in Williamsburg and a concert of Mozart Arias and Scenes (Konstanze, Fiordiligi, Contessa) with the Opera Theatre of Connecticut at the Sanibel Music Festival. Recent highlights include Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for her Tanglewood debut in August 2014, and singing Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Boston Lyric Opera, where she previously sang the First Lady in The Magic Flute. Metropolitan Opera appearances include Prince Igor, Carmen, Das Rheingold, and Götterdämmerung. She has sung Musetta in La bohème with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Carmina burana with the Charlotte Symphony, Poulenc’s Gloria with the Plymouth Philharmonic, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Greensboro and Bozeman Symphonies, Mozart’s Missa Brevis, an opera recital in Aiken (South Carolina), and Beatrice in John Musto’s The Inspector with Boston Lyric Opera. Highlights of earlier seasons include her Opera Boston debut as Marzelline in Fidelio, her Jordan Hall debut as Donna Anna in Rob Kapilow’s “What Makes It Great: Don Giovanni,” her mainstage BLO debut as Frasquita in Carmen under Keith Lockhart, and her Boston Symphony and Carnegie Hall debuts in April 2010, singing Elijah under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. A Richard Tucker Foundation Career Grant nominee, she has been a regional semi-finalist and regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; was the 2010 recipient of the Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence from BLO, which named her an Emerging Artist for the 2011-12 season; and has received grant support from the Gerda Lissner Foundation.
John Fowler enjoyed a 30-year career as an international operatic tenor, performing title roles at most of the world’s premier opera houses, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Austria, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Germany, Opernhaus Zürich, Switzerland, Opéra de Nice, France, Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, France, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Hamburg, Germany, Frankfurter Oper, Frankfurt, Germany, Oper Köln, Köln, Germany, Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège, Belgium, Gran Teatre de Liceu, Barcelona, Spain, Teatro Real, Madrid, Spain and Opera Nacional de Sao Carlos Lisbon, Portugal. Mr. Fowler was awarded an Emmy for his portrayal of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème as part of PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center television series, a role he has sung over 300 times on major operatic stages worldwide.
Recent students of Fowler have won Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and been awarded prizes at The Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, The Nico Castel International Vocal Competition, The Hefner Williams Vocal Competition, The Leontyne Price International Vocal Competition and the Charles A. Lynam Vocal Competition. Others hold or have held positions at young artist programs such as Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Program, Merola San Francisco, Cincinnati Opera and Glimmerglass Opera. John Fowler is a voice faculty member of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University where he teaches Studio Voice and Opera Workshop.
Bass Geoffrey Cox has a deep, rich and hall-filling sonority, combined with a well-tuned musical instinct. His natural simpatico, athletic physique and comfortable stage presence make him the perfect choice for a wide range of repertoire. In the 2015/16 season, Mr. Cox is slated to appear at Union Avenue Opera as Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni. In the 2014/15 season, he performed Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Rollins College and Il Commendatore in Asheville Lyric Opera’s production of Don Giovanni. In 2013 he sang The Duke in Romèo et Juliette with Opera Colorado. In recent seasons he has been seen as Count Ceprano (while covering Sparafucille) in Rigoletto with Florida Opera Theater, and Zuniga in Carmen with the Orlando Philharmonic at Mad Cow Theatre. On the concert stage, Geoffrey Cox has shone as a soloist in works such as Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Händel’s Messiah, and Fauré’s Requiem. His repertoire also includes many of the 19th century’s major works – Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater. In addition to his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College of Winter Park, Mr. Cox has received training from some of the best music programs including V.O.I.C.Experience with Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves, Elora Festival Academy of Music in Canada, and Music Theatre Bavaria. He has twice won awards from the Florida Suncoast Opera Guild Competition (2nd Prize in 2006 and 3rd Prize in 2009), and was a nominee for the 2012 Sarah Tucker Award.
Rachel Milligan Helton, mezzo soprano, is native of Canton, OH. She currently resides in Abingdon, VA. In previous seasons, she was a member of the Indianapolis Young Artists Ensemble and performed as Hänsel in Hänsel and Gretel. Rachel Performed the title role in Carmen by Bizet with Undercroft Opera. She was seen as Nancy in Albert Herring, Siébel in Faust, and Young Sue in the workshop production of The Alamo with Indiana University Opera Theatre. She was most recently seen on the stage with Asheville Lyric Opera’s production of West Side Story. She was a member of the 2011 Central City Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Young Artists. She performed featured scenes and received extensive training. In 2010, she was a studio artist with Wolf Trap Opera where she performed the role of Moth in Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream. Concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Michael Trippett’s A Child of our Time. Rachel’s love of recital and art song keeps her performing locally and throughout the region. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Rachel is an adjunct voice and opera workshop professor at King University in Bristol, TN and Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA and maintains a private voice studio in Abingdon, VA.
Dalton Woody is recent graduate of Mars Hill University and native of Burnsville, NC. Dalton has appeared in several shows with the Asheville Lyric Opera company, including: Asheville Lyric’s most recent production of West Side Story and Barber of Seville, in which played the role of Fiorello. In addition to performing, Dalton is currently enrolled in the Artistic Apprenticeship Program with the Asheville Lyric Opera. Dalton is currently taking lessons from David Craig Starkey, Asheville Lyric’s general director. Dalton was also part of the Mars Hill wind symphony and saxophone quartet in which he played the baritone saxophone. Dalton plans to attend graduate school in the Fall of 2016 to pursue his master’s degree in vocal performance.