Distinguished tenor Russell Thomas offers masterclass and concert for our community

March 4; 6:00 - 8:00 PM and March 5; 7:30 PM

Continuing the New World School of the Arts Make Art Work (MAW) series, Russell Thomas, distinguished tenor and NWSA 1998 music alumnus, will present An Evening with an Opera Tenor, working with singers from the New World School of the Arts Music division in a special Masterclass to focus on voice technique and performance. The MAW Q & A session following the class will cover topics relating to Russell Thomas’ extensive career as an opera star. The session will be hosted by Dean of Music, also a NWSA music alumnus, Dr. Daniel Andai. MAW is open to the public.
March 4; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Auditorium
300 NE 2 Avenue, Room 1261, Miami
Free and open to the public
Information at 305-237-3622
Following Make Art Work, world-renowned tenor Russell Thomas will perform alongside the New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choir on Tuesday, during NWSA’s annual symphony concert. Under the baton of Maestro Alfred Gershfeld, the orchestra performance will feature Gounod’s ballet suite from Faust, Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italienne, Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino and Va Pensiero from Nabucco. Russell Thomas will sing arias from opera favorites including Bizet’s Carmen, Massanet’s Werther, Verdi’s Ottelo and Mascagni’s Cavelleria Rusticana.
March 5; 7:30 PM
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Knight Concert Hall
1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
General Admission $20; Students and seniors $10
Information at 305-237-3622  

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About Russell Thomas – With a “heroically shining tone of exceptional clarity and precision” (Opera Magazine) and “gorgeously burnished power” (The New York Times), American tenor Russell Thomas uses his signature elegance and intensity to create vivid character portrayals on the world’s most important stages. The 2018 – 2019 season features Mr. Thomas’ hotly anticipated stage debut as Verdi’s iconic Otello, to be seen at the Canadian Opera Company and Deutsche Oper Berlin. He sings Manrico in Il trovatore at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Lyric Opera of Chicago, makes his role debut as Roberto Devereux at San Francisco Opera and brings his celebrated Tito in La Clemenza di Tito to Los Angeles Opera. On the concert stage, he joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl for a concert presentation of Otello, the World Orchestra for Peace in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the BBC Proms, and performs Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Acclaimed for his “voice of intrinsic warmth and refined sense of style” (Opera News), Mr. Thomas has enjoyed a string of operatic triumphs in recent seasons, including performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Cincinnati Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Salzburg Festival, Dutch National Opera and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. He has also appeared with many of the world’s great orchestras including Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony, Boston Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic.

About New World School of the Arts (NWSA) – A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Information: 305-237-3135  or  http://nwsa.mdc.edu/

About Make Art Work (MAW) – Make Art Work is designed to bring professionals in the art world together with students and the South Florida community for a dialogue on the business of art by focusing on providing tools, guidance and strategies for success to the next generation of artists. The primary goal of these dialogues is to expand understanding of what it takes to live as an artist in the twenty-first century. Each talk includes a question and answer session, allowing students, guests and the public opportunities for direct communication with respected leaders in the art world.

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