On Sunday June 8, from 8:30-‐10:30 p.m., distinguished University of Texas professor William Lewis (leading tenor at New York’s Metropolitan Opera from 1957 to 1992) will direct 13 young opera singers in ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD, Offenbach’s most famous operetta. These emerging singers will perform the Opera in two acts – singing in French with English dialogue at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive in Houston, Texas.
The production is brought to Houston by The Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA). The goal of FAVA is to bring live opera to new audiences in Texas, while giving professional experience and exposure to young singers. To this end Opera Without Fences was created in 2012, and all performances are free to the public.
Professor William Lewis founded FAVA along with His wife, the Parisian soprano Frédérique Added, a recognised interpreter of French Mélodies. Between the two of them they have performed internationally at most of the important opera houses in the world – Lewis at the Teatro alla Scala, Milano; Royal Opera Covent Garden, London; Vienna Staatsoper; Hamburg Staatsoper; Opera de Paris; San Francisco Opera; and the festivals at: Salzburg, Edinburgh, Spoleto Italy, Spoleto USA, Wexford, Ireland and Amsterdam.
Frédérique Added has graced concert stages in Paris, Dijon, Perigueux, Limoges, Nancy, Strasbourg, Salzburg, Minsk, Lodz, Warsaw and throughout the USA. Her vast knowledge of the Song Repertoire includes works by: Debussy, Poulenc, Rosenthal, Fauré, Duparc, Sa]e, Hahn, Chausson, Berlioz, Chopin, De Falla, Nin-‐Culmell, Rodrigo, Villa-‐Lobos.
ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD – THE TALENT
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The mission of FAVA is to develop the complete singer, providing the tools to compete in this most difficult of professions, through study abroad programs in France and Austria. FAVA is a not-‐for-‐proﬁt, non-‐discriminatory organisation aﬃliated with the Butler School of Music of the University of Texas. The various programs of FAVA strive to develop the complete singer, providing the tools to compete in this most diﬃcult of professions: immersion in the various cultures, vocal technique, traditions of the operatic repertoire, art song interpretation, stage training, expert knowledge of interaction patterns in the operatic milieu. They also aim to promote the lyric repertoire among small communities, through free entrance performances in accessible venues like public plazas, community centers, local theatres, etc
SUPPORTERS: MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE
TEXAN-‐FRENCH ALLIANCE FOR THE ARTS
DRS. SUSAN AND DENNIS CARLYLE FRENCH GENERAL CONSULATE IN HOUSTON HOUSTON ACCUEIL
FRENCH-‐AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE