CLASSICAL SALON SERIES: Rising Stars of the Opera

March 5, 2019 4:00 pm

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  • $150 Single Ticket
  • $500 Society Pass
CLASSICAL SALON SERIES: Rising Stars of the Opera
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In its inaugural year, the VPAC Classical Salon series is designed to provide an elevated, up-close experience for avid classical music lovers. This collection of five very special performances will take place in private homes and intimate
spaces throughout the valley, featuring internationally acclaimed soloists and ensembles. Salon performances are fun, social experiences that allow for focused listening as well as personal interaction with the artists. Each event will begin with a reception of wine and hors d’ouevres, followed by a 60-minute performance.

The Classical Salon Series Line-Up Includes:

DEC 20  /  Spanish Brass @ VPAC Main Stage
JAN 6  /  Anna Christy, soprano & Joe Illick, piano @ The Browning/Illick Private Residence in Vail, Co.
FEB 11  /  Trio Con Brio Copenhagen @ Chateau Beaver Creek and Splendido
MAR 5  /  Rising Stars Of the Opera @ VPAC May Gallery
MAR 28  /  Minetti Quartet @ Venue TBA

A small number of single admission tickets to individual Classical Salon events are available for purchase.

JOIN THE SOCIETY: $500 per person
This exclusive society for classical enthusiasts is only available to the first 30 participants, providing access to all five Salon performances at a $250 savings! Passes are fully transferable.

More about the series at:


The Richard Tucker Music Foundation, founded in 1975, is a non-profit cultural organization which honors the artistic legacy of the great American tenor through support of talented American opera singers and by bringing opera into the community. The Richard Tucker Music Foundation, America’s preeminent opera foundation, presents Rising Stars of the Opera, featuring four young singers who have been recognized by the Tucker Foundation as among the leading opera singers of the next generation.  In a concert of operas most beloved arias, duets and ensembles and composers, these superb artists will bring their magnificent voices to the audience.

Rising Stars of the Opera offers a rare opportunity to experience remarkable young artists on the cusp of extraordinary careers.  Watch these exciting young artists bring opera to life by presenting excerpts world-class productions. This performance will feature:

Gabriella Reyes de Ramirez, Soprano

Nicaraguan-American Soprano Gabriella Reyes is one of the most exciting emerging talents on the operatic stage today. Having just made her critically acclaimed house debut as the High Priestess in Aida, Gabriella will make two further appearances at the Metropolitan Opera in the 2018/19 season; First Lady in The Magic Flute followed by Nella in Gianni Schicchi (Il Trittico). This follows a company debut for the Met’s Summer Recital series last June. Gabriella will also return to the New York Choral Society for Tippet’s A Child of Our Time at Carnegie Hall. Highlights of last season include excerpts of Die Zauberflöte in concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, and her debut with the New York Choral Society for Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She was also chosen as a finalist in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and honoured earlier this year by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation with a Sara Tucker Study Grant.

Hannah Ludwig, Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig is a recent graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA., where she has performed the roles of Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri, Charlotte in Werther, Frugola in Il Tabarro, Maddalena in Rigoletto, The Nurse in The Demon, Third Lady in Die Zaberflöte, Azucena in Il Trovatore, Fricka in Das Rheingold, and The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos.  She has also performed in the Aspen Music Festival as Ursule in Béatrice et Bénédict conducted by Maestro Johannes Debus and Sesto in La clemenza di Tito conducted by Maestro Jane Glover.  Other roles include Ruggiero in Alcina with the Napa Music Festival and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Stockton Opera. Ms. Ludwig’s concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s Requiem and Forrest’s Requiem for the Living with MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall.  This summer, she made her role debut as Isaura in Rossini’s Tancredi in the inaugural season of Teatro Nuovo under the baton of Will Crutchfield.   In the 2018/2019 season, Ms. Ludwig makes debuts with Opera Philadelphia as Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Annapolis Opera in her role debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and with The Columbus Symphony in Mozart’s Requiem.  Ms. Ludwig has achieved numerous awardsthrough several competitions. She recently was awarded 2nd Place in the 2018 Loren L Zachary Society for the Performing Arts Vocal Competition in Beverly Hills, CA. She has received encouragement awards from the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition, The Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, the Gulf Coast Regional of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini International Vocal Competition. She is also a Grant winner of the Giulio Gari Vocal competition. Ms. Ludwig received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of the Pacific under Professor Burr Phillips. She also received training from the Aspen Music Festival, Taos Opera Institute, Napa Music Festival, and Classical Lyric Arts in France.

Joshua Guerrero, Tenor

Proclaimed a “gifted young tenor” by the New York Times, Grammy award winner Joshua Guerrero makes his Washington National Opera debut as Alfredo in a new production of La traviata. He debuts at the Houston Grand Opera as Arcadio in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas and returns to the Canadian Opera Company as Rodolfo in La bohème. Mr. Guerrero will be the tenor soloist in the Bel Canto Trio’s 70th anniversary tour, featuring rising young opera stars in the program originally toured by Mario Lanza, George London, and Frances Yeend.

Theo Hoffman, Baritone

Acclaimed New York City-born baritone Theo Hoffman can be seen this season at Los Angeles Opera in Satyagraha by Philip Glass, Opera Omaha as Paul in Glass’ Les Enfants Terribles, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro. He debuts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Candide under the baton of Marin Alsop, and makes concert appearances at the Salzburger Mozartwoche with Il Giardino Armonico and Orchester Wiener Akademie. Past operatic engagements include the US premier of Glass’ The Trial at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Schaunard in La Bohème with Atlanta Opera, and the Steward in Flight at Des Moines Metro Opera. A regular with Los Angeles Opera, Hoffman has been seen in Candide, Carmen, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Salome, Wonderful Town, and Macbeth. Mr. Hoffman has concertized with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Marlboro Music, Orchestre National de Lille, Grand Teton Music Festival, Winston-Salem Symphony, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Music Northwest. He has appeared in recital at some of the world’s leading venues, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. He is a regular performer with the New York Festival of Song, and serves as a member of their artistic advisement council. Mr. Hoffman is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he performed Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Le Directeur in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias. Mr. Hoffman is the recipient of awards from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, the Sullivan Foundation, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, The Kurt Weill Foundation, and was a Grand Finalist in the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Hoffman recently completed his time as a Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist at Los Angeles Opera under the auspices of Plácido Domingo and James Conlon. Future seasons see him in debuts with Opera Philadelphia and Seattle Opera.

Lachlan Glen, Pianist

Australian pianist, conductor and producer LACHLAN GLEN (b. 1989) regularly performs around Australia, Europe, and the United States, at venues including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. As a pianist, he has performed with various ensembles throughout Australia, Europe and the U.S. in works ranging from Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 in E-flat to David Gillingham’s Concerto for Piano, Percussion and Wind Orchestra. He has also been featured live on national television in Australia (“The Morning Show”) and is often heard on both local and national radio in Australia, Europe and the US. His album of American art song, entitled Stopping By (with tenor Kyle Bielfield), debuted at #5 on the iTunes New & Noteworthy Classical Charts and #24 on the Billboard Classical Music Chart, and was recently re-released on the Decca label.

The featured singers and program to be announced soon!



Single Ticket: $150 / Join the Society (5 show series): $500



*Ticket prices subject to change

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