As part of the 2017 Tucson Desert Song Festival, Company Ballet Master Daniel Precup choreographs the world premiere of Love Songs to some of the opera's most famous arias including La Traviata, La Boheme, The Pearl Fishers, Rigoletto, and Tosca to name just a few. Bernardo Bermudez (back by popular demand) and Victoria Robertson are the featured vocal guest artists and live piano accompaniment add to the romance and passion of this memorable concert to share with your favorite valentine!
Other offerings on the program will include:
In The Mood – Former Ballet Tucson Resident Choreographer Mark Schneider's homage to the big-band era is an upbeat, romantic, and fun ballet with the full company.
Titania and Bottom – a comedic duet excerpted from Ballet Tucson's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream will feature Connolly Strombeck (as Bottom) and Taylor Johnson or Elizabeth Egleson as Titania (Queen of the Fairies).
Romeo & Juliet Pas de Deux – Daniel Precup choreographs a new version of this famous duet depicting tragic love for Ballerina Jenna Johnson and Season Guest Artist Fredrick Davis.
Swan Lake Pas de Deux – the famous "White Swan" Pas de Deux expressing undying love from the most revered classical ballet of all times Swan Lake will feature Vasily Lunde and Megan Steffens or Laura Lunde.
About Bernardo Bermudez
American-born lyric baritone Bernardo Bermudez was raised in Venezuela, and started his musical education at The Conservatory of Music Juan Manuel Olivares, in Caracas. Currently living in San Diego, his operatic roles include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Silvio in Pagliacci, Valentin in Faust, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Vidal Hernando in Luisa Fernanda, Scarpia in Tosca, Schaunard in La Bohème, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas, Mercurio in L'incoronazione di Poppea, Teniente Cantalapiedra in Cecilia Valdes, Count Capulet in Romeo et Juliette, El Dancairo in Carmen, Marullo in Rigoletto. He also sang Morald in the North America stage premiere of Richard Wagner's Die Feen, as part of Los Angeles Opera's Ring Festival.
He participated as a voice fellow at the prestigious summer festivals at The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA, as well as Opera North in New Hampshire. He received 1st place in the NATS LA singing competition, 1st place winner in AEIOU, 39th Annual Opera Scholarship and Competition, finalist in the Burbank Philharmonic Hennings-Fischer Opera Competition, recipient of the Anne and Michael Towbes Scholarship in Voice, Opera Buffs Grant recipient, semifinalist in the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, recipient of the Doug Acker Memorial Vocal Scholarship, and 2nd place winner in the Virginia Hawk Vocal Competition.
About Victoria Robertson
Ms. Robertson has been training as a classical vocalist for over fifteen years. Her opera and art song performances won her several distinguished vocal competition titles such as the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Competition, National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, Musical Merit Competition, and Virginia Hawk Competition. In 2008 she won the Carlsbad to Karlovy Vary Competition and was sponsored by the city of San Diego to compete in the Dvoák Competition in its sister city in the Czech Republic.
Ms. Robertson has been featured at performing arts centers and concert halls worldwide and has performance history with several symphony orchestras and opera companies including San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Symphony, TICO Orchestra, San Diego Opera, and Santa Barbara Opera. In 2010 she performed in the World Premier of Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Stephen Schwartz (composer of Wicked) with Opera Santa Barbara. Victoria has a passion for sacred music and performs concerts and recitals at churches and cathedrals in the United States and in Europe. She is currently the private student of famed tenor Michael Trimble. She attended both UC San Diego and San Diego State University where she worked on music performance while continuing private vocal study.
Friday, February 3 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 4 – 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 5 – 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm
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