Sunday October 20, 2019 3:00 PM @ NOMA Sculpture Garden
Welcome to the sequel that’s better than the original!
This stunning sequel to the 2018 Feast for the Senses features singers, pianists, readers and other musical instruments in a dazzling display of opera and musical theatre favorites that will celebrate The Classics, Reflections and Magic and Wonder in a three-course aural and visual delight for the audience.
The idea of mixed media is not a new one, and opera has, since the early 17th Century been at the center of many traditional and emerging visual and performing art forms. Come and relish musical selections from early Baroque favorites, such as Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Cavalli’s La Calisto, the Classics, such as Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, and even newer works such as Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the runaway Broadway Hit, Hamilton!
Where can you see a bowl of eyeballs and several swords next to a huge chandelier in front of rows and rows of props? It’s like a candy store for everyone that ever dreamed of putting on a show in their childhood!
Here’s your chance to live the dream. Join the Sylvain Society on Thursday, October 17th for a tour and then stick around for the Canvas & Cocktail event following.
5:30 PM Tour of the Scenic Studio, Free Guided tour where the costumes and sets for our operas are created.
6:30 PM Canvas & Cocktails, $35 Hosted by The Weathered Canvas’
H. Lloyd Hawkins Scenic Studio, 3020 Lausat St., Metairie, LA 70001
Freda Lupin Memorial Hall at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts at 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70117.
The Wood Competition is in its fifth year as a significant young artist entry vehicle into the professional realm of singing. Past participants have enjoyed regional, national and international celebrity as young artist professionals. The competition is a collaborative effort between the New Orleans Opera Association, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Tulane University, and Loyola University New Orleans.
All local and regional voice teachers are invited to enter
their students for this contest, and the deadline is Midnight, Tuesday,
September 10, 2019. From the pool of applicants, a selection of
approximately 25 high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be chosen by
the New Orleans Opera Association to sing in the competition. Two
first-place winners (male and female) will be awarded $1,000 each; two
second-place winners (male and female) will receive $500 each. Please download
the informational flier and competition application to share with others.
Check-in will be at 12:30 p.m. on October 26, 2019, with the
competition beginning promptly at 1:00 p.m. The Donald W. Wood, Jr. Competition
is free and open to the public and should end by 5:00 p.m.
The 2019-2020 student vocalists competing in the Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition are as follows:
Nadia Abboud-Joffe (f); Sophomore, Lusher Charter School, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Dr. Beth Rota
Lauren Albano (f); Junior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle
Kieva Banks (f); Senior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle
Abigail Roques (f); Senior, Pensacola Christian Academy, Slidell, Louisiana; Instructor: Joy Greene Meade
Sarah Schexnayder (f); Senior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle
Sebastien Shays (m); Senior, Lusher Charter School, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructors: Dr. Beth Rota and Dr. William Mouat
Kate Tomeny (f); Sophomore, Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Megan Dearie
Olivia Tuck (f); Sophomore, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle
A’farrah Wallace (f); Senior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle
Founded in 2015, The Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition
(Wood Competition) is a collaboration between the New Orleans Opera
Association, Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts,
Tulane University Department of Music, and New Orleans Center for Creative
Arts. The contest is open to all Louisiana high school sophomores, juniors, and
seniors. The Wood Competition promotes artistic excellence, provides financial
support to young vocalists, and encourages young local singers in vocal music.
Created by New Orleans Opera board member, Debby Hirsch Wood in honor of her late husband Donald W. Wood Sr., the Wood family has granted funding for the competition to continue in perpetuity in his name. Donald Wood Sr. loved opera and was supportive of NOOA’s educational endeavors.
Pictured above, left to right: Dade Michael Dufrene, Olivia Belle Gray, Julian Maccrea Revell,Debby Hirsch Wood, Sarah-Katherine McCallum, Ashton Louis Stephens, Andrew David Aceves, Lauren A. Albano, Kieva Ja’Lisa Banks. Photo credit: Thomas Grosscup at Nunemaker Hall at Loyola University, Sunday, October 21, 2018
View the list of the competition winners by year here.