Come Celebrate Germany in Song at Kulturabend with Opéra Nouvelle!
Beer, Bratwurst, Pretzels, AND OPERA!
- Tuesday, October 19, 2021
- 7:00 PM
- Deutches Haus: 1700 Moss St., New Orleans, LA 70119
- Deutches Haus phone: (504) 522-8014
Featuring Imani Sarai Francis, Nicole Heinen, Spencer Reichman, Zara Zemmels, and Carol Rausch
Imani Sarai Francis, Soprano
Soprano, Imani Sarai Francis is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and a proud product of the Orleans Parish Public Schools System where she attended and graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) in 2016. She was most recently seen on New Orleans Opera stage as Clara in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Imani is also very active in her community as she has served as a youth counselor, and assistant voice and African American history teacher for Tambourine and Fan, a youth organization founded by Freedom Rider, Mr. Jerome Smith. She is the founder of the Robert Honeysucker Negro Spiritual Concert Series. Imani is a graduate of Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, receiving her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2020. Ms. Francis is currently a graduate Vocal Performance major at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, pursuing a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance.
Nicole Heinen, Soprano
Noted for her “golden-voiced” singing (Voix des Arts) and “deft hand at verbal and physical comedy” (The Isthmus), American soprano Nicole Heinen has dazzled audiences with her demanding stage presence. Praised by the Journal Sentinel for her “clear, ringing sound and facile technique”, Ms. Heinen is establishing herself as an artist to watch out for.The 2020 season would have marked Nicole’s debut with the Chautauqua Opera Festival, performing Lillian Russell in Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All, Mukhtar Mai (cover) in Kamala Sankarams Thumbprint and a joint song recital. However, due to COVID-19 the festival was cancelled and taken to a virtual platform. During the virtual festival Ms. Heinen debuted one of several micro pieces from Frances Pollock and Jerre Dye’s a cappella song cycle as well as performed in numerous online concerts and masterclasses. www.nicoleheinensoprano.com
Spencer Reichman, Baritone
Baritone Spencer Reichman, a native of Austin Texas has recently performed Monterone in Rigoletto with Shreveport Opera, Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore with Pensacola Opera, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Nashville Opera, and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Shreveport Opera and Central City Opera. Equally at home with operetta, Mr. Reichman was invited in summer 2016 to Harrogate, England to perform in Patience at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Upcoming engagements include performances with the Fort Worth Opera, New Orleans Opera Association, and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera.
Zara Zemmels Mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Zara Zemmels is a versatile singing actress who has been praised for her rich tone, wide vocal range and dramatic commitment. She finished her Masters in Vocal Performance at Loyola University in May 2019 and received Loyola’s award for Outstanding Opera Graduate Student. The 2022 spring season brings her to Sarasota Opera as an apprentice artist where she will perform in multiple operas and outreach concerts. Her notable roles include Jo March in Little Women, Prince Charming in Cendrillon, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Carol Rausch, Piano
Carol Rausch is currently the Chorus Master and Music Administrator for the New Orleans Opera Association. She also serves as an Instructor of Opera Workshop at Loyola University New Orleans, and Chorus Master and Music Administrator for the Chautauqua Opera’s summer festival season in upstate New York, where she heads the music staff and oversees the nationally recognized apprentice program. Rausch has previously worked for the Virginia Opera, Greater Miami Opera, Ohio Light Opera and Opera/Columbus.