Amazingly, but not at all surprisingly, the 2018 Savanah VOICE Festival’s sixth annual festival – themed “Stories Great and Small” – will present a striking array of internationally acclaimed opera singers, including several local SVF favorites, as well as unveiling a few new and upcoming operatic voices.
Having these extraordinary opera legends – and soon-to-be legends – in Savannah is the direct result of universally hailed Artistic Director Sherrill Milnes’ keen eye for recognizing and attracting talent. A three-time Grammy Award winner and acknowledged world-wide to be the foremost baritone of his generation, Milnes personifies a true and dedicated master of the operatic art form.
Having recently announced the launch of its new brand, Savannah Opera, Milnes and his wife, operatic Soprano Maria Zouves, are energized and poised to make the 2018 SVF their most exciting season yet. Staged from Aug. 4-26, the three-week celebration of vocal music will astound fans and supporters with its conglomeration of brilliant voices taking form as acclaimed opera vocalists. Each artist has a story, and some of them are just beginning.
Guests will enjoy pre-opera entertainment with telephone-related pieces, at 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Davenport House Kennedy Pharmacy, 324 E. State St.
Praised in Opera News for her “bright and well-focused tone,” Savanah VOICE Festival is fortunate to have Micaëla Oeste return to their stages. Oeste, along with other SVF favorites, Santiago Ballerini, Jessica Ann Best, and Marco Nisticò, will come together to present the crowning jewel of the 2018 Savannah VOICE Festival. For the first time, the newly formed Savannah Opera at the Festival will present Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St, with English supertitles – a performance sure to delight and awe the audience.