The sixth annual Savannah VOICE Festival, themed “Stories Great & Small,” is underway and will run from Aug. 4-26 in and around Savannah, featuring music from opera, musical theater and popular song. Pianist Dan Gettinger returns to lead one of the most popular concerts of the Festival with new stories to tell in “Broadway Tales” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at Asbury Memorial UMC,1008 E. Henry St. This lively performance explores the stories that have crossed over from the opera world to Broadway. SVF artists bring a piece of Broadway to Savannah during this 90-minute revue of musical theater favorites
Festival artist, tenor – Jonathan Walker VanKuren, will be appearing in this fun production as well as Kings of the High C’s and Fab “Four” the Festival. SVF will present the tenor concert “Kings of the High C’s” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St. Led by Dan Gettinger, this fantastic performance shows tenor bravado that makes leading ladies and audiences swoon. From Nessun Dorma to O Sole Mio, none of the audience’s favorites will be left out of this thrilling concert. Audience members can travel back in time to the Age of Aquarius with “Fab ‘Four’ The Festival” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St. This concert, celebrating the vibrant music of the 60s, will feature SVF artists and Savannah’s own Elite Party Band performing hits by the era’s most memorable performers, including the ‘Fab Four.’ Walker-VanKuren will also play the role of Giuseppe in 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. This timeless story is staged by Metropolitan Opera’s renowned director Fabrizio Melano in its traditional Parisian setting and musically led by last season’s Barber of Seville conductor, Jorge Parodi to bring this gorgeous tragedy to life
Named “an operatic superstar of the 21st century,” renowned mezzo soprano Denyce Graves is one of the most exciting artists singing and teaching today. Her iconic portrayals of classic characters like Carmen and Dalila have been staples of her career. Graves experience extends beyond opera into musical theatre and popular music. Graves will present a “Master Class” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad Street. During this Master Class Graves will share her knowledge with the next generation of great artists.
What began as a collection of songs by brother and sister Engelbert Humperdinck and Adelheid Wette is now one of the most performed children’s operas in the world. SVF will present “Hansel and Gretel” at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at the Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts, 349 W. Jones St. This performance, which will have Savannah-Chatham County School in attendance as part of the SVF’s Education and Outreach initiative, will take the audience along for a journey through the forest as this fairy tale is brought to life with beautiful music in this family-friendly show presented in collaboration with Esther F. Garrison School students. The opera will be performed in English with a live orchestral ensemble. SVF will provide a second opportunity for audiences to attend “Hansel and Gretel” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 also at the Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts. Festival favorite artist, Mezzo-soprano,
Melanie Campbell, will enchant audiences with her performance of the role of the witch in this production. Special student and military tickets priced at $15 will be available at the door on the day of each concert to make performances accessible to all.
The 6th annual SVF will conclude with the Festival Finale “Stories Great and Small” at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Plantation Club at the Landings, 1 Cottonwood Dr. After three weeks of sharing stories, the SVF artists will gather one last time for this special concert featuring highlights of the season, glimpses of what is to come and a grand finale Gala dinner. The 2019 Savannah Opera Season will be announced as the Festival says goodbye “until the next time”!
Some Festival events will be free with other individual events offering tickets from $22 and premium seating for events at the Westin Savannah Harbor, Asbury Memorial UMC, Yamacraw Center for the Arts and the Charles H. Morris Center. Premium seating tickets include seats in the premium section of these venues. Seats are not assigned. Reserved Seating for Festival Sponsors will be marked at each venue. To purchase tickets for the 6th Savannah VOICE Festival, please visit www.Savannah- VOICEFestival.org or call 855-76-OPERA.
With VOICE Society members enjoying more opportunities to be part of the music, the SVF encourages its audience to become part of the family. To enroll as a member or learn more about the program’s benefits, or for more information about the SVF, please visit www.SavannahVOICEFestival.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 855-76-OPERA.