Home for Christmas
An Evening of Holiday Music and Conversation
To Benefit FirstServe Community Services
of the South Bay
Soprano Jennie Olivia was First Place Winner of the 2017 Vocal Vision Award (UCLA) and was a recipient of the 2016 Mimi Alpert Feldman Award. She has also received prizes from the Ahmanson Foundation and the Nakamichi Foundation. Ms. Olivia's operatic roles include Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Micaela (The Tragedy of Carmen), Le Prince Charmant (Cendrillon), Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), The Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors) and Geraldine (A Hand of Bridge). In the spring of 2017, she sang the comical role of Aunt Norris in the Southern California premiere of Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park under the direction of Peter Kazaras. A musical theatre performer as well, Ms. Olivia has performed the roles of Cinderella’s Stepmother (Into the Woods), Rose (The Secret Garden), Mrs. Merkle (Bye, Bye Birdie!) and the Milkmaid (Oliver!). Ms. Olivia is a graduate of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Master's Program and Pepperdine University. Ms. Olivia is also an alumna of the prestigious Los Angeles County High School County High School for the Arts (LACHSA).
Baritone Ben Lowe, who has been heralded for his “stentorian voice” by Singerpreneur, made his European concert debut this season in Siena and Florence, Italy as the Bass soloist in the Verdi Requiem. Returning to Pacific Opera Project in their production of La Bohème as Marcello concludes a jam-packed season 2018 included a debut performance of Marcello at The Colburn School of Music, reprising the role of Dulcamara in L’Elisir D’amore, and a workshop of a new, one-act opera for LA Opera. Mr. Lowe made his New York debut performing in the East Coast premiere of Matt Aucoin’s opera Crossing and performed his one-act opera Second Nature in 2017. His 2019 season begins with a world premiere of Llantos, a new Mariachi opera presented in Arizona. Then, Mr. Lowe will be joining Opera Delaware as a Young Artist for their season, performing leading roles in Dead Man Walking and Trial by Jury. Past achievements include being a finalist in both the Palm Springs Opera Guild and The Loren L. Zachary Society competitions, and winner of the 2016 Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Mr. Lowe studies under Maestro Vladimir Chernov and is a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills and UCLA.
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Presenter / Producer: FirstServe Community Services of the South Bay
Music > Classical
Music > Recitals - Vocal
Music > Chamber Music
Event Phone: 310-320-3818
First Lutheran Church & School - Torrance
2900 W. Carson Street
Torrance CA 90503
Long Beach & South Bay
Performance Dates: 12/9/2018
Admission: $20 / $10 children under 16.
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