The Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, Frank Fetta, Music Director, and four stellar singers from the Los Angeles Opera will preview the Opera’s 2008 season in a program to be presented Thursday August 9, 2007 at 7pm. Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water presents the Marina del Rey Summer Concerts free to the public.
Soprano Shana Blake Hill, soprano Marina Fortuna, tenor Matthew Edwardsen and baritone Nmon Ford will be heard in arias from Otello, Carmen, Don Giovanni, La Boheme, Louise, Andrea Chnier, La Rondine, and Tosca.
Shana Blake Hill has appeared with the Los Angeles Opera as a principal artist, most recently as Papagena in The Magic Flute. Other roles she has sung with the company include Zerlina in a touring production of Don Giovanni, Mimi in La Boheme, and Clorinda in La Cenerentola.
Maria Fortuna has sung leading roles with companies around the world. In addition to her numerous recitals, she has appeared as soloist in concert performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the San Francisco Symphony.
Matthew Edwardsen began this year by returning to the role of Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata. He has also appeared as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La Boheme, and as Don Jose in Carmen. Nmon Ford is a two-time Grammy winner and has most recently performed both Scarpia in Tosca and the title role in the new production of Billy Budd with Hamburg Opera.
Sponsors for the Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series are Los Angeles Supervisor Don Knabe, The Department of Beaches and Harbors, The Ritz Carlton and KUSC Classical FM 91.5.