By Ralph Derickson
opera lovers are in for a bonus this year, becuase
internationally respected baritone Sherrill Milnes
will serve as artistic adviser.
24, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) -- "Don
Giovanni," Mozart's opera based on the life of the
legendary philanderer Don Juan, kicks off the University
of Kentucky's 2001 opera season with performances
set for 8 p.m. Oct. 11, 18, and 20 and at 2 p.m. Oct.
14 in the Lexington Opera House.
McCorvey, director of the UK's Opera Theater, said
Kentucky opera lovers are in for a bonus this year
because the internationally respected baritone Sherrill
Milnes will serve as artistic adviser for "Don Giovanni."
be a special treat for opera fans and UK music students
who will participate in master classes with Milnes,"
McCorvey said. "Mr. Milnes has played the part of
Don Giovanni more times than any other actor in the
world making him truly an expert of the role."
who grew up on a dairy farm in Downers Grove, Ill.,
has performed in opera houses all over the world and
is a "superstar" in every sense, McCorvey added. He
is particularly well know for his performances in
Verdi's works and was launched to stardom in a riveting
performance as Miller in Verdi's "Luisa Miller."
of Don Giovanni will include both local and national
emerging stars, McCorvey commented. Norman Reinhardt,
a native of North Carolina, who was the 2000 district
winner of the New York Metropolitan Opera District
Auditions held at UK and who also came in second in
the regional auditions in Indianapolis, will play
the part of Don Ottavio. Reinhardt, a tenor, was a
student at Asbury College during the Met auditions
and is now a music student at UK pursuing a master's
in vocal performance as a student of Professor Stephen
is certainly on the singers-to-watch list at the Metropolitan
Opera, McCorvey added.
Huseth, a UK doctoral student under the tutelage of
Professor Gail Robinson, will play the role of Don
Giovanni in UK's performances. Huseth is a graduate
of the Conservatory of Music at the University of
Missouri-Kansas City. Last year, he was seen as Dr.
Malatesta in UK Opera Theatre's production of "Don
Pasquale." Another recent engagement for Huseth included
the role of John Brooke in Little women with the Civic
Opera of Kansas.
play all of the characters in "Don Giovanni. The list
of characters includes Patricia Andress, a soprano
from Nashville, Tenn., and another of Robinson's doctoral
students who will play the part of Zerlina; Jennifer
Coleman, a soprano doctoral student and native of
Napa Valley, Calif., who will play Elvira; Corey S.
Crider, a baritone from Marion, Ky., who is also a
master's student, who will play the role of Leporello;
Reshma Shetty, a soprano master's student from London,
England, who has sung a diverse repertoire of musical
theater and operatic roles ranging from Laurie Moss
in Copland's "The Tender Land" to Andrea in "Once
on this Island," will play the character Zerlina;
Edward White Jr., of Alabama, a doctoral student who
will play Masetto, and n Hope Koehler, also of Nashville,
a soprano doctoral student who is on the music faculty
at Transylvania University, will play Donna Anna.
for the "Don Giovanni" performances, including a first-time
opera season subscription ticket package, are available
by calling the Ticket Office in the UK Singletary
Center for the Arts, (859) 257-4929. Ticket prices
range from $15 to $18 for reserve seating, $10 for
students, two tickets for $25 for UK staff and faculty.
A $50 VIP ticket for the Oct. 11 performance includes
admission to a post-performance reception with the
cast and Mr. Milnes. Additionally "Class-Pass" tickets
are available to UK students for $8 each. For students
to receive Class-Pass tickets, a professor must fax
a class list to (859) 323-9991 and write "Class-Pass
Giovanni tickets" on the fax. Class-Pass tickets are
available with advanced purchase only.