Calendar of Events
In the Mouth of the Wolf
Film and Presentation by August Ventura
March 20, 2020
Bromeley Family Theater
What is it about Parma? An opera town like no other, Parma and its magnificent Teatro Regio enjoy fame -- some would say infamy -- as the "toughest", most passionate and best-informed opera audience in the world. The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center welcomes filmmaker and Verdi devotee August Ventura as he presents a fascinating glimpse into the uniquely working-class atmosphere of Parma's opera-mad residents. At the center of the program is an extraordinary “lost” film from 1963 — virtually unseen in over half a century — about the mounting of a production of Verdi’s Luisa Miller at the Teatro Regio, starring opera greats Piero Cappuccilli, Margherita Roberti, Renato Cioni and Nicola Zaccaria (Marilyn Horne’s colleague and companion for many years). Ventura will round out the program with additional features, including footage from his own documentary-in-progress, to provide further insight into Verdi’s ever-enduring greatness and perhaps help answer the question, "is Parma still like that?"
Eastman School of Music Vocal Recital
April 17, 2020
Harriett B. Wick Chapel
Organized by Eastman School of Music vocal professor and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Kathryn Cowdrick, this concert will feature the talents of tenor Bergsvein W. Toverud, soprano Sophie Thompson, mezzo-soprano Veena Akama-Makia, and bass Michael Galvin. The performance will feature traditional operatic works along with musical theater selections.
Pianist, educator, and arts administrator Zachary Peterson will accompany the four talented singers on piano. Peterson holds degrees in music and collaborative piano, and currently serves at the graduate advisor for the Eastman School of Music.
Award-winning Norwegian tenor Bergsvein W. Toverud is currently pursuing a masters degree at the Eastman School of Music under the direction of Robert Swenson. Versatile soprano Sophie Thompson is in the second year of her masters of music program at the Eastman School under the direction of Kathryn Cowdrick. Arkansas-born mezzo-soprano Veena Akama-Makia, also a pupil of Cowdrick, received her masters degree from the Eastman School and made her Italian singing debut in the summer of 2018. Bass Michael Galvin made his European debut this past summer and holds degrees from Ithaca College and the Eastman School of Music.