Juneau Opera sponsors concert, voice and piano master classes

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2003

JUNEAU - The Juneau Lyric Opera is sponsoring two performances by Canadian mezzo-soprano Christine Antenbring and pianist Mikhail Hallack at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15 and Saturday March 22 at Aldersgate Methodist Church. Antenbring and Hallack will also teach master classes.

Antenbring, who has received acclaim at vocal festivals around the world, was recently described in the Belgian newspaper "La Libre Belgique" as having a "magnificent voice with a superb timbre, but also an intense temperament - all indications of a talent worth following."

Todd Hunt, a Juneau conductor, worked with Antenbring while directing an opera company in Indiana, and first met her at an audition.

"We didn't know who we were going to cast and Christine shows up out of the blue and blew us out the water. We were like, 'well, that takes care of that problem,' " Hunt said.

No voice teachers in Juneau specifically teach in the mezzo soprano or lower soprano range, Hunt said. Singers with lower voices will get an opportunity to have some specific training in the master class, Hunt said.

Hallack, a pianist from Belgium, joined The Metropolitan Opera under the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the beginning of the 2001-02 season. Hunt worked with him in Indiana where Hallack was a vocal coach and accompanist.

"He is a professional coming into town offering different ways of looking at not only vocal accompaniment but instrumental accompaniment as well," Hunt said.

Antenbring's vocal master class will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. To sing in the class, e-mail opera@juneau.com immediately to be put on the waiting list, or call 789-4604. Hallack's piano master class will be Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. also at Aldersgate. The cost is $50 for each class. To be an audience member, the cost is $10.

Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance at Hearthside Books, or $18 at the door.

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