'An Evening of Opera'

Waynes, Garry, Kazama reunite for 30th year of Juneau Lyric Opera

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2004

Schedule of Events

The Juneau Lyric Opera is celebrating its 30th season. Here is its schedule of events:

• Sept. 25, 2004 - "An Evening of Opera," Kathleen and Dan Wayne, Bill Garry and pianist Sue Kazama reunite for a recital in French, Italian and German. Starts at 8 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Repeat performance on Oct. 2 in Anchorage as part of the University of Alaska Anchorage 2004-05 concert series.

• Oct. 16-17, 2004 - "1940s Tea," music from the war years.

• December 2004 - "Messiah," the traditional holiday performance includes the Mozart orchestration. Rehearsals begin in October.

• Jan. 2-8, 2005 - Mid-winter Vocal Festival, music from Bach to Broadway.

• Spring 2005 - "The Barber of Seville."

• Summer 2005 - Mid-Summer Vocal Festival, features "Brahms Requiem," an encore of JLO's first mid-summer work.

Soprano Kathleen Wayne and her husband, tenor Dan Wayne, were thinking of planning a recital when they realized the obvious.

They needed Bill Garry.

"It's not the same without Bill," said Kathleen, of the longtime Juneau Lyric Opera bass, now retired and living in Eagle River. "He's just so much fun to perform with, and he also increases the repertoire of things we can perform."

As it turns out, it wasn't hard to draft Garry into the project. The longtime Juneau resident, now a voice teacher at the University of Alaska Anchorage, will perform "An Evening of Opera" with the Waynes and pianist Sue Kazama at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Aldersgate Methodist Church.

The show kicks off the 30th anniversary of the Juneau Lyric Opera. Tickets are available at Hearthside Books and at the door.

The four will also be featured on Oct. 2 in Anchorage as part of the UAA's 2004-05 concert series. This is their first recital together since their "Evening of Song" in 1998.

Garry and the Waynes have been performing together since the JLO presented "The Pirates of Penzance" in the early 1990s. Garry has a degree in opera performance from Stanford. Kathleen teaches at her own studio. Dan is an attorney.

"I like performing with Bill," Dan said. "He just loves music so much, and when you practice, he just feels so much joy working in a piece. It's inspiring. And he's been somebody that I've learned a lot from as a performer, especially coming to opera late in my life. It takes a while to really get bitten by the bug, and he helped me do that."

"There's a lot more bass and soprano duets than soprano and tenor duets," Kathleen said. "We've been in ensemble pieces and programs, but we just really enjoy singing with one another, so we decided to do our own recital with solos and duets."

The selections will be in French and Italian, with the possible exception of a German piece. The show will include a piece from Leo Delibes' "Lakmé," set in 19th century India; a work from "The Barber of Seville," which the Lyric Opera will perform this spring; a selection from "La Traviata;" and the third act of Puccini's "La Boheme." They performed the entire Puccini opera a few years ago at the downtown Palace Theater.

The show will also feature a work from Hector Berlioz' "Les Troyens," a French opera about the story of Troy.

"It's a beautiful love duet of Dido and Aeneas," Kathleen said. "It's a gem of a piece in French. It lasts eight minutes, but it's just gorgeous. It will be a new piece for a lot of people."

• Korry Keeker can be reached at korry.keeker@juneauempire.com.

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