The Los Alamos and Espanola Valley Opera Guilds invites the community to The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Concert. This Community Concert starts at 3 p.m., Sunday June 26, at The United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road.
Community members and friends are welcome for this free concert. Chapter guild memberships will be available. The Santa Fe Opera’s performer will be soprano Rebecca Kynski and bass-baritone Adrian Smith with pianist James Lesniak. come enjoy a sneak peak of the talent before the Festive 2016 Season Opera opens on Friday, July 1.
Rebecca Krynski-Cox, soprano, from Charlotte, NC, covered Sara Cold Mountain for SFO in 2015 and has sung Violetta La Traviata with Kentucky Opera; Micaela Tragédie de Carmen with Des Moines Metro; as well as Micaela Carmen with El Paso Opera. As Resident Artist Minnesota she was Louella Parsons Dream of Valentino. She was Young Artist with Des Moines Metro. Her BM is from University of S. Carolina and MM from Manhattan School of Music. At MSM she sang Fiordiligi Cosi, Rosina Ghosts of Versailles, and Salud Vida breve. She also sang Cynthia in a workshop of Muhly’s Two Boys with The Metropolitan Opera, and returns to SFO to cover the Countess Capriccio.
Second-year bass-baritone Adrian Smith was Papageno in Asheville Lyric Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, and performed Don Basilio The Barber of Seville earlier in the season. Adrian comes from Hickory, NC, he received BA Voice Lenoir-Rhyne U., and his MM & Performance Certificate Boston U. He has been a Young Artist at Virginia Opera, Glimmerglass, Kentucky Opera, Central City and a Gerdine Young Artist at OTSL. In March he performed Zuniga Carmen with El Paso Opera. This season at Santa Fe Opera, Adrian will be singing Frère Jean Romeo et Juliette, Larkens La fanciulla, Major-Domo Capriccio, and will be covering the Doctor Vanessa.
A native of Kenosha, Wisc., James Lesniak is a member of the music staff of the Santa Fe Opera and has been the Pittsburgh Opera music staff since 2006. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Indiana University, where he studied with pianists Menahem Pressler, Karen Shaw and Evelyne Brancart. While completing his degrees, he served on the music staff for Mississippi State University and the Indiana University Opera Theatre. Further studies included an apprenticeship with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera for two seasons, where he was given his operatic debut in the non-singing/piano playing role of Lazinski in Fedora at the Kennedy Center, accompanying Placido Domingo in the opera. In addition, he has served on the coaching staff of Brevard Music Center, Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony.