One of the many things the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music prides itself on is its ability to connect students with professional programs within the community, broadening their professional scope. The School of Music’s collaborative work includes the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Memphis, and several other local arts programs.
Opera Memphis recently announced that their “30 Days of Opera” program will be back this year. This program works to bring “free, live opera events to every zip code in Memphis.” Throughout the month of April Memphis locals can see Opera Memphis’s artists presenting live opera throughout the city. Among the artists featured this year are University of Memphis Alumni and current students Shannon Redburn, Aaron Redburn, Bethania Baray, Dane Suarez, Maria Fasciano, Marcus King, Philip Himebook, Tanisha Ward, Desiree Soto, and Alyce Tarver Wells.
When asked what they most enjoy about working with Opera Memphis on their “30 Days of Opera,” our students had these uplifting words.
“I love working with Opera Memphis because of their devotion to the idea that opera is for everyone. It IS for everyone. I am proud to be a part of a company that actively works to make opera an inclusive and accessible art form.”- Shannon Redburn, current D.M.A student.
“This company is always creating new ways to bring opera to the people of Memphis. Opera Memphis is warm, welcoming, and inclusive to all people, and that’s why I love being a part of 30 Days of Opera.”- Alyce Tarver Wells, current D.M.A. student.
“I sincerely enjoy performing for those unfamiliar with or uncertain of opera. I appreciate Opera Memphis’ belief that opera belongs to everyone, and it makes me feel so grateful to be able to have the ability to connect with the audiences I encounter all across Memphis through opera in #30days!”- Desiree Soto, current D.M.A. student.
In order to keep everyone safe Opera Memphis has put in place Covid protocols. All performances of “30 Days of Opera” will be outdoors. Singers will also be required to wear masks and practice social distancing; they will be allowed to remove their mask to sing if a safe distance is maintained.
Memphis locals can request a “30 Days of Opera” performance in their area by emailing Opera Memphis.