Georgia State University Opera Theater rocked The National Opera Association’s national convention with two impressive achievements in the Collegiate Opera Scene Competition, which was part of the convention. GSU Opera Theater undergraduates Carolyn Balkovetz, soprano and Kirby Eicholtz, tenor won first place in Division I – for artists under 23 years old- with their duet from Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. Graduate student tenor Cleyton Pulzi and senior baritone John Tibbetts were chosen as one of four finalists in Division II with their duet, a scene from Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers). Both scenes were staged and choreographed by Valerie Adams Distinguished Professor in Opera Studies Carroll Freeman, prepared by GSU Opera Theater music director Grant Jones and accompanied by Grammy Award-winning collaborative artist Rebecca Wilt. Baritone John Tibbetts was also a finalist for the Dominick Argento Competition in Voice.
The 2015 National Opera Association Convention was held in Greensboro, North Carolina January 8-11, hosted in part by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The theme was Crossroads and Challenges: Compass Points for Creation. Convention highlights for educators, professionals and students included a full production of La Fille du Régiment by the Greensboro Opera and featuring tenor René Barbera. For GSU Opera Theatre students and faculty placement and wins at the Convention validated the hard work that is the cornerstone of the rigorous opera curriculum at Georgia State University School of Music. Students look forward to showing off their skills throughout the coming year. Coming in Spring – GSU Opera Theater’s youthful production of Puccini’s romantic tale of love, ambition and a punishing Parisian winter La Bohème at the Rialto Center for the Arts, April 10-12th.