An Informal, cabaret-style evening, with popular opera arias and musical theatre hits, in collaboration with the Opera Guild of Rochester. This casual live performance is perfect those seeking to learn about opera, as well as die-hard fans.
Kicking off the season with selections from Gounod, Gershwin, Bizet and more is mezzo-soprano Veena Akama-Makia. Veena received her Master’s in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Professor Kathryn Cowdrick. This past May, she was the mezzo soloist in Liszt’s Missa Solemnis with the Eastman Symphony Orchestra and was a finalist in the Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition. This Fall, she will debut the role of Mother and Grandmother in Little Red’s Most Unusual Day (Davies) at the Rochester Fringe Festival and make her Mass Opera debut as Gloria in Dan Shore’s Freedom Ride.
Akama-Makia has won prizes in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Kristin Lewis Foundation Competition, the National Association of Negro Musicians Competition, Friends of Eastman Opera Competition, and the National Association of Teachers of Students Competition. Returning to Bravo Nights is accompished pianist Brock Tjosvold. In demand as both an instrumental and vocal collaborator, Brock has performed throughout the US with many up and coming musicians, as well as established ensembles. Brock is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Dr. Jean Barr. Most recently, he was a collaborative piano fellow at the 2018 Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA., studying with Jonathan Feldman. Other recent performance highlights include Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the National Repertory Orchestra and a performance at Carnegie Hall with clarinetist Amy Humberd.
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