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September 16, 2009 > Fremont Symphony Opens 2009-2010 Season

Fremont Symphony Opens 2009-2010 Season

Submitted By Susan Rose

The Fremont Symphony Orchestra opens its 46th season with "The World of Opera" on Saturday, September 26 at 8:00 p.m. at the Gary Soren Smith Center for the Perforrming Arts at Ohlone College. Stars of Fremont Opera will join Conductor David Sloss in your favorite arias, duets and ensembles from the world's best loved operas - Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Marriage of Figaro, Pagiliacci, Rigoletto, and more!

As Artistic Director of Fremont Opera as well as Conductor and Music Director of the Fremont Symphony, Maestro Sloss has chosen four outstanding soloists for this performance.

Soprano NaGuanda Nobles was last seen with the Symphony in the September 2008 "Gershwin and Friends" concert, and sang the role of Mimi in Fremont Opera's La Boheme. She was the winner of the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition in 2007 and the Jensen Foundation Competition in 2008. In 2003, she made her Boston Symphony debut with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, singing the soprano solo in Wynton Marsalis' All Rise under the baton of Kurt Masur.

Greek-American mezzo-soprano Layna Chianakas has been hailed as "a singer who makes one remember why to go to the opera." She has appeared with Cleveland Opera, Nashville Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera, Virginia Opera, Dayton Opera, Festival Opera, Nevada Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Sacramento Opera, Opera San Jose, and the Richard Wagner Bayreuth Festival.

Tenor Mathew Edwardsen was a finalist in last year's Irene Dalis Vocal Competition, a Western Reginal finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, and an apprentice artist with Santa Fe Opera. He has appeared with Pacific Repertory Opera, Center Stage Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and Fairbanks Opera. He recently made his Bay Area debut in the role of Pinkerton in West Bay Opera's production of Madama Butterfly.

Baritone Scott Bearden has appeared with San Francisco Opera and won rave reviews in the title role in Opera San Jose's Rigoletto. He recently appreared as Iago in the Oakland East Bay Symphony's concert performance of Verdi's Otello, and has sung all of the heavier Verdi baritone roles with opera companies throughout the United States. Mr. Bearden was the First Prize winner in the 2008 Irene Dalis Vocal Competition, and the 2007 Chester Ludgin American Verdi Baritone Compeition, where his judges included Placido Domingo.

Preceding the concert the Symphony offers Entr'acte, a sit-down champagne dinner in the Dance Studio across the plaza from the concert hall. The dinner will be catered by Gael Stewart. Diners will enjoy champagne, wine, and a delectable buffet dinner while visiting with Maestro Sloss.

The Symphony's 2009-2010 season continues with Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet in collaboration with Yoko's Dance and Performing Arts Academy on December 5 and 6; a piano recital with Fremont native Adam Neiman on February 27, 2010; and a Pops Concert with Guest Conductor Greg Sudmeier on May 15, 2010. Mr. Sudmeier is the founder and director of the Skywalker Symphony at Lucasfilm. He will be joined by emcee Don Sanchez from ABC News.

"The World of Opera" Concert
Saturday, September 26
8 p.m.
Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 794-1659

Tickets: $20-$48

Entr'acte Champagne Dinner
6:00 p.m.
Lam Plaza at Ohlone College
(510) 794-1659
Tickets: $75 (Seating at the Maestro's Table $125)

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