Metropolitan Opera cast wraps season for MMF


MANCHESTER >> The MMF Summer Series Concerts will finish with an all Metropolitan Opera Cast on Thursday, August 18.

Four outstanding singers, all current or alumni of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, will be performing arias, duets and ensemble pieces from popular operas, including La Boheme, and Cosi fan Tutte.

Accompanied by MMF favorite, Caren Levine, the four will be led by Metropolitan Opera star, soprano Rachelle Durkin, joined by Rene Tatum, mezzo; Kang Wang, tenor; and Brandon Cedel, bass-baritone.

Rachelle Durkin is an Australian-born lyric coloratura soprano based in New York, where she appears regularly at the Met. Her appearance in 2011 at the Met as Norina in Don Pasquale in place of an ailing Anna Netrebko won her a Sirius Broadcast, and a thunderous ovation. Last year she appeared with Fort Worth Opera as Violetta in La Traviata, sang in concert in Perth, Western Australia, with Bryn Terfel, and appeared with the Lyric Opera Kansas City as Donna Anna.

Renee Tatum graduated from the program in 2014. She made her Met debut as Inez in Il Travatore, and appeared at the Met in the role of Flosshilde in Der Ring des Nibelungen. This season, she will making her debut with the Taipei National Opera singing Flosshilde in Das Reingold.

Australian-Chinese tenor Kang Wang, has been a member of the program since September 2015. In December, he will be making his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the role of "Narraboth" in the Met's production of "Salome."

Bass-baritone Brandon Cedal graduated from the program in 2015. Since then he has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera as Colline in La Boheme, and as Theseus in Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Grand Theatre de Geneve. He was the 2013 Grand Finals winner of the Met's National Council Auditions.

Caren Levine, described by The San Francisco Chronicle "as a petite powerhouse with technique to burn and unimpeachable musicianship," is an alumna of the program. Levine has been on the Met's roster as Assistant Conductor/Prompter since 2003.

These talented artists perform at the Arkell Pavilion, Southern Vermont Arts Center on Thursday, August 18, starting at 7:30 PM. Tickets priced at $52, $18 for students, are available at or 802-362-1956.


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