News from Behind the Curtain: OD welcomes new board members & Chief Advancement Officer

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Please join OperaDelaware in welcoming five new board members: Dr. Jay Anderson, Paul Crawford, Dr. Carol Denson, Dr. Marguerite Thew, and Wayne Wilson began their first board term on September 1. We would also like to gratefully acknowledge Roberts W. Brokaw III, Cynthia du Pont Tobias, and Nina Worthington, whose board terms expired this past year. Thank you for your tireless dedication and support for the past eight wonderful years!

Also, please welcome Karen Uricoli, OperaDelaware’s new Chief Advancement Officer. Karen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position, and we’re thrilled to have her on the team.

Congratulations to Aurelien Eulert, who has been promoted to Head of Music Staff. In addition to his roles of Principal Pianist and Chorus Master, Aurelien will assist with artist administration and scheduling. We also congratulate Jordan Barrett, who was recently promoted to Operations Manager. Jordan will now oversee facilities management and Studio rentals in addition to database administration. Finally, congratulations to Mary Wilcosky as she begins her new role as Events Manager and Board Liaison.

Save the dates! National radio broadcasts of Il trittico, Buoso's Ghost & Amleto coming this fall

SAVE THE DATES: Tune in to the WFMT Radio Network this fall for national broadcasts of our critically acclaimed Festival productions of Puccini's Il trittico and Michael Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost (2018), plus Franco Faccio's Amleto (2016). Full schedule below:

Oct. 26: Il Tabarro & Suor Angelica
Nov. 2: Gianni Schicchi & Buoso's Ghost
Nov. 9: Amleto

Listen locally beginning at 1 pm on WRTI FM 90.1 FM or stream at WRTI.org. Watch for our Facebook listening parties (coming soon) for each broadcast to listen and comment along with the casts and members of the OD staff.

Artist Spotlight | Audrey Babcock

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Meet the multi-talented mezzo behind this season's electrifying BEYOND CARMEN

How you know her: An OD fan favorite, Babcock appeared in 2015's La tragédie de Carmen. 

Critical acclaim: Thrilling audiences around the globe as Bizet's infamous seductress, critics have called her performances "a spellbinding tour de force" (Salt Lake Tribune) and "sexy and sensuous" (Opera World).

Why Beyond Carmen is a must-see: Babcock conceived and wrote this electrifying homage to Carmen that weaves legends of the Old World into a 21st-century musical tapestry, spanning generations and genres, from classical to tango—medieval to modern.

(Nov. 15-17 in The Black Box Theater at the OD Studios. Tickets go on sale August 1.)*

La Cenerentola broadcast on July 13

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JULY 13 | 1 PM Save the date! Tune in to WRTI 90.1 FM for our critically acclaimed production of Rossini's La Cenerentola (2017).

Starring Megan Marino as Angelina, Jack Swanson as Ramiro, Sean Anderson as Dandini, and Steven Condy as Don Magnifico, critics called it "pure magic” and “vibrant, charming and downright funny” (read more here). Relive the magic with us with this special broadcast on July 13!

Tune in locally on WRTI 90.1 FM or stream at wrti.org.

Meet Sister Helen Prejean

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OperaDelaware is thrilled to announce that author/activist Sister Helen Prejean will be at our opening performance of Dead Man Walking at The Grand on April 27 at 7:30 pm. Our Festival production of Dead Man Walking is based on the true account of Sister Helen’s emotional journey as the unlikely spiritual advisor to a Louisiana death row inmate. Interested in a closer look at Dead Man Walking before our performances? We are proud to partner with First & Central Presbyterian Church and Market Street Music for a special book discussion and Q&A with Sister Helen at First & Central on April 27. Full details below.

Q&A and Book Discussion with Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen will share her story about counseling death-row inmate Elmo Patrick Sonnier and others, and how her advocacy work continues today. This is a rare chance to meet Sister Helen in person. The Rev. Dr. Douglas D. Gerdts will lead the discussion. Admission is free. Space is limited so reservations are required.

WHEN: April 27, 3:30 pm
WHERE: First & Central Presbyterian Church (1101 N. Market St.)

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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