A Night at the Opera
Historic Elsinore Theatre
Sunday, October 29, 2017 3 pm
Rebecca Fromherz, Soprano
Anton Belov, Baritone
John Skelton, conductor
Tickets available through TicketsWest.
Salem Concert Band will bring you fresh new arrangements of the most beautiful music from the stages of Grand Opera. The concert will begin with the “Procession of the Nobles” from the opera Mlada by Nicolay Rimsky Korsakov—a majestic introduction to an evening of musical elegance.
Dramatic medleys from Georges Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Turandot will demonstrate the full palette of musical colors of the symphonic wind orchestra.
Soprano Rebecca Fromherz and baritone Anton Belov will join Salem Concert Band to present some of the most beautiful melodies from the world of opera.
Rebecca Fromherz has earned rave reviews for recent recitals and performances. Her singing demonstrates the peak of maturity and expression. A native of Dallas, Oregon, she was recognized as the “Outstanding Vocal Student at Oberlin” before moving to Vienna, Austria for more vocal studies and performances, including appearances with the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and other appearances in Holland, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Slovakia.
The voice of baritone Anton Belov has been called “rich and mellifluous” by the New York Times, while the Philadelphia Inquirer calls it that of an emerging star. A native of Russia and a graduate of the Julliard Opera Center, he has appeared with numerous opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States and has earned critical acclaim for his portrayals of characters as diverse as Count di Luna, Don Giovanni, Escamillo, Count Almaviva, Doctor Malatesta, and Eugene Onegin.
Lighter moments will feature Rossini’s operatic duel between two cats and the mallet magic of Tim Sasaki who will execute Rimsky Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee on the xylophone. The program will conclude with Julie Giroux’s Italian Rhapsody celebrating the passion and joy of Italian culture.
A Night at the Opera is supported by a generous grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
The Salem Concert Band receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission,
a state agency funded by the State of Oregon.
Soprano Rebecca Fromherz is the 2008 recipient of the Lillian and Paul Petri Foreign Music Study Award from the Benton County Foundation, Oregon. Rebecca grew up in Dallas, Oregon where she attended elementary through high school. She started her West Coast performance career with winning the ‘Young Artists Live’ Competition in Portland in 1996, and the chance to sing at Schnitzer Concert Hall as a seventeen year old. In the same year she was also honored to attend the San Francisco Girl’s Chorus Opera Training Program with Blanche Thebom, after which she moved to Ohio to receive her B.A. in Vocal Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She was honored as ‘Outstanding Vocal Student’ at Oberlin for her work in the Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center.
Shortly after finishing at Oberlin Rebecca moved to Vienna, Austria, where she lived and was based for eight years. Her teachers there included Kammersängerinnen Christa Ludwig and Hilde Zadek, and Jean-Ronald LaFond, and Professor Konrad Leitner at the University of Vienna. Beside her private studies, Rebecca learned Dance and Acting at the Vienna Konservatorium. Rebecca’s European Professional Resume lists appearances at the famous Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and outdoor opera festivals in Holland, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Slovakia. Currently she works as Founder and Director of From the Heart School of Singing in Corvallis on 4th Street, where she teaches singing to enthusiastic singers of all ages. A regular soloist in the Willamette Valley, Portland, and beyond, Rebecca enjoys horseback riding, CrossFit, and life in general.
The voice of Baritone Anton Belov has been called “rich and mellifluous” by the New York Times, while the Philadelphia Inquirer described him as “an emerging star.” His recent appearance as the soloist in Carmina Burana was described by Florida Weekly as captivating in every way, casting a mystical spell over the audience. He earned praise from critics and audiences alike for his portrayals of Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Don Giovanni, Germont (La Traviata), Count di Luna (Il trovatore), Eugene Onegin, Escamillo in Carmen and Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro.
Mr. Belov has performed throughout the United States appearing with Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Delaware, Connecticut Grand Opera, Tacoma Opera, Opera New Jersey, Eugene Opera, as well as Boston Baroque, Opera Orchestra of New York, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (at Carnegie Hall), the California Symphony, The Oregon Symphony, The Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony. Mr. Belov is the first-place winner of eight vocal competitions including the George London Competition, Licia Albanese—Puccini Foundation International Competition, and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
As the winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Belov has appeared with over forty recitals throughout the United States including such venues as Carnegie Recital Hall and the Kennedy Center. A native of Moscow, Anton Belov holds a Doctorate of Music degree from the Boston University, a Bachelor of Music Degree from The New England Conservatory, an Artist’s Diploma and a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School. Dr. Belov is an associate professor of music at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.