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Subject: OPERATUNITY on PBS (NY tonight)
From: E J Michel <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 13 Jun 2005 13:19:11 -0400

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Great Performances
WNET Jun 13 09:00pm  90 Mins.  "Operatunity", Episode #3010.

The English National Opera casts a nationwide call to find two singers to
perform in Verdi's ``Rigoletto.''
Original Airdate: June 13, 2005.

PBS website.

The English National Opera took on an unprecedented challenge: it would
conduct a nationwide search to find someone with no operatic experience,
who could be coached to sing in Verdi's "Rigoletto" on the stage of the
London Coliseum side by side with world-class performers. The result is
OPERATUNITY, the compelling human story of raw talents whose operatic
dreams finally meet reality. First, a casting call across all of England
introduces viewers to a colorful array of characters with secret passions
for Puccini, Wagner, and Mozart. Regional auditions lead to a London
workshop where the final six participants -- including an investment
banker, a supermarket cashier, and a blind mother of three -- are selected
and receive coaching in vocal and dramatic technique, as well as physical
training and the fundamentals of stagecraft. Finally, OPERATUNITY follows
two star discoveries from the nerve-wracking final days before the
performance to curtain-up and the exhilaration of their operatic debut,
combining real-life drama with the high theatrical drama and emotional
intensity of grand opera.

Get additional details about the unprecedented ENO contest and what was
involved in the selection process from panel member Mary King -- a
performer in her own right and the artistic director of The Knack, the
ENO's training course for opera singers -- in the essay by writer Marc
Geelhoed. Explore a primer on the different voices in opera and a synopsis
of the ENO's production of "Rigoletto," with extended video excerpts from
the performance, in Opera Basics, the Multimedia Presentation. Read more
about the co-winners, Jane Gilchrist and Denise Leigh, in biographies.

Additional funding for this program was provided by the LuEsther T. Mertz
Charitable Trust.

Elizabeth J. Michel
Technology Operations, IS
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
212-735-4559         [log in to unmask]

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