30 Days of Opera 2021

30 Days of Opera 2022

 

30 Days of Opera 2022 starts on April 1! 

For the last decade, Opera Memphis has delivered a solid month of free, outdoor music events throughout the city with our "30 Days of Opera" program. We've sung for hundreds of thousands of Memphians in hundreds of locations.  When the pandemic began in 2020 and we had to cancel the Midtown Opera Festival, we produced a special, all-digital version of "30 Days" in April.  At the time we hoped to be able to do a live version in September, but that proved impossible.  

In April of 2021, Opera Memphis was able to bring back 30 Days of Opera with a powerhouse roster of Memphis singers joined by our own Handorf Company Artists. During the month of April, OM singers performed in every zip code in the city of Memphis! Performing in every zip code in a single month was a fantastic undertaking, and our singers proved up to the task.

Check out of 2022 roster of 30 Days artists below and visit our Event Calendar to see where you can catch free, live opera performances this April!

We're celebrating 300 days of FREE LIVE OPERA with this parody of Ariana Grande's "THANK U, NEXT"!

 

Soprano Keely Futterer

Handorf Company Artist 2022

Arkansan-born soprano Keely Futterer has been praised by Opera News as a “high-quality lyric soprano with a keen verbal nuance,” and has been seen in performances across the globe in China, Italy, and the United States. Career highlights of Ms. Futterer include the leading ladies of Elle in La Voix Humaine, the title role of Suor Angelica, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, and Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. She received critical acclaim for her role debut of Marie in La fille du régiment at Opera Saratoga, where she was reviewed as having “one of the most gorgeous voices you can imagine with charm to match. Hers [was] a performance you will remember and speak about for years.” She has also performed an array of new opera, in addition to the classics, such as Isabella Beecher in Victoria Bond's Mrs. President, the Witch Mother in the American premiere of Philip Glass’s The Witches of Venice, and in 2017, she was part of the New Works Forum in NYC with American Lyric Theatre, premiering the role of Sara Turing in The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing.

 

 

Tenor Sergio F. Mandujano

Handorf Company Artist 2022

Sergio F. Mandujano is a Mexican American tenor who will be playing the role of Joe in Robert Paterson’s The Companion, as well as Ferrando in Così Fan Tutti. He attended Seagle Festival 2021 where he performed Rodolfo in La Boheme and Broadway excerpts from Hamilton, Follies, Company, and more. Previous credits include Nemorino in L’Elisir D’Amore, Tamino in The Magic Flute, The Witch in Hansel und Gretel, Harry in Company, Burrs in The Wild Party, and Adolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone. He received an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nomination for his portrayal of Burrs in The Wild Party and Distinguished Performance by an Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Adolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He is originally from Norwalk, Connecticut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baritone Jake Stamatis

Former Handorf Company Artist

Born and raised in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, Jake Stamatis has performed a variety of roles on the operatic stage. His quick, kind, and lovable demeanor has charmed audiences in such roles as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Marcello and Schaunard in La bohème, and Ko-Ko in The Mikado. His varied repertoire also includes Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles, Escamillo in La Tragédie de Carmen (Constant/Bizet), Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, and Anthony in Sweeney Todd.

Jake has been a studio artist at Sarasota Opera, a fellow at the Music Academy of the West, an emerging artist at Seagle Music Colony, an artist in residence with Tri-Cities Opera and Opera Memphis, and even served as a performer and staff choreographer with Bel Cantanti Opera’s Summer Festival. Jake received his Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from Susquehanna University and his Master's Degree in Opera from Binghamton University.

 

 

 

Collaborative Pianist Arthur Bosarge

Handorf Company Artist 2022

A native of Fairhope, Alabama, Arthur Bosarge is a pianist and coach whose experience spans a variety of styles, including opera, recital, ballet, and musical theater. Career highlights include productions with Opera Birmingham (Cendrillon), Mountain Rep Theatre (The Andrews Brothers, The Great American Trailer Park Musical), Florida Grand Opera (La bohème, Le Nozze di Figaro, Frida, Werther), Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre (Amazing Grace, A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein), and Opera North (La fille du régiment, Evita, Street Scene, My Fair Lady, La traviata). From 2016-2018 he served as a member of Kentucky Opera’s Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artist Program (Ariadne auf Naxos, Dead Man Walking, The Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, The Mikado), and is a previous member of Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist Program. Mr. Bosarge holds degrees from Mannes School of Music and the University of Alabama.