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El Paso Opera Names Arianne Pasqualone Marcee as New Executive Director.

Thursday morning, officials with the El Paso Opera announced Arianne Pasqualone Marcee as their new Executive Director.

Originally from northeastern Ohio, Arianne moved here as a child. She chose to return to El Paso after her undergraduate work at Texas A&M University and contribute to the city’s brain gain as she recognized everything El Paso has to offer.

“I love El Paso and am excited to be working in an area that directly contributes to the city’s overall worth. Promoting the arts is vital to a city’s culture, tourism and ability to recruit. El Paso has so much to offer and El Paso Opera is an essential part of the arts in our community.”

Ms. Marcee holds an MBA with a focus in Leadership and Social Media Marketing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, a BBA in Management from Texas A&M University and an Alternative Certification in Special Education from UTEP.

Her background includes education, sales and non-profit administration where her expertise was in marketing and public relations. Arianne is joined by new President of the Board of Trustees, Stacey Hunt Spier.

El Paso Opera recently completed their 23rd season with a well-received rendition of Rossini’s Cinderella.

The opera productions, along with the Young Artist Program, fulfill El Paso Opera’s mission of bringing professional opera productions that are understandable, accessible, and enjoyable to all the residents of El Paso, Texas and the surrounding communities; and to sponsor educational programs that will introduce both youth and adult populations to the world of great vocal music.

As small opera companies close around the country, El Paso Opera has continued to provide quality opera productions continuously since 1993. This could not have been done without tremendous community support from El Paso, our close neighbors of Las Cruces, NM and Juarez, Mexico as well as our large military population.

For more information, please visit the El Paso Opera website or call 915-581-5534.

El Paso Opera Presents: ‘Tis the Season for Opera Holiday Concert

On Saturday, December 3, 2016, the El Paso Opera will present holiday themed arias and well-known holiday songs at the Plaza Theater at 8pm.

This concert will feature out of town artists Susanne Sheston (music director and pianist), Joshua Dennis (tenor), and Benjamin Sieverding (bass). Local artists featured in this concert include Cherry Duke (mezzo-soprano), Kellie Rumba Rattay (soprano), Mariana Sandoval (mezzo-soprano), Jamille Brewster (soprano), Adrian Salas (baritone), and thirty-one singers from the El Paso Youth Opera.

 “El Pasoans will have lots of holiday celebrations to experience in downtown El Paso on December 3rd, and we invite everyone to finish up the evening with our classical holiday concert at the Plaza Theatre. Our holiday concert is a family friendly opera concert and is a great way to hear both Classical music and Holiday music that everyone will recognize,” said El Paso Opera Executive Director, Chelsea Lamego.

Prior to the concert, El Pasoans are invited to enjoy free carols at 7:30 by the El Paso Opera Young Artist’s in San Jacinto Plaza following the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Downtown Holiday Parade.

The Winterfest Ice Skating rink will also be kicked off on Saturday, December 3rd in Arts Festival Plaza.

Sheston has collaborated with many of the world’s leading operatic and symphonic conductors. Sheston has served as Chorus Master at The Santa Fe Opera since 2008, where her choruses have received numerous accolades from national and international publications.

Sieverding has performed in productions with Opera Philadelphia, Opera Colorado, and The Santa Fe Opera, and is a three-time regional finalist of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions. Dennis has performed for Seattle Opera, Kentucky Opera, Houston Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Opera Columbus, Opera Idaho, Dallas Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre.

Duke currently serves on the voice faculty and as Director of Opera at the University of Texas at El Paso. This season she makes her company and role debut with El Paso Opera in Rossini’s La Cenerentola as Tisbe in March 2017.

Rattay, the wife of El Paso Symphony Conductor Bohuslav Rattay, was in El Paso’s Opera’s production Carmen as Frasquita last March. She has received her training from Cleveland Institute of Music and has attended training programs in Italy, San Francisco, and Madrid.

Brewster, Sandoval, and Salas are current participants in the El Paso Opera Young Artist Program which provides specialized training and performance opportunities to a few select participants each year.

Tickets range from $15 to $70 and can be purchased by calling El Paso Opera at 915-490-4764, visiting www.epopera.org, or through all Ticketmaster outlets. Student, Senior, and Military discounts available. Ages 7+.

El Paso Opera Hires David Holloway as New Artistic Director

The El Paso Opera announced this week that David Holloway has joined the company as artistic director through Season 25.  Holloway was the artistic director for EPO’s last production ‘Tis the Season. He will finish out Season 22 with one of Opera’s most well-known masterpieces,Carmen by Georges Bizet, this March.

Since 2005, he has been Director of the Santa Fe Opera’s apprentice program.

“Working for the El Paso Opera is a different role for me, and I find it exciting,” Holloway said. “I would like to help El Paso Opera to be a beacon to other companies […] I have had the privilege of working with the finest young artists in the country for the Santa Fe Opera and I hope to bring those singers, that experience, and scope of work to El Paso!”

EPO’s new Executive Director, Chelsea Lamego, feels positive about the transition. “It’s great that we can count on someone of his caliber to run the artistic end of the company for another three seasons,” she said. “With David’s expertise comes new contacts, new operas, and a new artistic take on the whole organization!”

Lamego believes that Holloway is just what we need to keep Opera in El Paso alive—and if experience alone is any indication of this, El Pasoans need not worry. President of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Robert Gonzalez, believes this is a positive move forward for the company.

“Holloway brings years of experience singing on stage with the greatest performers and directing the most talented in the nation. His enthusiasm for joining El Paso’s art scene should make us proud. He is planning master classes with UTEP students, and the art’s community has fully embraced him.”

Prior to his work in Santa Fe, Holloway was Head of Voice at Chicago College of Performing Arts for eleven years, sang seven seasons with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and was the leading baritone at the Deautsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf for ten years. Carmen is a special performance for him, he sang the Toreador in two seasons at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival.

Carmen will take place on March 17th and 19th 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Abraham Chavez Center.  Tickets are available for purchase online via Ticketmaster or by phone at 915-581-5534.