Placentia, CA- The Placentia Library is proud to present “Opera @ Placentia Library,” a celebration of music and reading for our 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. This year’s reading theme is “Read to the Rhythm” a harmonious blend of reading and music. The accomplished artists for this performance were trained from either CSUF or USC’s opera program. They will entertain us with popular arias and musical theatre classics. Come prepared to be entertained and uplifted by these talented young singers. Light refreshments will be provided. No registration required.
About the Artists:
James Lesu’i is a baritone voice student double majoring in Vocal Performance and Music Education at California State University, Fullerton. He is affiliated with the professional music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon where he serves as President for the Beta Alpha collegiate chapter on campus. James currently studies voice with the highly acclaimed teacher of singing Dr. Mark Goodrich. He recently participated in the intense summer program called OC Ars Vocalis Academy in Rome, Italy where he worked with world-renowned opera singers Dubravka Zubovic and Milena Kitic. In addition, he premiered the role of Jack Highstraw for composer Richard Pearson Thomas’s newest opera titled A Wake or a Wedding. Prior to this, James studied under the direction of Cheryl Anderson, director of Choral Activities at Cabrillo College and former Western ACDA President Past. While at Cabrillo College, he served as section leader for Chorale Choir and volunteered as a Teaching Assistant for the Cabrillo Youth Chorus Program. James hopes to continue performing and professionally teach voice/choir at the K-12 and/or collegiate levels.
Juliet Kidwell is a Vocal Performance major at Cal State Fullerton's School of Music. She a two-time finalist in the National Teachers of Singing LA Regional Competition, has competed at Nationals in the Classical Singer Magazine’s National Competition and was the winner of the 2014 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia American Music Soloist Competition. This past February, Juliet played the title role in Cal State Fullerton’s College of the Arts Production of The Merry Widow and will be singing the soprano solo with the School of Music's upcoming performance of Faure's Requiem. She is the recipient of the Lucy Dunn Vocal Scholarship, the Thelma Rae Music Scholarship, and the Vidal Vocal Scholarship. Having a strong passion for the proliferation of the arts, she also served on the inaugural LA Opera’s College Advisory Committee and was the Executive Director of ArtsWeek2014 at CSU Fullerton.
Amanda Anderson is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music Vocal Arts degree through the USC Thornton School of Music on a full tuition scholarship through the Horatio Cogswell Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Adrienne Westerbeck Endowed Music Scholarship. Before attending USC Amanda graduated as valedictorian from the Orange County School of the Arts and was honored to sing at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as a Grand Prize Finalist in the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. Amanda can be heard in the Fantastic Sams national radio spot campaign “Fantastic for All” as “The Opera Singer” and this last year was featured in a seven minute PBS SoCal LAaRT segment illustrating the importance that music and the arts have played in her life as an individual with Aspergers Syndrome Disorder. During the past five years she has placed first in the following competitions: NATS-LA, Musical Arts Club of Orange County, Professional Opera Singers Association (POSA) and the Rotary International Classical Voice Competition.