VPP Students Shine in Project Opera’s “The Nightingale”

February 14, 2017


Six SSM student performers lead show in Minneapolis.

Six Shattuck-St. Mary’s Vocal Performance Program members participated in the Project Opera presentation of “The Nightingale” on February 10 and 11 at The Lab Theater in Minneapolis. 

Participating students advanced through an intense week of rehearsals, traveling up to Minneapolis for four hours each evening leading up to the weekend performances. 

The show was produced by Minnesota Opera’s “Project Opera,” a youth training program for talented young singers. Each year, Project Opera performs a show by students for students. Led by Music Director Matthew Abernathy, participating students also performed in the Ordway lobby prior to their Sunday matinee shows, and at other locations around the Twin Cities.

Congratulations to Mac Braun ’17, Kari Chen ’20, Bella Fontana ’18, Grace Guillory ’20, Lisa Lilyerd ’19, and Molly Yang ’20 for a series of great performances!

For additional information, visit Project Opera online.

About the Show: ”The Nightingale,” based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, is the story of a Chinese emperor who prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. When the mechanical bird breaks, the real nightingale sings to the emperor on his deathbed, saving his life while teaching him the values of truth and humility. A parable of our time, this opera celebrates the natural over the artificial and the power of song over death.

  • News Image
    ©Sigrid Redpath 2017
  • News Image
    ©Sigrid Redpath 2017
  • News Image
    ©Sigrid Redpath 2017
  • News Image
    ©Sigrid Redpath 2017
  • News Image
    ©Sigrid Redpath 2017
  • News Image
    ©Sigrid Redpath 2017
  • News Image
    ©Sigrid Redpath 2017
  • News Image
    ©Sigrid Redpath 2017
  • News Image
    ©Sigrid Redpath 2017