Georgia State School of Music Hosts 2005 Harrower Summer Opera Workshop Featuring Artist-in-Residence Marni Nixon
Georgia State University School of Music hosts the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop from June 6-26, 2005. Founded by Peter and Irene Harrower and celebrating its 22nd anniversary, the workshop is a three-week program including daily acting and movement classes, private coaching, instruction in stage makeup and stage combat, seminars and masterclasses with international artists, and public presentations of staged and costumed operatic scenes. Esteemed American soprano Marni Nixon — best known in the popular world as the singing voice behind the stars of West Side Story, The King and I and My Fair Lady — will return for a second summer as special artist-in-residence.

Highlighs include Gala Opera Dinner (June 19) and Opera Scenes performances (June 24 & 26)

ATLANTA -- Georgia State University School of Music hosts the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop from June 6-26, 2005. Founded by Peter and Irene Harrower and celebrating its 22nd anniversary, the workshop is a three-week program including daily acting and movement classes, private coaching, instruction in stage makeup and stage combat, seminars and masterclasses with international artists, and public presentations of staged and costumed operatic scenes. Esteemed American soprano Marni Nixon — best known in the popular world as the singing voice behind the stars of West Side Story, The King and I and My Fair Lady — will return for a second summer as special artist-in-residence.

Miss Nixon’s amazingly versatile career spans opera, broadway, recordings, motion pictures, oratorio, cabaret, television and the classical and popular recital stage. She is the recipient of two Gold Records for her recordings of Songs from Mary Poppins and Mulan (Grandma Fa), classical Grammy nominations for the first recording of Arnold Schoenberg’s Cabaret Songs and Early Songs of 1902, and the first recording of Aaron Copland’s Emily Dickinson Songs, and also for Marni Nixon Sings Gershwin and Marni Nixon Sings Classic Kern. As a recording artist, she has recorded numerous avant-garde works, as well as pieces by Ives, Debussy, Fauré, Villa-Lobos, the complete chamber works of Anton Webern, and chamber/vocal works by Igor Stravinsky (Stravinsky called her his favorite singer.)

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
The 2005 Summer Workshop faculty includes W. Dwight Coleman, artistic director/stage director (Georgia State University School of Music, La Musica Lirica, Italy); Michael Scarola, acting teacher/stage director (New York City Opera, Sarasota Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera); David Grabarkewitz, acting teacher/stage director (New York City Opera, New Jersey Opera, Central City Opera, Eugene Opera); Richard Cordova, musical director/coach (Oper de Stadt Bonn, Sarasota Opera, Opera Company of Boston, Florida Grand Opera, Baltimore Opera); Peter Marshall, musical director/coach (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Georgia State University); Christy Lee, musical director/coach (Pensacola Opera, Lakeland Symphony, Knoxville Opera, University of Tennessee); Elizabeth Dishman, movement instructor (Coriolis Dance Project); David Coyle, stage combat instructor (Atlanta Opera); and Don and Linda Guillot, make-up instruction (New Orleans Opera). Masterclass clinicians include singer Marni Nixon, who will provide acting and singing coaching and Irene Callaway Harrower, co-founder of the workshop and a nationally recognized voice teacher and diction coach.

Twenty-three participants were selected through a series of competitive live and taped auditions for the workshop and masterclasses. Singers were required to submit three operatic arias, one of which had to be sung in English.

GALA OPERA DINNER AT CITY GRILL – JUNE 19, 2005
In conjunction with the Harrower Opera Workshop, and building on the success of the past two years’ events, the School of Music will present a Gala Opera Dinner at City Grill on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, 2005, from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. A fundraiser for Opera Studies at Georgia State, the event will feature a gourmet three-course dinner including one glass of wine, accompanied by operatic performances by singers from the Summer Opera Workshop under the artistic direction of W. Dwight Coleman. Artist-in-residence Marni Nixon will also be in attendance. The cost for the dinner is $75 per person ($43 of which is tax-deductible). City Grill Restaurant is located at 50 Hurt Plaza in Downtown Atlanta. Reservations are requested by June 10, 2005, and can be made by calling the School of Music at 404-651-1326.

PERFORMANCES OF OPERA SCENES – JUNE 24 & 26, 2005
**Note New Location**

The workshop will culminate in performances of opera scenes on Friday, June 24, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. Selections will include scenes from Bizet’s Carmen, Curtis Bryant’s The Anarchists, Delibes’ Lakmé, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Massenet’s Cendrillon, Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief and The Saint of Bleecker Street, Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, Ponchielli's La Gioconda, Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Verdi’s Falstaff. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 general admission and $5 students with ID. All performances will be held at the Balzer Theater at Herrin’s, located at 84 Luckie Street, next door to the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Atlanta. Parking is available for a fee at various public lots and garages on Luckie Street and the surrounding area.

For additional information, contact the Georgia State School of Music at 404-651-1326 or 404-651-INFO or visit www.music.gsu.edu.