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William Carey University to host "Carmen" singer

Richard Troxell & Kirsten Chavez.....Source: MS Opera website Richard Troxell & Kirsten Chavez.....Source: MS Opera website
HATTIESBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Richard Troxell, one of the world’s greatest lyric tenors and Kirsten Chavez, a mezzo-soprano known around the globe for her portrayal of Carmen, will perform in a special performance presented by the Hattiesburg Concert Association (HCA), William Carey University (WCU) and The University of Southern Mississippi on Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas Fine Arts Center at WCU.

From Bizet to Broadway features arias, ballads and other Broadway favorites. Also, in addition to the concert there will be a live auction of original paintings by well-known Jackson artist Bill Wilson. Wilson has created several original paintings for the Mississippi Opera’s 70th anniversary performance of Carmen.  

Selections from Bizet’s Carmen performed in concert include the famous “Habenera,” “Seguidilla,” the “Flower Song,” and the beautiful final duet of the opera. In addition, they will perform the famous aria “Mon coeur s’ourvre a ta voix” from the Camille Saint-Saëns opera, Samson and Delilah. Their Broadway selections include “We Kiss in a Shadow” and other duets from “The King and I.”

While it may be rare for Troxell and Chavez to perform in concert together, they have performed in the opera Carmen on numerous occasions with Chavez as the lusty Carmen and Troxell as her ill-fated lover, Don José. They have appeared at such prominent venues as the National Theater in Taiwan, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the world-famous Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Kirstin Chávez is considered one of the most riveting and significant performing mezzo-sopranos today. The combination of her magnificent voice, dramatic intensity and natural physical beauty make her an arresting and unique presence on the operatic stage. Ms. Chávez has captured attention and acclaim in her signature roles and is recognized as one of the definitive Carmens of today; a role that she has performed with great success throughout the United States, and around the world. Opera News reported that her Carmen in Graz, Austria was “the Carmen of a lifetime.”

Professionally, Troxell has sung leading roles in opera companies nationally and internationally and starred in the Martin Scorsese film Madame Butterfly as B.F. Pinkerton. He has also appeared on late night TV with Jimmy Fallon.

Highlights from the past two years include his début in Italy as Don José at the Teatro Petruzzelli under the baton of the late Maestro Lorin Maazel. He later reprised the role at the Maestro’s Castleton Festival. He also performed the title role in Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei with the Portland Opera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera Australia, and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette with the Palm Beach Opera and the San Antonio Opera.

Troxell has also been a featured performer in La Bohème with the Opera Colorado. Other performances include the role of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Opera Hamilton, and his first Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon with the Calgary Opera.

Tickets to From Bizet to Broadway concert are $20. Students with I.D. are free. HCA members at the $250 level and above are also free. Tickets are available at southernmisstickets.com, 601.266.5418 or at the door. Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged. 

For more information, contact Dr. Mike Lopinto at mike.lopinto@usm.edu.

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