High school and college students who love opera take notice: Operafest 2008, a two-week intensive professional training program, will be held on the Island this year. Usually held in Tolentino, Italy, the program presents Claudette Peterson and David Kline to teach, along with the Island's own Dan Murphy, who will serve as choral conductor and accompanist.
On Monday, March 31, Ms. Peterson and Mr. Kline will present a master class at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School for interested students. The class begins at 12:40 pm and will last approximately two hours. The event is sponsored by ARTS Inc. in association with The Vineyard Playhouse. For more information, call Kate Hancock at 508-693-6450 ext. 19, or 508-693-1667.
To celebrate the success of the Capawock Theatre's winter opera series from the La Scala Opera and Radiotelevisione Italiana, the Theatre is offering a bargain price opera this Sunday: Donizetti's comic opera "L'Elisir D'Amore" (The Love Potion). The performance stars tenor Rolando Villazón as Nemorino and Anna Netrebeko as his beloved Adina, and was conducted by Alfred Eschwé. Thrown into the performance with only a few weeks notice, the two stars have received rave reviews, perhaps for their on-stage kiss which lasted one minute.
"L'Elisir D'Amore," Sunday, March 30, 2 pm, Capawock Theatre, Vineyard Haven. $6.
High school art
Regional high school students show their work at Featherstone Center for the Arts beginning this Sunday, March 30, with an opening reception from 4 to 6 pm. Find work from students in Janice Frame's 2-D painting class, entitled "Paper," and ceramics by Scott Campbell's students in a showcase of student expression and experimentation of new materials and ideas. The show runs through Sunday, April 6. For more information, call 508-693-1850.
This Saturday, the students of string teacher Becky Barca-Tinus will be in concert at the Old Whaling Church. Ranging in age from four to 60, the students will perform pieces by composers such as Corelli, Vivaldi, and Dvorak. The concert is free, and begins at 4 pm. For more information, call 508-696-1920.