Today, Young Artists of America (YAA) announced its 2012-2013 season. After an impressive season that included sold out performances of their VILLAINS! concert, a world-class premiere of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and their Summer Institute – their new season will again be quite impressive.
In December 2012, YAA brings MARTYRS, a concert of selections from opera and musical theatre featuring characters that gave their lives for a cause. Again, guest soloists will mentor their student singers and orchestra.
YAA makes its debut in the Main Concert Hall at The Music Center at Strathmore on Sunday, March 10, 2013, with a collaboration with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras and will be a new and unique production that will bring together two ravishing scores: the opera Madama Butterfly and the musical Miss Saigon.
These two scores written 85 years apart share the same storyline, and YAA will explore this heartwrenching tale from these two unique musical perspectives. YAA student vocalists will share the stage at Strathmore with professional opera singers and the MCYO Philharmonic Orchestra of almost 100 instrumentalists. The production will be directed by Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Assosicate Director, Alan Paul.
YAA concludes its 2012-2013 season with a genre of vocal-orchestral music that they have not yet explored: Oratorio.
In May 2013, YAA presents REQUIEM, an original Requiem pastiche with music compiled from movements by Faure, Verdi, Mozart, Durufle, Bizet, Schubert, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. This concert will be presented in two different church venues, the second of which is a major DC landmark which YAA will announce shortly.
If you know any students who would like to audition for YAA, please send them to their website for more information about their upcoming auditions in September and October.
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Read Amantha Gunther’s review of YAA’s The Phantom of the Opera on DC Theater Arts.
Read Joel Markowitz’s interview From Auditions to the Lair: Etan Mazia on Playing The Phantom of the Opera on DC Theater Arts.