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Harlem Opera Theater Benefit Concert
June 2, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
The Harlem Opera Theater soloists return to the 1867 Sanctuary in a concert of arias, duets, art songs and spirituals. Everett Suttle, tenor, will perform selections from The Life of Christ, arranged by Roland Hayes (1887 – 1977). Chivonne Perkins, soprano, will sing spirituals and songs arranged and composed by African-American women.
Chivonne Perkins, soprano, holds a Masters in Music with concentration in Opera Performance and a Bachelor of Music with concentration in Vocal Performance-Classical from New Jersey City University. She made her international debut in concert under the direction of Gregory Hopkins with the Harlem Lyric Theater & Opera Company at the 2017 Festival Cultural Zacatecas. She has participated in The Martina Arroyo Foundation “Role Preparation Class” and Robert Simms “Presentation and Masterclass on African American Spirituals.” Ms. Perkins is a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions and 2nd place winner of Opera Ebony’s2017 Benjamin Matthews vocal competition.
Everett Suttle, tenor, has performed in opera and in concert in the Americas and Europe. Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., he is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He continued his studies on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Brahms Haus in Baden Baden, West Germany and also at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Mr. Suttle has appeared in opera, oratorio, concert and recital in repertoire that ranges from the Baroque masterpieces of Bach and Handel to the complex 20th century works of Britten and Tippet.
The mission of Harlem Opera Theater is to provide performance opportunities for gifted professional and developing singers. Founded in 2001 under the direction of Dr. Gregory Hopkins, the organization develops an audience for the classical art form in communities where opera is seldom heard.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ewing presents this concert in conjunction with the Jubilee Ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. All proceeds benefit Jubilee Ministries around the diocese, which seek to empower communities and fight hunger, poverty and inequity.
Tickets are $30 in advance and, if available, at the door.