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Guild News

Congratulations: ...To our member and past president, Valentino DeVito, on his honor this past July as Man of Year bestowed by the Youngstown Italian Festival. If you know Val at all, you will know why his hard work and dedication were honored.

Congratulations: ...To former YSU vocal student Amanda Beagle on her win as Miss Ohio and for her very diligent try at Miss America.  Amanda brought great pride to her family, community, and the State of Ohio.  Of course, Amanda’s talent portion was a show of her beautiful voice.

Cavalleria Rusticana: Following the success of last year’s Il Trovatore, The Valley Lyrical presented Mascagni’s masterpiece, Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry)... (More Information...)

Opera can be fun! A cultural resource for the classroom is being assembled and will be available for use by teachers in the area schools.  This “Cultural Suitcase” will contain CDs with opera highlights... (More Information...)

I Pagliacci: According to National Public Radio, opera is on the rise in our nation with new regional companies being created on a regular basis.  The newly-formed Opera Western Reserve is one of the most recent to be included in those ranks... (More Information...)

Saying Goodbye: The Youngstown Opera Guild regrets having to inform its membership of the "retirement" of Valentino DeVito as Director of Excursions.  Val has done a wonderful job of arranging for the Guild to travel to Pittsburgh and Cleveland to see many operas over the years.  For this; we are eternally grateful.  Val has asked that we find someone else to carry on the duties of this time-consuming project. 

David Venerose has agreed to begin to take on this responsibility with the next opera which should be sometime around February, 2005.  We will have more information on location and ticket prices in the future.

Again, we wish to thank Val for all of his hard work.

Upcoming Bus Trips: Our upcoming bus trip will be to see Cosi fan tutte, performed by Lyric Opera Cleveland on August 1st... (More Information...)

Upcoming Bus Trips: We will be travelling to see Bizet's Carmen on April 4 at Pittsburgh Opera, and Offenbach's "Tales of Hoffman" on April 24 at Cleveland Opera.

Mailing List Update: The Opera Guild needs your help. You know the benefits of belonging to the Guild, and we need you to tell your friends what a great organization it is... (More Information...)

Just an update on some of our former students:
Troy Ayers
, tenor (YSU 2000), will be singing the role of “Don Ottavio” with the Amarillo Opera Company. We also saw Troy as the Marquis in La Traviata.
Megan Elizabeth Morris
, a current student at YSU sang the role of “Azucena” in “Il Trovatore” with the Valley Lyric Opera Company and also had the role of Flora in La Traviata.
Amanda Beagle
(YSU 2003) won the talent portion of the Miss Ohio competition this year.
Christopher Hutton, baritone (YSU 1997) is in Boston to do two roles with the Boston Lyric Opera Company- “Merullo” in Verdi’s “Rigoletto” and “Sciarrone”, in Puccini’s “Tosca”.
The Dana Opera Workshop presented the Children’s Opera “Little Red Riding Hood” and Act One of Menotti’s “The Medium” on November 2nd and 3rd in the Bliss Recital Hall at 8 pm.

Great Opera Links:

Pittsburgh Opera

Cleveland Opera

Metropolitan Opera

La Traviata was a smash!
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