The John T. Vucurevich Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute to support the June 2012 opera program.  The Institute is housed and administered through Black Hills State University.  The award will provide two full and two half-scholarships to four South Dakota students. 

The scholarships will enable them to attend the intensive two-week program of study that focuses on performance skills.  In addition, the award will bring distinguished stage director Bruce Donnell to the Institute.  Donnell has directed at the Metropolitan Opera for over 25 years as well as serving at the San Francisco Opera and the Santa Fe Opera.   He is the recipient of two Emmy Awards for his work on television productions.   The expertise that he will bring to this year’s Institute will provide the program’s twenty-three young vocalists from across the nation with an exceptional experience as they hone their performance skills.  

The four South Dakota student recipients of the John T. Vucurevich Foundation scholarships are Larissa Buchholz, soprano from Tripp; Megan Case, mezzo soprano from  Aberdeen; Anthony Rohr, tenor from Aberdeen; and Brandon Sieck, tenor from Aberdeen.  All four students are enrolled in the music program at Northern State University. 

The dates of the Opera Institute are June 10-23, with performances of favorite arias on June 16 and opera scenes and acts on both June 22 and 23.  All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in Meier Recital Hall. 

The Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute is in its 15th year and resulted from collaboration between internationally renowned opera soprano, Johanna Meier, and BHSU.   For more information about the Institute and upcoming performances, visit www.BHSU.edu/Opera or call Holly Downing (605) 642-6517.

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