Opera Star Keri Alkema to Perform at Carey

Hattiesburg, Miss., August 5, 2013 - William Carey University will host “An Evening with Keri Alkema,” featuring the rising opera star, on Thursday August 29, at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Admission is free.

A voice with an “appealing brew of dark and creamy colors,” as stated by the New York Times, lirico-spinto soprano Keri Alkema has already had successful debuts at major opera houses all over the world. Miss Alkema opened the 2012-2013 season with her first performance of the title role in ‘Anna Bolena” at Minnesota Opera, a role she also performed at the Washington National Opera. She then returned to the Canadian Opera Company in a role debut as Vitellia in Christopher Alden’s production of ‘La Clemenza di Tito.’ She also played the role of Amaltea, the Pharaoh’s wife, in Rossini’s ‘Mose in Egitto’ at the New York City Center. This coming fall, she will sing Elisabetta di Valois in Verdi’s ‘Don Carlo’ at Austin Lyric Opera, and will return to New York to  play Countess Almaviva in Christopher Alden’s new production of ‘Le nozze di Figaro.’

Miss Alkema has debuted on the concert stages of the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s 'Das klagende Lied' and Cincinnati May Festival again in 'Das klagende Lied.' She has also performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as Donna Elvira in 'Don Giovanni' under Roberto Abbado. An active member of the roster of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, she also performed at the Marilyn Horne Foundation Annual Recital at Carnegie Hall.
On the concert stage, Miss Alkema has worked with such notable conductors as Plácido Domingo, Emmanuel Villaume, Ricardo Frizza, Heinz Fricke, Antony Walker, and Ann Manson. She has also been soloist for Handel's Messiah with the Tuscon and Virginia Symphonies, as well as Mozart's Requiem with the Delaware Symphony. A frequent recitalist, Miss Alkema has been a member of several prestigious young artist programs including the Santa Fe Opera and the Music Academy of the West, under the tutelage of Marilyn Horne. She has also been the recipient of prizes from the George London Foundation, Opera Index Competition, Liederkranz Foundation, and Loren L. Zachary National Voice Competition.

For more information about “An Evening with Keri Alkema,” call the WCU School of Music at (601) 318-6175.

Pictured is opera star Keri Alkema, who will be performing a concert at William Carey University on Thursday, August 29, at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Admission is free.