Opera Maine Studio Artist Program
The 2019 Studio Artists will present Sumeida’s Song by Mohammed Fairouz. Richard Gammon will direct performances to be held in Portland in July. The opera is based on Tawfiq al-Hakim’s play ‘Song of Death’, a classic in Arab theater. Sumeida’s Song follows the return of Alwan, a young man from Cairo, to his village in Upper Egypt. He defies his family’s expectations that he will fulfill an age-old blood feud. Instead, he reveals that the true purpose of his return is to end the violence, and bring light and enlightenment to his village.
The Studio Artist Program Director is Richard Gammon
Read more about composer Mohammed Fairouz.
Opera Maine’s prestigious Studio Artist program (formerly known as Young Artist Program) was inaugurated in 1996 and has run continuously except for a brief hiatus during the great recession. It has evolved from being an “educational” activity for local music students, giving them an opportunity to sing in concert settings, to offering full fledged programs for young professionals who produce and perform complete operas at various locations around the state. Many of our alumni have gone on to have successful careers in major theaters around the country. Participants also have roles in Opera Maine’s mainstage production, working with Opera Maine’s Artistic Director, Dona D. Vaughn and our Principal Conductor Stephen Lord. For more information contact Opera Maine at (207) 879-7678
photo by Martha Mickles