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#HOTspeaks – Acting like an Opera Singer

Hawaii Opera Theatre Production Coordinator Jordan Sasaki typically works behind the scenes to make sure productions flow smoothly. But she will soon be on the other side of the curtain.

Sasaki will act the role of Lysander in the Hawaii Shakes Festival mid-August production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her involvement with opera through HOT has helped her prepare for the role, she said.

“I think to myself that I want to act with the same finesse that opera singers sing with,” Sasaki said. “As actors, we’re kind of obsessive about our voices, but being a singer is this whole other level of discipline.”

HOT’s Orvis Opera Studio Live in Concert with Maestro Tim Shaindlin

Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) presents the HOT Orvis Opera Studio: Live in Concert with Maestro Timothy Shaindlin, on August 6, 2016, at the Sacred Hearts Academy Chapel. This free event is offered by of HOT’s Education Department.

Singers from the Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio will perform in this free concert featuring opera arias and other classical music favorites led by Maestro Timothy Shaindlin. The event is the culmination of the singers’ work, after two weeks spent with Maestro Shaindlin.

The HOT Take Abroad Pt. 3 – Boris Godunov

Prom number 2 was a concert performance of Mussorgsky’s epic opera, Boris Godunov, by the Royal Opera House. As with HOT’s recent concert performance, the chorus and orchestra were onstage throughout, with the soloists entering and exiting according to the score. Since this production had already been performed fully staged at the Royal Opera House, the soloists were in costume.