FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (3/01)
Contact: Lynn Stewart or Abbey Broussard, Centenary News Service
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San Francisco Opera
Singer to Return
to Centenary, Her
for Vocal Recital
SHREVEPORT, LA -- San
Francisco Opera singer Twyla Robinson, a Centenary alumna, will return to
her alma mater for a vocal recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25.
The performance will be held in Centenary's Hurley Auditorium.
Ms. Robinson, soprano,
is currently an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera. She has
earned notices in several competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera
National Council auditions, the Eleanor McCollum Concert of Arias competition
at Houston Grand Opera, the National Association of Teachers of Singing
Artists awards and the San Francisco Opera Center's national auditions.
She has also received invitations to participate in the Tucker Foundation
Awards and the inaugural year of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition
A Louisiana native,
she graduated from Centenary in 1993 with a baccalaureate in music, vocal
performance. Starting as a horn major under Thomas Hundemer, she
gradually moved to vocal studies with Dr. Horace English and Dr. Gale J.
Odom. She participated in Opera Centenary, the school's opera workshop,
and performed the roles of the mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors,
the countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Rosalinda in Act II of Die
Fledermaus, and the title role in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah
opposite Dr. English. Centenary provided Robinson with the first opportunity
to explore the concert repertoire with a performance of the second
soprano solos in Mozart's Mass in c minor, a concert given in memory
of Dr. Frank Carroll, late dean of the Hurley School of Music.
In 1999, Robinson concluded
her stay at Indiana University in Bloomington and continues to study voice
with Professor Costanza Cuccaro. In her four-year stay, she performed
the roles of Fiordiligi in Cosí fan Tutte, Donna Elvira in
Don Giovanni, Alice Ford in Falstaff, and the title role
in Richard Strauss's Arabella. Active in the concert genre, Robinson
performed as soloist for IU in such works as Bach's Matthäus-Passion
and Weihnachtsoratorium, Honeggar's Le Roi David, Mendelssohn's
Elijah, Schubert's Mass in G, Mozart's Requiem, and
the Fauré Requiem. She has worked with such conductors as
Imre Pallo, Robert Porco and James Bagwell. Robinson also taught for three
years as an associate instructor for IU's School of Music, with a studio
of 15 private voice students.
As a 1999 Merola Opera
Program participant, Robinson was seen at San Jose's Villa Montalvo as
Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Later reprising Donna Anna and
adding the role of Donna Elvira, she went on to visit 31 cities with the
1999 Western Opera Theater National Tour. In April of 2000, Robinson was
the San Francisco Opera Center's overbearing Lady Billows in Britten's
comedy Albert Herring, and later that month performed in the prestigious
Schwabacher Debut Recital Series for an afternoon of all Brahms--both performances
meeting with critical acclaim. May included a solo turn at Stanford
University in Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and June brought a trip
to Cedar Rapids Opera Theater for the world premiere of Edwin Penhorwood's
Too Many Sopranos. In a role created for her, she portrayed
the "larger-than-life" Madame Pompous, singing in varying styles: from
gospel to music of Wagnerian proportions.
Robinson debuted at
the San Francisco Opera in its Fall 2000 season as Erste Dame in Die
Zauberflöte. She also covered the Marschallin of Renée
Fleming in Der Rosenkavalier. Spring of 2001 brings another Schwabacher
Debut Recital and the role of Giunone in Caccini's La Calisto in
the San Francisco Opera Center's Adler Showcase.
Tickets are available
at Hurley School of Music for $8 for adults and $4 for students.
The concert is free to Centenary faculty, staff and students. For
further information contact the Hurley School of Music at 318-869-5235.