Announcing the Opera in the Park 2010 Guest Artists

Madison Opera is thrilled to announce the guest artist line-up for Opera in the Park 2010! Without further ado:

Rodrick Dixon, tenor

  • Rodrick Dixon’s dramatic stage presence and stunning vocal qualities have established him as one of the rising stars in opera, contemporary opera, oratorio, concert/recital, musical theater and television.”

Anya Matanovič, soprano

  • Praised for her ‘thrilling vocal color’ and ‘sweetly winning presence’, American soprano Anya Matanovič  (ma ta’ no vich) made her international opera debut in Franco Zeffirelli’s captivating production of Puccini’s La bohème as Musetta during the New Israeli Opera’s 2008-09 Season.” 
  • Fun Fact: Though raised in Washington, Anya was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and will return in the fall as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro.


Stephen Powell, baritone

  • “The dynamic American baritone Stephen Powell brings his handsome voice, elegant musicianship, and robust stage presence to a wide range of music. Opera magazine has hailed him, writing ‘the big news was Stephen Powell’s gorgeously-sung Onegin,’ while The Wall Street Journal lauded his ‘rich, lyric baritone, commanding presence, and thoughtful musicianship.'”
  • Fun Fact: Stephen’s wife, opera singer Barbara Shirvis, will also be performing at Opera in the Park 2010!

Barbara Shirvis, soprano

  • “Hailed nationally for her opera and concert performances alike, soprano Barbara Shirvis’ 2009-10 season currently includes returns to Toledo Opera as Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, and the Rochester Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.”  
  • Fun Fact: Just days after Opera in the Park, Barbara will sing the title role in Tosca with the Minnesota Orchestra, opposite her husband Stephen Powell as the villain Scarpia.

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