IE Opera company celebrates hometown’s 125th anniversary

Redlands Opera Theatre, a relatively new company in the Inland Empire, hosted a concert on May 11 to celebrate the city’s 125th anniversary in grand fashion.  The event took place at the First Presbyterian Church of Redlands, a modern structure with clean architecture inside and out.  The program was A Collection of American Compositions, and featured several talented entertainers for a very enjoyable evening:

Victor Mazzone began the evening with “Some Enchanted Evening”, a favorite from South Pacific.  This dashing gentleman has a rich baritone voice that started our evening off on a great note. He later teamed up with soprano Daria Somers for a forever-to-be-remembered “If I Loved You” — soooo beautiful.  Daria has a  rich soprano voice, and was then joined by baritone Andrew Bennett‘s clear, pleasant sound for another duet that showed off Bennett’s surprising strength in his young voice.  Christa Stevens, one of the company’s co-founders, has a remarkably clear soprano voice with excellent control, even on the very high final note of one of her numbers.

Baritone Vincent Robles has a strong, powerful presence and sound on the stage, but brings a gentle, romantic style to softer ballads.  Great voice.  Christie Lynn Lawrence, mezzo-soprano, was playful and fun, with a lot of style, and her voice was particularly lovely in lighter moments.  Tiana Dye, ROT’s other co-founder, brought both a beautiful voice and her considerable skills as an entertainer.  Singing “Wunderbar” with Robles to close the show, they danced and sang for a big finale, and we all had a ball.

The program was accompanied from the piano by Dr. Ed Yarnell, and the intermission included entertainment from The Sixth Sense barbershop group, visiting from Redlands East Valley High School.  Decked out in vests and straw hats, the boys were charming.

If you missed this enjoyable concert, be sure to get on the company’s mailing list — check out their website here.  You’re missing out!

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