From left to right: David Mercier, Basundhara Mukherjee, Riya Patel, Katie Merrick, Jeff Domoto (VYOA music director), Fiona Huang, Gabriel Mantegna, Caitlin Long, Rebecca Janney, Sharon Schuppe, Jesus Garcia (guest soloist), Latonia Moore (guest soloist).

Young Musicians to Perform with Rising Opera Stars

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Thursday January 17, 2013

Thirteen students from South Burlington will perform in the Vermont Youth Orchestra’s (VYO) Opera Extravaganza, featuring two of opera’s most sought-after rising stars. Internationally acclaimed soprano Latonia Moore and tenor Jesus Garcia will join the VYO, the VYO Chorus and the Vermont Youth Concert Chorale for a 3 p.m. concert on January 20 at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.
“We are extremely fortunate to have a chance to see opera singers of this caliber in a live performance here in Vermont,” said Jeffrey Domoto, VYOA music director.  “It’s an especially exciting opportunity for our young musicians because sharing the stage with a great performer is always thrilling. Watching a world-class performer allows them to see how music is so much more than just notes, and how a virtuoso really illuminates the music.  It can be a transformative experience.”

The program features arias, duets and choruses from a number of favorite operas, including Lucia di Lammermoor, Tosca, Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, Die Fledermaus, Carmen, Don Carlo, Il Trovatore, Cavalleria Rusticana, Manon and La Traviata.

South Burlington students participating include: Fiona Huang (violin), Caitlin Long (horn), Gabriel Mantegna (violin), David Mercier (double bass), Katie Merrick (violin), Basundhara Mukherjee (violin), Riya Patel (violin), Sharon Schuppe (cello), Rebecca Janney (soprano), Peter Lumholdt (bass), Nina Mantegna (alto), Victoria Chang (Chorale) and Lisa Tchitchkan (Chorale).

In addition to the concert, the VYO is offering a special Opera Extravaganza Package, which includes a 30-minute pre-concert talk by opera expert Peter Fox Smith — host of the weekly A Passion for Opera show on Vermont Public Radio — and a post-concert reception with the guest artists at Sweetwaters. The pre-concert talk will take place at the Flynn’s Amy E. Tarrant Gallery.

To purchase concert tickets, visit To purchase the Opera Extravaganza Package, call 86-FLYNN. For more information, contact the VYOA at (802) 655-5030, or go to

SOURCE: Vermont Youth Orchestra