The Musical Arts Series at Firelands presents Operaholics on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. at Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 E. Harbor Road, Port Clinton.
Two singers in full operatic costumes will sing arias from comedic to tragic, including arias from The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Don Pasquale, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Pianist Sophia van der Westhuizen will accompany the singers, Carol Dusdieker and Renee Clair.
All three performers have been or are currently associated with Heidelberg University School of Music. Dr. Carol Duskieker is an assistant professor of voice at the university, teaching such classes as voice, diction for singers, chamber music and song literature. She has an exciting performance background, having sung with various opera companies and symphonies including Opera Cleveland, Glimmerglass Opera, Cincinnati Opera and Pops Orchestra and Windsor Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Renee Clair is an adjunct professor of music at Heidelberg. She is an active performer in opera, oratorio, recital and chamber music. Most recently she won first place in the National Opera Association Production Competition singing the role of The Witch from Hansel and Gretel, which will be performed at this concert. She has also sung at national conferences of the College of Music Society and the Society of Composers. She has taught music at several univesities, founded the West Berkeley Chorale in Berkeley, California, and the Chanter concert series in Queensland, Australia.
Sophia van der Westhuizen and her husband Pierre have performed as the Westhuizen Duo internationally, as well for the Musical Arts Series at Firelands. She continues to perform internationally as soloist and collaborative pianist and has an upcoming recording project with German violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel. Sophie is a passionate teacher, currently teaching piano at Youngstown State University, Cuyahoga Community College, and the Cleveland Music Settlement. Sophie previously served on the faculty of Heidelberg University as assistant professor of piano and co-coordinator of the keyboard dvision.
This concert is sponsored by Arby's, Neidecker LeVeck & Crosser, Heidelberg University Theater Department, and WGTE. Tickets are available at the door for $15; students are admitted free. Following the concert, audience members will be invited to attend a reception to meet and welcome the performers.