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World premiere opera tells story of Anna Hunter

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A world premiere opera about real-life Savannahian Anna Colquitt Hunter will be presented by the Savannah VOICE Festival from Nov. 2-4.

The comedic ghost opera “Anna Hunter, The Spirit of Savannah” was written by SVF’s composer-in-residence Michael Ching. The story of Savannah’s preservation movement, it will be staged at the Davenport House Museum, where the movement started.

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Savannah VOICE Festival’s Anna Hunter

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Festival Director Maria Zouves and Composer-in-Residence Michael Ching discuss the upcoming world premiere of Anna Hunter, The Spirit of Savannah.

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SVF to Present World Premiere of Anna Hunter Opera

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Savannah VOICE Festival is set to debut the world premiere of Composer-in-Residence Michael Ching’s newest opera, “Anna Hunter, The Spirit of Savannah.” This comedic ghost opera about Savannah’s preservation will be staged at the historic Davenport House Museum located on Columbia Square, 324 E. State St., with immersion performances featuring a live instrumental ensemble.

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Review: “Travel the Globe”

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The Savannah VOICE Festival has returned to Savannah to present their fifth anniversary season, themed “Funny@Five.” Festival artists are slated to present the annual crowd-favorites, “VOICES Around the World” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 and “Opera Idol” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. “VOICES Around the World” will be held at Christ Church, 28 Bull St. in downtown Savannah and “Opera Idol” will be held at the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St., also in downtown Savannah.

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Review: “Voices Around the World”

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The Savannah VOICE Festival’s production of “Voices Around the World” was a celebration of global vocal music, delivered in a quick-hit showcase that ran the gamut of styles, composers and emotions.

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Review: Le Nozze di Figaro

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It’s been 231 years since Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s comedic opera “Le Nozze di Figaro” (The Marriage of Figaro) debuted. Turns out, it’s still hilarious.

Thanks to the Savannah VOICE Festival’s strategically wonderful staging of one of the most popular operas in the world, Savannahians were treated to a show that highlighted all the reasons why this opera has endured.

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SVF Presents Two Treasured Operas

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The Savannah VOICE Festival – always a dynamic annual celebration of opera music and vocal arts – is pulling out all the stops for its fifth anniversary celebration. Formerly a two-week event, the festival will now span three weeks to increase and diversify its traditional offerings of concerts, master classes, social events and showcases. With all the traditional offerings of past years, the Savannah VOICE Festival continues to establish itself as the opera company of the Southeast region and it is fittingly offering two of the world’s most treasured and entertaining pieces – Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) and Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville).

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VOICES in Sacred Song

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The Savannah VOICE Festival offers some of its programming at no cost. This year, for the first time, the popular VOICES in Sacred Song concert is free. The goodwill concert is set for Aug. 17 at First Presbyterian Church. It was put together by Timothy Hall, organist/choirmaster at Christ Church Episcopal in Savannah, and will offer oratorio, liturgical music and inspirational song.

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Jessica Ann Best and SVF

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Ten years ago, mezzo soprano Jessica Ann Best went through the VOICExperience program.

She has participated in its Savannah VOICE Festival all five years since its inception. For the 2017 festival, Best will be the star of “Funny Girl with a Gypsy Swing: Jessica Ann Best & Velvet Caravan,” set for Aug. 15 at the Jewish Educational Alliance

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SVF Flash Mob at Leopolds

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Savannah Voice Festival performers surprise the customers of their favorite ice cream shop with a short impromptu show of their vocal talents.

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SVF Partners with School Systems for Outreach

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The Sherrill Milnes VOICE Programs and Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts are proud to announce a partnership to implement a comprehensive musical outreach program in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.

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SVF’s Free Masterclasses

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Audiences have the opportunity to watch world-renowned operatic baritone Sherrill Milnes in action at a series of free master classes.

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Interviews on WTOC

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WTOC interviews Maria Zouves and Meechot Marrero on their show about the Savannah Voice Festival.

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SVF is Happening Now!

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A conversation on WSAV with Maria Zouves and Meechot Marrero about the festival in its fifth year.

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Good News: SVF is Back

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Once again, for the fifth year in a row, the Savannah summer is being filled with song. “Who doesn’t want great music the in the middle of the summer,” said Maria Zouves, executive director and co-founder of the Savannah Voice Festival. “It’s August and I have 85 beautiful singers in town. So, what a great way to enjoy ourselves.”

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SVF Returns with Humor and Harmony

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RAISE A VOICE, crack a laugh: Savannah VOICE Festival is back for its fifth season. The annual celebration of opera, musical theatre, and popular song highlights rising stars of the vocal world, honors the art’s roots, and educates future vocalists. This year, the festival has decided to take a humorous twist.

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Savannah VOICE Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

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The Savannah VOICE Festival unveiled the lineup for its 2017 season, keeping the occasion lighthearted at the perfect event to drum up excitement for the SVF’s fifth season, aptly themed “Funny at 5.” During “Spring Soiree: A Waterside Supper Concert” at The Landings on Skidaway Island, guests were treated to dinner, drinks, entertainment and an official unveiling of the festival’s schedule, which boasts an impressive array of over 25 concerts, classes, operas. outreaches and other events slated to unfold this August – the fifth anniversary of the Savannah VOICE Festival.

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Savannah VOICE Festival Announces 2017 Performances

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The Savannah VOICE Festival will return for its fifth year with a three-week schedule of more than 20 concerts, comedic Mozart operas, free master classes and educational outreach initiatives from Aug. 5-27 in various locations around downtown Savannah.

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SVF Expands to Three Weeks of Performances

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he Savannah VOICE Festival will present its fifth anniversary season Aug. 5-27.

The program has been so successful, it’s time to have a little fun and show the lighthearted side of opera. Featuring more than 25 concerts, classes, operas, outreaches and other events, the three-week festival is themed Funny@Five.

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Savannah VOICE Festival Gala — ‘Opera with Southern Charm’ February 12th

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“The fourth annual VOICE Gala at New York’s second oldest exclusive private social club will be a star-studded operatic blend of New York and Georgia.  Themed as “Opera with a Southern Flair”, opera legend and VOICExperience co-founder Sherrill Milnes will host a sumptuous dinner of elegant low-country fare and introduce performances by international singers such as Michael Fabiano (2014 Richard Tucker Awardee) and VOICExperience’s own rising stars Amy Shoremount-Obra and Santiago Ballerini. They will be joined by the 2017 young artists of the Milnes VOICE Programs in an entertaining night of world class music.”

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Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award

Savannah Morning News

…”A new award this year – the Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award – of $500 sponsored by Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves on behalf of the Savannah VOICE Festival, was awarded to Kisma Jordan for the best performance of an American opera aria….”

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Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award

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…”A new award this year – the Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award – of $500 sponsored by Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves on behalf of the Savannah VOICE Festival, to Kisma Jordan for best performance of an American opera aria…”

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American Traditions Vocal Competition

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(At the 4:30 minute mark)  “World renowned baritone Sherrill Milnes for the first time is sponsoring the Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award for the best performance of an American opera aria during the quarter- or semi-finals of the American Traditions Competition.”

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American Traditions is back to showcase outstanding vocalists

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…“It’s not easy to become one of the quarter-finalists,” he points out. “We got over a thousand applications this year—a record. To come to Savannah means you’re obviously very talented.”

And that talent is rewarded. The American Traditions first place winner is awarded a $12,000 cash prize. Second place earns $6,000; third, $3,000; $1,200 for fourth and fifth place, and on down to $500 for the Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award, Ben Tucker Jazz Award, and Richard Chambless’ People’s Choice Award….

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Good News: Free Community Concert

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The Savannah Voice Festival held a community goodwill concert at Christ Church in Savannah, Thursday evening.

“This was a time that we typically go into the schools and provide outreaches, but we also concentrate on our needs to support those educational programs, so the plan was to have a fundraiser tonight, but of course Matthew had other plans for us…”

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