Need more opera? The OFC Guild hosts live performances of popular opera arias and show tunes in a casual pub setting on the last Sunday of each month from 4-6 p.m. at Avogadro’s Number restaurant (605 S. Mason St., Fort Collins). No cover; $10 per person donations are encourage to support these concerts.
Brittani Farrell, mezzo-soprano, recently obtained her Masters of Music degree in voice performance from the University of Northern Colorado, and holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Colorado State University. In addition to a passion for choral music and experience directing opera choruses, Ms. Farrell has been seen as Laurentia in John Duke's Captain Lovelock and recently covered Cherubino in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, both with UNC Opera Theatre.
Russian soprano Ekaterina Kotcherguina is a flexible performer, equally compelling when portraying lighthearted damsels or tragic heroines. She holds an affinity for music of the Baroque and Classical period and particularly enjoys singing innovative interpretations of the Baroque and bel canto repertoire. Ms. Kotcherguina has recently completed her Performance Certificate in opera and solo vocal performance at the University of Colorado and is a member of the Colorado Opera on Tap chapter. She recently appeared as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Adina in L'elisir d'amore, and Musetta in La bohème. Most recently, she placed first in the 2017 Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition. This summer, she will be singing in CU NOW's workshop of Mark Adamo's opera, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.
Anthony P. McGlaun is noted for his clarity of tone, musicality and expressive delivery of text. Mr. McGlaun, a Detroit native, received a Bachelor of Arts in music from Morehouse College and a Master of Music from the University of Northern Iowa. Upon his return to Detroit, Mr. McGlaun joined the faculty of Marygrove College where he served as Director of Vocal Activities and Assistant Professor of Music from 2004-2009. He was an Apprentice with the Michigan Opera Theater company Where he sang the roles of Uncle Yakuside in Madame Butterfly and Remendado in Carmen. In the fall of 2009, Mr. McGlaun has appeared in a national tour of Porgy and Bess and a national broadcast of The Messiah as Tenor Soloist. Mr. McGlaun also performed the role of Robert in Hin und Zuruck at the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, where The New York Times recognized his performance as “...a telling, if too brief, showcase...” and “...amusingly characterized and well-sung.” McGlaun also performed the role of PoPo in the Chicago premiere of Troubled Island and Robert in the world premiere of Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom. Mr. McGlaun has also made role debuts with both Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera.
Baritone Michael Travis Risner has been performing along the Front Range for the last 20 years. He holds a master’s degree from Colorado State University where he studied with Dr. John Lueck, Dr. Todd Queen, and Karen Lauer. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Northern Colorado under the tutelage of Brian Clay Luedloff and Dr. Melissa Malde. Favorite roles of Mr. Risner’s include Figaro of both Rossini and Mozart, Sweeney Todd, Adam from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the Pirate King from The Pirates of Penzance, and Lancelot from Camelot. Also a sought-after director and fight choreographer, his work has been seen on the stages of the Arvada Center, Candlelight Dinner Theatre, Performance Now Theatre, Vintage Theatre, Aurora Fox, Boulder Opera, Boulder Symphony, and Empire Lyric Players.