Monday, Feb 19, 2024 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Sandcastle, Kiawah Island SC
Opera 101 welcomes both the uninitiated and experienced lovers of classical western opera from its inception in Italy over 400 years ago to the present, and is open to all Kiawah residents.
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Harold Meers – Founder, Executive Artistic Director, Charleston Opera Theater
This Opera 101 class will focus on Il trovatore and other operas composed by Giuseppe Verdi during his illustrious “middle period” of compositional output. This artistic period of Verdi’s life contains some of his best loved and iconic works.
Since his professional debut with the Opera Theater of St. Louis, Harold Meers has established himself as one of the outstanding American tenors of his generation and is known particularly for his interpretations of Puccini, Verdi and French Romantic repertoire. He has garnered both critical and popular praise for his work at the most important venues in North America, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Minnesota Opera, Madison Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Omaha, Des Moines Metro Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and Baltimore Opera, among others.
Internationally, Harold has performed recently as Riccardo in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera at the Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden (Germany), Boris in Katya Kabanova with Opera North (United Kingdom), Cassio in Otello with the Filharmonica de Jalisco in Mexico at the historic Teatro Degollado (Mexico), the title role of Hoffmann in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Boris in Katya Kabanova and Rodolfo in La Bohème with Theater Freiburg (Germany). He recently traveled to the Czech Republic to perform at the National Theater in Brno Czechia as the title character Verdi’s Otello and reprised the role at the Thurn und Taxis Schlossfestspiele in Regensburg, Germany. This season, he debuts the role of Manrico in
Verdi’s Il Trovatore with Opera Santa Barbara. Harold is currently the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Charleston Opera Theater, a professional performing arts organization located in Charleston, South Carolina.
With his background as a world class tenor and artistic director of an opera company, Harold will present “middle Verdi” in general and more specifically in Verdi’s Il trovatore.