Soprano and Iowa City native Meagan Brus, baritone Craig Irvin, and pianist Tony Nickle present a recital of arias, art songs, and duets about that which inspires others toward creativity or compels them to their ultimate demise. Featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Mozart, Poulenc, and more.
Baritone Craig Irvin is a native of Iowa, graduate of Simpson College and the University of Tennessee, and an alumnus of Chicago Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center. He has recently made role and company debuts with Wolf Trap Opera as the Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffman and as Leporello in Don Giovanni, and with Minnesota Opera in the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ new opera Silent Night. Mr. Irvin has also appeared with Des Moines Metro Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Saratoga, Pensacola Opera, the Phoenix Symphony, and in over 700 performances as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast at Walt Disney World, MGM. This season brings debuts with both Fort Worth Opera and Cincinnati Opera, as well as his return to Minnesota Opera as Mandryka in Strauss’s Arabella.
Ms. Brus, a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, returns to Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre this January as Frasquita in their production of Carmen. She has performed with Chatauqua Opera, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Opera Santa Barbara, MusicIC, and Coópera, and has sung abroad in Canada, Japan, and Germany. She currently resides in New York City enjoying a regular performing career with both opera companies and with her two bands, Opera Cowgirls and Another Dead Clown.
Mr. Nickle has been part of the Mount Mercy faculty since 2005, teaching studio piano, coaching vocalists, and serving as a staff accompanist. Additionally, Nickle has served as a rehearsal accompanist and production manager for the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatres' mainstage productions and Young Artist Program productions since 2005.
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