Opera Apprenticeship benefits UW-Parkside students
UW-Parkside's 2011-12 academic year is the first year of an annual Opera Apprenticeship agreement between the Kenosha campus and the Milwaukee Opera Theater (MOT). UW-Parkside Assistant Professor of Music Ami Bouterse and MOT Artistic Director Jill Anna Ponasik created this opportunity for voice majors to gain professional-level experience, hone their craft, and network with area artists.
The apprenticeship is available to select current and recently graduated students who have shown outstanding promise in UW-Parkside's Opera Workshop and who meet the eligibility requirements set forth jointly by the MOT and the university.
This year, music major Kaytlyn Johnson and recent graduate Jennifer Hansen Gomez performed in MOT's production of "Fortuna the Time Bender vs. the Schoolgirls of Doom!" to sold-out audiences at Milwaukee's Alchemist Theater. Katy is a student of Ami Bouterse and Jennifer studied with Allison Hull while at UW-Parkside.
In addition, music major Billy Hansen sang in Florentine Opera's recent production of "Turandot" and has been asked to sing in upcoming Florentine productions. Billy is a student of Allison Hull.
And Megan Wilson received the Best Talent Award and the title Miss Congeniality at the Kenosha Miss America qualifying pageant on Jan. 28. Megan is a student of Ami Bouterse."I am very excited and proud of the work our students do in and outside of the classroom!" Bouterse said.