Saturday, December 18, 2010

“Bass-Baritone Cedric Berry is King Balthazar in Intimate Opera Company production of 'Amahl & The Night Visitors'”

[Cedric Trenton Berry, Bass-Baritone]

John Malveaux of sends this news to AfriClassical:
Bass-Baritone Cedric Berry,, is King Balthazar in Intimate Opera Company production of Amahl & The Night Visitors at the Pasadena Playhouse at 2 PM Sunday, December 19, 2010.”

Cedric Trenton Berry
CEDRIC BERRY, Bass Baritone, received his music diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy and both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Southern California. He has performed a variety of operatic roles including the title role in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust, Falstaff in Nicoli's Merry Wives, Lepporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Sarastro in Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Collatinus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and Shaunard in Puccini’s La Boheme. Cedric made his first European stage appearances in Spain, as Jake, in a concert version of Gershwin's Porgy & Bess. He appeared with LA Opera at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Savonlinna, Finland and sang a concert in tribute to Paul Robeson for the Banlieurs Bleues festival in Paris, France.

“Cedric gained his first professional experiences with Los Angeles Opera covering roles in a number of operas including L'Italiana, Pagliacci, Tosca, Tristan und Isolde, Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Falstaff, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, and Don Giovanni. As a Resident Artist with the company Cedric also sang the roles in The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, Samson et Dalila, Faust, La Rondine and Billy Budd. He has appeared with Pacific Symphony, The Arizona Symphony, The Bakersfield Symphony, The Fresno Philharmonic, The Santa Fe Symphony, The Luckman Jazz orchestra, The New West Symphony, The Southwest Chamber Orchestra, The Pasadena Pops Orchestra, The California Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Recent engagements include appearing with Southwest Chamber Music in the west coast premier of 'The Haroun Songbook', a collection of arias and ensembles from Charles Wuorinen’s opera entitled 'Haroun and the sea of Stories' and performing the role of Prettyman in the world premiere of 'The First Lady', an opera based on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. In addition he has been the recipient of several awards including first place in the Metropolitan Opera Western Region Competition.”

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