TIFFIN – Two years ago, Heidelberg University alumnus John R. Beale, ’64, donated to Beeghly Library a large personal collection of about 300 books on opera and classical music recordings, many of them autographed by composers, conductors and performers. On Sunday, the School of Music will express its appreciation for the collection with an opera gala concert in Beale’s honor.
With the theme “What’s Opera, Doc?” the concert features a series of operatic gems. It will be held at 4 p.m. in Brenneman Music Hall and is free and open to the community.
The concert is being coordinated by Heidelberg voice professor Carol Dusdieker and alumna Donna Overholt, advisory board member and treasurer of Friends of Heidelberg Music. Featured performers will be Dusdieker, piano professor Margarita Denenberg, School of Music accompanist Cynthia Ramsdell and guest soloists Benjamin Bunsold and Katherine Calcamuggio.
The program begins with four selections from Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte.” Other familiar operas represented include “L’elisir d’amore,” “Romeo and Juliette,” “Lakme,” “La Perichole,” “Rigoletto,” “La forza del Destino,” “La Boheme” and “Die Fledermaus.”
Dusdieker , a soprano, joined the Heidelberg faculty full time in 2011. She received her doctoral degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and brings an exciting performance background to Heidelberg. In addition to her teaching, she has sung with various opera companies and symphonies throughout the U.S.
The Soviet Union-Born Denenberg is in her second year teaching piano at Heidelberg. In addition, she has a busy performance schedule with recent recitals and lectures across the U.S. She won her first piano competition at age 8 and hasn’t stopped since. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Southern California.
Bunsold, an accomplished opera singer, will perform the tenor role at the concert. He last visited Heidelberg in December 2011 as a soloist for the university’s Christmas concert and “Messiah” performance at the Ritz Theatre. He has sung leading operatic roles throughout the U.S. and abroad. His concert credits include solos in pieces by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Vivaldi, among others.
Calcamuggio, a mezzo soprano, also is not new to the Heidelberg stage, performing as a soloist in the 2012 Christmas performance. She has been featured in important roles and company debuts across the U.S. She has performed with Grammy-winning eight blackbird and also has been seen on stages in Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Iowa, Virginia, Illinois and Ohio.