Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cedric Trenton Berry's Streetwise Don Giovanni

Cedric Trenton Berry

This site is a big proponent of ensuring that opera appeals to a younger generation; that we create productions and market singers that can compete with television and movies for audiences. Although we know that purists will object to anything that doesn't look like a Met production from the 1940s, we love it when we see creative new ways to bring opera to new audiences.

We loved this video of Cedric Trenton Berry the minute it arrived in our inbox and he certainly qualifies as a barihunk. He sings a sexy version of Don Giovanni's famous Champagne Aria "Fin ch'han dal vino" on the streets of Los Angeles. The clip is from the film "Jackson" by independent filmmaker J.F. Lawton and the music is arranged and orchestrated by Frankie Blue.

Berry had real operatic street cred, as well. He attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Southern California. He also received first place in the Metropolitan Opera Western Region Competition.

He has covered roles with the Los Angeles Opera, as well as sung roles with the company as a resident artist. In addition to his work with a number of orchestras and opera companies, he performed in the West Coast premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s opera “The Haroun Songbook” and played Prettyman in the world premiere of “The First Lady”, an opera based on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. 

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1 comment:

  1. Grey stretch pants, poorly done lip synching and a frizzy wig (I think?) just do not lend credibility in my opinion. But maybe the film's director is to blame, not Mr. Berry.