Sunday, August 10, 2014

Colin Ramsey in Aztec "Magic Flute"; Introducing Zane Ransom Hill

Colin Ramsey as The Speaker (left) and modeling his Barihunk tee shirt (right)

We introduced barihunk Colin Ramsey to readers last year and then featured him during his Seattle Opera debut in Menotti's The Consul earlier this year.

He's currently back at the Opera NEO Summer Opera Festival and Workshop where he's performing The Speaker in Mozart's The Magic Flute. The production is being done in Aztec style with a costume that we just had to share with readers.

The opera is being performed in English on August 15 and 17 at Crill Performance Hall at the Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Tickets are available online.

Zane Ransom Hill
Also appearing with Opera NEO is Zane Ransom Hill, who is new to this site. He'll be singing Lesbo in Handel's Agrippina (as well as covering Papageno in The Magic Flute).  Agrippina will be performed on August 14 and 16 under the baton of early music specialist Nicholas Kraemer.

Zane Ransom Hill is a junior at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he is pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. In the Spring of 2011, he was chosen to be part of the exclusive Houston Grand Opera High School Voice Studio; a yearlong scholarship program of private weekly voice lessons, master classes, performance opportunities and vocal coaching from the Houston Grand Opera staff. 

Hill has performed in the choruses of Haydn's Il Mondo Della Luna and Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus with the Oberlin Opera Theater, and was also accepted into the prestigious Oberlin in Italy program where he performed in the chorus of Puccini's La bohème. In 2013, he sang as part of the Lyrique en Mer Festival in Belle Île, France where he performed in the productions of both Bizet's Carmen and Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

This summer, he has been selected as one of only twelve Schubert Fellows for SongFest 2014 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he will perform in a concert series collaborating with leading composers and recital artists.

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