13 Nov 2013
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Lenora Green, recognized as one of America's most talented sopranos, has joined The LeMoyne-Owen College and Stax Music Academy as artist in residence.
"We are pleased that Ms. Green brings with her a dynamic portfolio of classical music experience, and has already engaged an expectant, talented student community in instruction and performance," said Dr. Cheryl Golden, LOC vice president and chief academic officer.
"We are especially pleased with the prospect for forging even stronger bonds with Stax through our mutual appreciation for Ms. Green's work, and look forward to many collaborative opportunities."
As artist in residence, Green will teach master classes, provide vocal coaching, and deliver several recitals and concerts, bridging active relationships between the two institutions, Opera Memphis, and other community entities during her tenure.
Green also is hard at working teaching her pupils the business side of music.
"In this business, it's not just about talent; it's about work and being professional," said Green.
With that end in mind, Green is working with Street Corner Harmonies, a local choir comprised of vocalists and instrumentalists associated with the Stax Music Academy's SNAP! After School, a program that provides music education, mentoring and unique performance opportunities to youth.
Green 's also wants to educate the community.
"One of my main goals is outreach," she said. "I want more people to know about and appreciate opera and classical voice."
The renowned sopranos first performance is Nov. 17 at the LeMoyne-Owen College Fall Recital on Tuesday, November 19, at 7:00 pm, at Lane Music, 9309 Poplar Avenue, Germantown. For more information, contact the Arts and Humanities Division at (901) 435-1306.
No stranger to the stage, Green's 2012/13 season showcased her debut on the Michigan Opera Theater stage, followed by a New Orleans Opera Association appearance as Berta in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. She has appeared as Antonia in Offenbach's "Les Contes d'Hoffmann and as Donna Anna in "Don Giovanni" at the Kaye Playhouse with the Martina Arroyo Foundation.
Other roles performed include the Lady with the Cake box in Dominick Argento's "Postcard from Morocco," Eurydice in "Orpheus in the Underworld," and Madmne Lidoine in Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites." She also has appeared at the acclaimed Glimmerglass Festival singing the role of the High Priestess in Verdi's "Aida," directed by Francesca Zambello.
Green greatly enjoys performing featured soprano roles on the concert stage appearing in such masterworks as Mozart's "Coronation Mass in C Major," "Exsultate Jubilate" and "Vesperae Solennes"; Richard Strauss's "Vier Letzte Lieder"; Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9; J. S. Bach's "St. John's Passion"; and, John Rutter's "Requiem."
Her presentations have garnered numerous awards, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council's District of North Carolina Encouragement award. Green also has emerged victorious is such competitions as the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the William Knight Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association, which named her the national winner of their Young Artist Competition. She also was awarded a young artist prize from the Asolo Festival and Institute for Song Interpretation in northern Italy.