Backstage at the Opera

Joy is being presented by LifeLong Learning at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts with 3 candid “behind the scenes” interviews. November 14, 2012 features Maestro Victor DeRenzi, Artistic Director of Sarasota Opera. The subject is Verdi and RIGOLETTO. Dec. 12, 2012. Joy will interview Steffanie Pearce, founding artistic director of Opera Naples. They will visit about “founding an opera company.” and TOSCA which ON will present in Hayes Hall. The third interview will take place March 27, 2013 with Stephanie Sundine who directs Sarasota’s production of TURANDOT. Prior to each interview, Joy will present a “light-hearted” synopsis of the operas featuring photos and music from each opera. All presentations are on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. in the Toni Stabile Building.Tickets may be ordered by calling 800.597.1900.

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About Joy Davidson

Joy Davidson, mezzo-soprano, began her career with a professional debut in Rossini’s Cenerentola with Greater Miami Opera and went on to sing 45 roles throughout Europe and North America. Since her retirement from the operatic and concert stage, Joy has returned to the theatre with performances as Maria Callas in MASTER CLASS (Terrance McNally) and two one woman dramas: MARIA: The Life and Loves of Maria Callas (Alma H. Bond) and ALICE: An Evening with the Tart-Tongued Alice Roosevelt Longworth (Kitty Felde). Recent performances of these plays have been at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, Florida, the Kravis/Rinker Center for the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL and Colorado State University in conjunction with Opera Fort Collins. ALICE sold out 5 performances at the Capital Fringe Festival, Washington D.C. July, 2011. Miss Davidson garnered rave reviews for her performance as the NURSE in MEDEA (Euripedes/Jeffers) for Theatre Conspiracy in March 2011. The Philharmonic Center for the Arts presented Miss Davidson in another one-woman tour de force, TEA AT FIVE (Matthew Lombardo), which captures the fiery spirit of Katharine Hepburn, March 11, 12, 2012.