The Voices of Vienna presents a concert of lilting music from Viennese Operetta, Broadway and opera celebrating spring Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m.
The award-winning singers return to the venue of Shepherd of the Hills (SOTH) Lutheran Church at 16150 E. El Lago Blvd. The program, “Voices of Spring,” will feature famous waltz songs of Johann Strauss, the lyrical tunes of Franz Lehar and gypsy dances of Kalman. Duets and ensembles will include music from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” The audience is invited to join singing songs from “The Sound of Music.”
A dessert reception, hosted by the Austrian Society of Arizona, follows the concert. The concert is free, and donations will be accepted for the high school scholarship fund at SOTH.
The singers are Dr. Asleif Willmer, coloratura soprano; Sandra Flores-Strand, mezzo soprano; Jeffrey Strand, tenor; and Eric Flyte, tenor. Maestro John Massaro, co-founder of Phoenix Opera and the Southwest Vocal Competition will be at the keyboard.
Dr. Asleif Willmer has returned from a summer performing with Opera Saratoga and City Lyric Opera (N.Y.) and has appeared in major roles in Light Opera Theater at Arizona State University and leading roles at the Brevard Festival and European venues. She won an AriZoni award for Best Supporting Actress and won the Metropolitan Opera Council Audition.
Jeffrey Strand has just returned from an engagement with Sarasota Opera’s “Magic Flute” production and has appeared on opera and operetta stages in the United States, Canada and European countries. He was the first prize male recipient for the 2017 Southwest Vocal Competition and teaches at Grand Canyon University.
Sandra Flores-Strand has sung at many operatic and concert venues in the United States and Europe and recently recorded an opera scene with the Phoenix Opera Orchestra. She has been involved with theater from a young age and directs an orchestral program for youth.
Eric Flyte has performed in recital, concert and stage performances throughout the U.S., Austria and Germany. He has performed many roles at ASU where he is a doctoral student. He spent the summer at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, performing the Viennese Operetta repertoire.
John Massaro is the Founder/Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Phoenix Opera and has conducted orchestras, numerous stage productions and opera galas with world renowned opera superstars. He is a coach, composer and is the co-founder of the Southwest Vocal Competition.
The Voices of Vienna, founded by Kathryn Keefer, has been presenting concerts featuring university vocal majors since 1987 in Minnesota and 2014 in Arizona.