Central Virginia premiere of ‘Little Women’ features SBC singers

| March 17, 2014

Sweet Briar voice instructor Marcia Thom-Kaley and arts management director Ursula Kuhar will star in an upcoming Opera on the James production of Mark Adamo’s “Little Women.” The contemporary opera will make its Central Virginia debut at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the Academy of Fine Arts Warehouse Theatre in downtown Lynchburg.

Ursula Kuhar

Both Thom-Kaley and Kuhar appeared in the Opera’s November 2013 production of “Suor Angelica.”

Kuhar, a mezzo-soprano who has been praised for her “ability to accurately convey emotion” (The Indianapolis Star) and her “charming characterization and fine musicianship” (WFIU), also starred in the company’s “The Magic Flute” last spring. In 2012, Kuhar made her international debut in the title role of Handel’s “Orlando” at the Siena Music Festival in Siena, Italy, and has performed throughout Europe and the Americas. Other performances include Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion,” Bernstein’s “Songfest” and “Arias and Barcarolles,” Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2,” Otto Nicolai’s “Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor” (Frau Reich) and Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” (Marcellina). Kuhar was a recent Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Regional finalist.

Marcia Thom-Kaley. Photo by David Duncan Photography.

A soprano, Thom-Kaley has sung leading and supporting operatic roles throughout the United States with various professional companies, including Opera Memphis, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera.  She has also appeared with the Roanoke Symphony, Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Lynchburg Symphony and in an extensive list of musical theater productions. A frequent soloist, she has sung the National Anthem at numerous Susan G. Komen events and was the featured soloist at the 2012 National Convention of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D.C.

The cast also features mezzo-soprano Sarah Heltzel, who returns to the Opera in the role of Jo March, and first-time cast member and baritone Peter Kendall Clark as Friedrich Bhaer, among others.

Tickets are $32.50 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased through the box office at (434) 528-3397 or at www.operaonthejames.org.

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