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Cortlandt Performing Arts Students Perform With Taconic Opera

Local opera students, Travis Ramirez and Noelle Carlson, will perform with the Taconic Opera this season.
Local opera students, Travis Ramirez and Noelle Carlson, will perform with the Taconic Opera this season. Photo Credit: Cortland School of Performing Arts

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- The Cortlandt School of Performing Arts in Croton-on-Hudson, announced that two of their high school seniors have been selected to perform with Taconic Opera this season.

The two talented vocalists selected, Travis Ramirez and Noelle Carlson, will sing in October in "I Pagliacci," by the composer Ruggero Leoncavallo (in Italian with English supertitles) and an operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan, "Trial by Jury."

Ramirez, a senior at Hendrick Hudson High School, has studied voice with Dan Montez at CSPA since 2014. Montez is also the opera company's general director.

“Travis is one of the most joyful and hardworking classical voice students I have ever had at his age. He is going to have a wonderful career as a singer, not because of his talent, which he has in abundance, but because of his work ethic and joy that he brings to his personal practice”.

Carlson enjoys her weekly training with Alison Tupay, a concert artist and a vocal music graduate of The Julliard School.

“What a wonderful opportunity for this talented young singer: to witness firsthand all that goes into being involved in an operatic production…. from learning pronunciation of the texts and challenging rhythms to watching the conductor while completing her staging - such an excellent experience to build on Noelle’s musicianship," Tupay said.

Audiences can enjoy the performances of "I Pagliacci" and "Trial by Jury" at 8 p.m. Oct. 17 and 2 p.m and Oct. 18, at Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Heights.

A wide range of ticket prices is available and significant reductions are offered for senior citizens. To encourage youth attendance, student prices are $15 regardless of seating selection.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the company website at www.taconicopera.org or call 855-886-7372.

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