Seventeen singers from North Carolina, Detroit, San Jose, New York, Texas and Washington DC area were selected for participating in the first BCO summer music festival ( August 10 through August 23, 2009). During two weeks singers received coachings, voice lessons, workshops, master classes and performance seminars from some of the leading teachers, coaches and professionals in the area.
Faculty and guest artists: Katerina Souvorova - BCO director, producer, opera coach; Rick Christman - voice technician; Gene Galvin: - stage director, Nicholas Catravas: - rehearsal pianist, coach, Francois Loup - Comic in opera; Delores Ziegler - German Diction in opera and art song, Sharon Christman, - vocal technique, Fabiana Bravo, - Italian diction, Bel Canto, Rick Christman - vocal technique, Gene Galvin - acting, movement, Joe Walsh, VAO, - audition technique, Katerina Souvorova: - Russian Diction.
"... The unquestioned star of the evening was Dennys Moura as Nemorino. Moura, clearly marked out for an early rise to fame as a tenor, sang with obvious emotion, great clarity and instinctive and convincing acting ability. His voice is lovely to hear and his rendition of "Una furtiva lagrima" left his audience dazzled. Moura's will be a career to watch as he adds other roles to his repertoire and gains in experience..." Stephen Neal Dennis, Allartsreview4U.com (read complete review)