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Up-and-coming opera singers transform young professionals party into a tuneful time

Rising opera stars turn young professionals party into a tuneful time

News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Megan and Jake Stroudand, Boran and Becky Buturovic
Megan and Jake Stroudand, Boran and Becky Buturovic. Photo by Carl Cramer
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Kenny Terrell, Marianne Terrell, Chu Okoli, Jordan Mathews
 Kenny Terrell, Marianne Terrell, Chu Okoli, Jordan Mathews. Photo by Carl Cramer
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,
Samuel Chavez, Brian Riede. Photo by Carl Cramer
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Clare Nguyen, Jamie Nguyen,Sydney Nguyen, Allan Mak
Clare Nguyen, Jamie Nguyen, Sydney Nguyen, Allan Mak. Photo by Carl Cramer
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Julia Engels, James Chamberlain
Young opera talents Julia Engel and James Chamberlain. Photo by Carl Cramer
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015, Kyle Albertson, Alissa Albertson
Kyle and Alissa Albertson. Photo by Carl Cramer
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Joe Leo, Lisa Pettway
Joe Leo, Lisa Pettway. Photo by Carl Cramer
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015, Jessica Ognian, Jordan Bacon
Jessica Ognian, Jordan Bacon. Photo by Carl Cramer
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015, Heeharika Tumati, Andrew Grant
Heeharika Tumati, Andrew Grant. Photo by Carl Cramer
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Patricia Bernstein, Amanda Bryant
Patricia Bernstein, Amanda Bryant. Photo by Carl Cramer
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Ricardo Rodriguez, Sumi Park
 Ricardo Rodriguez, Sumi Park.  Photo by Carl Cramer
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Tony Tripodo, Marcia Feldman, Michael Raak
Tony Tripodo, Marcia Feldman, Michael Raak. Photo by Carl Cramer
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015, Keith Chapman, Mariam Khalili, Claudio Gutierrez
Keith Chapman, Mariam Khalili, Claudio Gutierrez. Photo by Carl Cramer
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Megan and Jake Stroudand, Boran and Becky Buturovic
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Kenny Terrell, Marianne Terrell, Chu Okoli, Jordan Mathews
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Clare Nguyen, Jamie Nguyen,Sydney Nguyen, Allan Mak
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Julia Engels, James Chamberlain
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015, Kyle Albertson, Alissa Albertson
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Joe Leo, Lisa Pettway
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015, Jessica Ognian, Jordan Bacon
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015, Heeharika Tumati, Andrew Grant
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Patricia Bernstein, Amanda Bryant
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Ricardo Rodriguez, Sumi Park
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015,  Tony Tripodo, Marcia Feldman, Michael Raak
News, Shelby, Opera in the Heights party, August 2015, Keith Chapman, Mariam Khalili, Claudio Gutierrez

Opera in the Heights (Oh!) took center stage at Silver Street Studios "Second Saturday" event, transforming the happening from a visual arts party into a performing arts fete. There were multiple aria presentations, costumes on display and chats about the regional opera company that performs in Lambert Hall in the Heights. 

In a special welcome, Flashback FilmsMichael Raak hosted the event for Oh! and held a VIP reception in his Silver Street studio for the Young Opera Lovers Organization or YOLO, the young professional group affiliated with Oh! Adding to the colorful afternoon were FotoFest's I Am a Camera exhibition and artists studios open for touring.

Young rising opera talents tenor James Chamberlain and soprano Julia Engel, accompanied by pianist Keith Weber, wowed guests throughout the day with their talents while violist Faith Jones added to the musical entertainment.

With Oh! approaching the start of its 20th season, the afternoon outing was the perfect vehicle for introducing the company to a broader audience.

Music lovers on the scene included Oh! executive director Mariam Khalili, Tony Tripodo, Marcia and Michael Feldman, Dan Mathena, Corey Powell, Marianne and Kenny Terrell, Patricia Bernstein, Becky and Boran Buturovic, Samuel Chavez, Barbara Henley and Jordan Mathews.