Some of the opera students who will perform Saturday in San Miguel. Some of the opera students who will perform in San Miguel. jim knoch

Rising stars in opera perform Saturday

San Miguel school will present its annual Gala Grand Finale

Twenty-one rising stars of the opera — 14 of them Mexican — will offer a concert Saturday that has become an annual event in San Miguel de Allende.


The third annual Gala Grand Finale represents the culmination of a month of study for the international opera singers at San Miguel’s Institute of Bel Canto.

Selected by audition and for having demonstrated major opera career potential, the students are now completing their intensive program, taught by faculty that includes Lenore Rosenberg, associate artistic administrator of the Metropolitan Opera.

Its vocal coaches are opera singers who have appeared on world renowned stages, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, London’s Covent Garden, the Paris opera house Palais Garnier and La Scala in Rome.

The San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto was founded and is co-directed by Joseph McClain and Michael Sylvester. McClain is the founder and former CEO of Austin Lyric Opera as well as the founder of San Miguel Opera. Sylvester has sung important roles in the world’s leading opera houses.

The institute’s approach to teaching opera dates back to 17th-century Italy and emphasizes control of natural and organic breathing. It has been credited for prolonging vocal health among music legends such as Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald.

Saturday’s concert will take place at Teatro Ángela Peralta, where tickets are available at the box office.

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