Opera Connecticut returns to Hill-Stead’s Sunken Garden with its cadre of talented sopranos, tenors, mezzos, and basses, for an evening of favorite selections from operas old and new. Tonight features soprano Lauren Nash Silberstein and baritone Chai-lun Yueh.
Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic.
6 pm Gates open
6:30 pm Performance begins
Rain Date: Tuesday, August 20
In-person tickets | $20 per person
Seating is limited and we strongly advise attendees to purchase tickets in advance. Any available tickets sold at the gate will be by credit card only.
Lauren Nash Silberstein, soprano, was most recently seen as a Young Artist with The Ohio Light Opera in 2019 and 2020 as Lavinia in Perchance to Dream, Cinderella’s Mother in Into the Woods, and Julie Jordan in Carousel. Lauren recently earned a Master’s Degree from Eastman School of Music. In Fall 2019, she portrayed Little Red in “Little Red’s Most Unusual Day” with Rochester Fringe Festival. Performances with Eastman include the academic premiere as Soprano 1 in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Tibetan Book of the Dead and Franca Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza. Both of these roles were coached with the composer themselves. She portrayed the Dew Fairy in Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel. With TCO Lauren has also been seen as a member of the ensemble of Sweeney Todd and La Traviata. She portrayed Yum-Yum in Binghamton University’s production of The Mikado. With Opera Saratoga, Lauren has been seen as second spirit in Die Zauberflöte and ensemble for The Mighty Casey and HMS Pinafore. Awards include placing in The Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition in 2020, The Mendelssohn Club (Albany) Joel Dolven Scholarship Award in the Intermediate Division (2018) and First Place of the NATS Eastern Region Conference in 2017 and 2014. She has been the soprano soloist with orchestra for Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and both Fauré and Rutter Requiems. During the months of COVID-19 quarantine, with the troupe Where the Good Songs Go, Lauren made the first recordings of four forgotten early musicals.
Chai-lun Yueh, baritone, is an award-winning artist, an exciting and dramatic baritone with a rich and powerful voice, a music director and voice educator. He is the first Chinese-born classical musician to receive a Grammy nomination, a winner of Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions of New England Region, a finalist at the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition, and a grant recipient of New York Women Composers.
Mr. Yueh’s recording of “24 Italian Songs and Arias”, Bel Canto of the 17th and 18th centuries, has won the Prestige Music Awards of Gold in 2012 and the Global Music Awards (Award of Excellence, Male vocal, classical) in 2013. “Infinite Time”, a collection of the best and well-known Chinese art songs from the early-mid 20th centuries, also received the Gold Award from The Prestige Music Awards in 2013.
After graduating from the Central Conservatory of Music of China with the highest honors, Mr. Yueh received his Artist Diploma and Master of Music degrees from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. He continued his advanced studies with Mrs. Marlena Malas, one of the greatest voice professors in the nation, at The Julliard School and Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
Over the last two decades, Mr. Yueh has worked closely with many distinguished artists, directors and conductors. He has portrayed leading roles in opera such as Tonio, Rigoletto, Giorgio Germont, Escamillo, Marcello, Sharpless, Count Almaviva. His voice has been heard at The National Opera of China in Beijing; Austin Lyric Opera, Baltimore Opera, Connecticut Opera, Hawaii Opera, and Opera Theater of Connecticut among many others. As the baritone soloist, Mr. Yueh has performed at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Chicago Symphony Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, The Strathmore Music Hall in Washington DC, Jordan Hall in Boston, Woolsey Hall at Yale University. Mr. Yueh has also performed in Europe including Vienna, Salzburg, Paris and Prague.
Currently he is teaching at Wesleyan University and Trinity College; Serving as Chairman of the Concert Committee and Board of Director with CONCORA, Connecticut’s premier professional choir; Music Director of Connecticut Women’s Chorale; Artistic Director of Kang Hua Singers of Greater Hartford. He has been actively giving Vocal Recitals, Master Classes and Vocal Workshops in the United States and China including Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Boston, Beijing and others.