AN EVENING OF SONG – Vocal Recital with Raphaella Medina & Dashiell Waterbury

AN EVENING OF SONG – Vocal Recital with Raphaella Medina & Dashiell Waterbury

Mezzo-soprano Raphaella Medina and tenor Dashiell Waterbury, in their second appearance for Redding’s Performing Arts Society, will perform a program of vocal music, mixing some of the greatest art song composers of all time with contemporary American songs and musical theater hits.  Some of the composers whose songs will be featured include John Dowland, Giocamo Rossini, Francis Poulenc, Franz Schubert, Andrew Lloyd Weber and Jack Heggie.  Raphaella and Dashiell will be accompanied by pianist Lauren Dillon.  The concert will be held on Friday, July 20, at Redding’s Old City Hall, 1313 Market Street. The performance begins at 7:30. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully accepted.

Raphaella Medina has performed in opera, musical theater, and recitals throughout the United States. During the past season, she made her role and house debut as Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte) with Opera in the Heights (Houston).  Last January, she was announced the winner of Mobile Opera’s Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser Competition. This summer she makes her mainstage debut with Opera Saratoga as a Studio Artist.  Medina has also performed operatic and musical theater roles with the Seagle Music Colony in upstate New York, the University of Houston’s Moores Opera Center and the Florida State University Opera.

Raphaella recently participated in a series of master classes for young singers led by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. She had previously participated in Marilyn Horne’s Carnegie Hall master class series, The Song Continues. She has also appeared as a soloist in the Sing America! touring recital originated by Stephanie Blythe. Later this summer she will be performing in Lehar’s The Merry Widow in the role of Grisette at Opera Saratoga in Saratoga, NY.

 Long familiar to local audiences, tenor Dash Waterbury is a stage director and educator. He has directed and performed across the country and has most recently held the position of interim head of opera at Baylor University.  He earned a graduate degree in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Dash holds a second graduate degree in directing from Florida State University, where he studied acting and theater directing, exploring the American Method and devising theatre techniques.

Dash has assisted and directed for programs that include Wolf Trap Opera, the Shasta College Vocal Institute, Chicago Summer Opera and Opera North (Lebanon, NH). His directing credits include Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, Handel’s Apollo e Dafne, Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and, most recently, Handel’s rarely heard opera Oreste.

The Redding Performing Arts Society is a non-profit organization and a participating member of the Shasta County Arts Council.