FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Miami, FL – October 16) – Mezzo-soprano, Erica Papillion-Posey described by the El Nuevo Herald as “… the best Carmen this city has seen in decades” is returning to the Miami Lyric Opera to perform her signature role of Carmen in November.
Recently named a semi-finalist in the Paris Opera Awards, Ms. Papillion-Posey has enjoyed a busy year headlining a recital tour entitled “Souls of the Soil” in collaboration with Clayton G. Williams. Now, the prolific mezzo-soprano is busy developing a groundbreaking new concert series; the first of which, The Salon, Reimagined Tour, will debut in 2015 and will be performed throughout Europe and the United States.
In her final operatic performance of 2014, Ms. Papillion-Posey will be appear in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen in the concert version presented by Miami Lyric Opera on November 8, 2014 with Philip Alongi as Carmen’s jilted lover Don Jose, Giancarlo Brunet at the toreador, Escamillo, and Roseanne Ackerley as the dutiful Micaela.
Ms. Papillion-Posey made her professional North American debut in the role of Carmen with Miami Lyric Opera in 2013 where the South Florida Classical Review raved that she“…. captured Carmen’s slinky sexiness, radiating allure and trouble… She had the vocal power to sing a soft, seductive “Habanera” in a hall-filling, rounded voice, lingering over the phrases as the men in the square watched. She snapped off the Spanish-style ornaments of the “Seguidilla”, and was especially compelling in the lower register, where Carmen’s sultriness comes through.”
“I’m overjoyed to be returning to the vibrant, intense Miami sun with Miami Lyric Opera where I made my national debut of Bizet’s gypsy vixen Carmen.” Ms. Papillion-Posey noted. “To have been so well received upon my initial debut makes this return particularly meaningful. Any opportunity to revive such a striking, definitive, sensual character is always thrilling. I never cease to find new and interesting insights into her psyche.”
Performances of Bizet’s Carmen will be held at Pinecrest Gardens (11000 South Red Road, Miami, Florida 33156) on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8:00pm. Tickets for general admission are $33.00 and are now available for sale. Please visit www.miamilyricopera.org for more information.
A complete list of Erica Papillion-Posey’s events follows, and additional information may be found at www.epapillionposey.com.
Miami Lyric Opera Bizet: Carmen (title role)
Jeff Eckstein, conductor
Philip Alongi (Don Jose); Giancarlo Brunet(Escamillo);Roseanne Ackerley(Micaëla)
Lake Charles, Louisiana
St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church presents “Souls of the Soil”
In collaboration with Clayton G. Williams
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Jazz in the Arts
Chester Diagle, piano; Jay Ecker, upright bass; James Bill, drums;
Silvia Hankins, percussion; Jeff Simon, guitar
About Erica Papillion-Posey
In 2013, mezzo-soprano Erica Papillion-Posey made her professional North American debut in what has become her signature role of Carmen, where she, “…. captured Carmen’s slinky sexiness, radiating allure and trouble… She had the vocal power to sing a soft, seductive “Habanera” in a hall-filling, rounded voice, lingering over the phrases as the men in the square watched. She snapped off the Spanish-style ornaments of the “Seguidilla”, and was especially compelling in the lower register, where Carmen’s sultriness comes through…” [South Florida Classical Review]. After being hailed as, “… the best Carmen this city has seen in decades” [El Nuovo Herald] the Miami Lyric Opera has engaged Ms. Papillion-Posey for another performance of Carmen in November 2014.
Following sold out performances in Louisiana and Colorado, Ms. Papillion-Posey most recently embarked on a European recital tour entitled Souls of the Soil in collaboration with baritone, Clayton Graves Williams. The overwhelming popularity of the program, which features an eclectic array of American music, compelled the duo to schedule additional performances throughout Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, and New York during 2014.
In 2010, Ms. Papillion-Posey made her international operatic debut as Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica at the Tuscia Opera Festival, under the baton of maestro Stefano Vignati. The demand for her “wonderful voice… full of grace and sensuality” [El Nuevo Herald] and her fierce commitment to character keeps European audiences coming back for more. Memorable European performances include the title role of Carmen, the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte both with the TusciaOpera Festival, Annina in La Traviata with Teatro Kizmet Opera, and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro with Siena Opera.
Stateside, Ms. Papillion-Posey’s notable roles include her portrayal of Princess Akara in the world premiere of The Lady or the Tiger, an adaptation of Frank Stockton’s beloved short story by composers Cherise Leiter and Leanna Kirchoff. Ms. Papillion-Posey’s “purely exciting and rich voice” [Arte & Musica Magazine] was also featured as Babain The Medium, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, and in the title role in The Rape of Lucretia.
A prolific concert artist and recitalist, Ms. Papillion-Posey’s repertoire includes performances of Handel’s Messiah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater under the direction of Timothy Léon in Tarquinia, Civita di Bagnoregio, Castilione, Capranica and Ronciglione in addition to several solo recitals.
Most recently, Ms. Papillion-Posey was named a semi-finalist in the Paris Opera Awards. Last year, Ms. Papillion-Posey was named a Continuo Arts, Milton Cross Young Artists Winner after being named the organization’s Rising Star Young Artists Winner in 2012. Other accolades and awards include first andsecond place winner of the Vocal Arts Competition of Colorado, respectively in 2005 and 2006, International Lyric Academy of Rome e Viterbo Award, AMICI of Denver Scholarship, Dante Alighieri Music Scholarship Competition, Jeff Bradley Music Scholarship Fund, E. Stoddard Young Endowment Scholarship, Stratton Faulhaber Scholarship, Coulter Norbloom Scholarship Grant and Joseph Docksey Career Development Fund Award.
Ms. Papillion-Posey earned a Master of Music degree and Advanced Certificate in Vocal Performance (both with honors and distinction) from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music. She also holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Metropolitan University of Denver. She currently studies with renowned mezzo- soprano Grace Bumbry.
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