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(Lake Charles, LA – November 10, 2014) – Mezzo-soprano, Erica Papillion-Posey described as “…a living tribute and testimony to the memory of the great Ms. Marian Anderson, the legendary opera superstar and African-American trailblazer [Denver Weekly News] will return to roots performing jazz in her native Louisiana this December.
On the heels of her return to the Miami Lyric Opera, where she reprised her signature role in Bizet’s Carmen which was hailed as, “… the best Carmen this city has seen in decades” [El Nuovo Herald], Ms. Papillion-Posey will head to Lake Charles, Louisiana to close out the year with a performance in Jazz in the Arts Black Tie Dinner Gala and Silent Auction on Sunday, December 21, 2014.
“I am excited to return to the bayou, closing my musical year as it began making music with friends in Louisiana. It will be a joy to present a program of jazz, my first musical love, to area aficionados.” Ms. Papillion-Posey remarked, “It has been a treat to collaborate with Jazz in the Arts. This will certainly be an event to remember.”
All proceeds will benefit Jazz in the Arts, a non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana. The mission of Jazz in the Arts is to promote, preserve, perpetuate, and encourage the music, arts, culture, and heritage of communities in Louisiana through festivals, programs, and other cultural, educational, civic, and economic activities. Also to promote the development and education of Jazz music in all its varieties, create opportunities for children and adults to develop talents in all aspects of Jazz entertainment, and provide support, encouragement and recognition to the youth of Southwest Louisiana pursuing higher education in Jazz studies.
“I have had the pleasure of performing with Erica previously in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Erica is a phenomenal performer.” Chester Daigle, Chairman and Founder of Jazz in the Arts commented, “The bridge Erica creates between opera and jazz is excellent. This will be an awesome experience for the Lake Charles area and I am looking forward to the performance.”
The Jazz in the Arts Black Tie Dinner Gala and Silent Auction will be held at the Jane Lafitte Room of the Lake Charles Civic Center (900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601) on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6:00pm. Individual tickets are available for $65.00. Please visit http://www.jazzinthearts.com/upcoming_events.html for more information.
A complete list of Erica Papillion-Posey’s events follows, and additional information may be found at www.epapillionposey.com.
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.
Press release available in .pfd: Erica Papillion-Posey to perform at the Jazz in the Arts Black Tie Dinner Gala and Silent Auction