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Three Guest Artists to Present Master Class
at UW-Eau Claire's Opera Workshop

RELEASED: Jan. 27, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — Three guest artists will present an opera master class as part of the Opera Workshop being held Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Seth Keeton, Minnesota Opera resident artist; Jamie Andrews, education director at the Minnesota Opera; and Angie Keeton, teacher-artist for the Minnesota Opera Education Program, will hold the class, hosted by UW-Eau Claire's Opera Workshop Ensemble, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Seth Keeton, a bass-baritone, and Angie Keeton, a mezzo-soprano, will each sing an aria and work with five students from the Opera Workshop Ensemble in a master class setting. Along with Andrews, they also will hold a question and answer session about making a life in the arts.

Seth Keeton spent this past summer at Glimmerglass Opera. In 2003 he completed an apprenticeship at Chautauqua Opera and went on to perform in a number of different venues. In December 2004 he first sang with the Minnesota Orchestra, and in February 2005, he was a national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He received his bachelor of music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his master of music degree from Indiana University.

Angela Keeton is a graduate of Indiana University's School of Music with both a bachelor's and master's degree in vocal music performance. She has appeared in performances with the Indiana University Opera Theater, Brevard Music Center, the Indianapolis Symphony and other regional orchestra and symphony choruses. In 2003 she received prizes in the Palm Beach Vocal Competition and the Florida Grand Opera Vocal Competition. She has served on the voice faculty at Luther College and continues to teach private students in Minneapolis. During the 2004-05 season, she sang with the Minnesota Opera and will be seen in the Opera's new production of "Don Giovanni" in the 2005-06 season.

Andrews is in charge of inspiring new audiences to opera. He has developed an extensive education program that provides opportunities for students, teachers and adults through in-school residencies, singing internships for high school students, resources for teachers, and adult education classes. Andrews comes to the opera from an education background. With a bachelor of music education from the UW-Eau Claire, he taught band and choir in Minnesota for a number of years.

Interested community members are welcome to observe.

For more information, contact Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour, director of opera and musical theatre at UW-Eau Claire, at (715) 836-3711 or msadeghp@uwec.edu, or visit the Opera Master Class Web page.

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