Great Performance Series to Feature
Soprano Courtenay Budd April 16
Posted April 2, 2002
HOLLAND -- The Hope College Great Performance
Series will end its season on a high note--literally, when
it welcomes soprano Courtenay Budd on Tuesday, April 16, at
8 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
Experienced in both operas and recitals, Budd has
won critical acclaim and competitions, including the 2001
Young Concert Artists International Audition, which is
helping sponsor her performance.
"One of the fastest-rising young stars on the
American opera stage," is how the "Boulder Daily Camera"
described her. The "Washington Post" called her "touching
and hilarious as an actress, and vocally just right for
Zerlina," in its review of "Don Giovanni."
Budd is a favorite at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A.
in South Carolina, where she has appeared several times.
This year she returns to the festival to premiere a work by
Oswaldo Golijov with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. She
has also performed frequently with Charles Wadsworth on the
Musical Masterworks Series.
Her operatic experience includes Amy in Adamo's
"Little Women" and Lady in Waiting in the first American
staging of Britten's "Gloriana," with Central City Opera.
She has also performed with the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh,
the Atlanta Opera, the Tulsa Opera, Opera/Omaha, and at the
Opera Festival of New Jersey.
"Opera News" has said that Budd has "more color
and volume than the typical coloratura protagonist."
Budd was awarded a grant from the William Matheus
Sullivan Foundation in 2001. She was National Finalist in
the 1998 Metropolitan Opera Auditions, winner of the 1996
Liederkranz Foundation Award, and winner of the 1996 Center
for Contemporary Opera International Competition in New
York, where she also won the Audience Favorite Award.
While in Holland, Budd will visit with children at
Longfellow Elementary school to talk about opera, and will
work with Hope College voice students.
More information about Budd, including sound
clips, can be found at her Web site at
Tickets for the Great Performance Series are $14
for regular adult admission, $12 for senior citizens and $5
for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased at the
theatre lobby ticket office in the DeWitt Center beginning
Monday, April 8. The ticket office is open Monday through
Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5
p.m., and can be called at (616) 395-7890. Tickets will
also be available at the door.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on the College
Avenue at 12th Street. The DeWitt Center is located on
Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.