Savannah VOICE Festival Coming August 2024

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The Savannah VOICE Festival 2024, now in its twelfth season, is set to take place from August 8th to 18th, 2024, at various venues in the Savannah area. This year’s theme, “Homecoming,” focuses on the festival artists, audiences, and the city of Savannah itself.

Dates and Locations

The festival will feature 11 days of concerts, recitals, opera, musical theater, and more. Over 25 performances will be held at a variety of venues, including the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Asbury Memorial Church, Christ Church Episcopal, Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts, and many others.

Performers

Just a few of the notable performers include:

  • Maestro Sherrill Milnes: Sherrill Milnes is celebrated as the foremost operatic baritone of his time, known for his powerful voice, stage presence, and rugged charm. He was a prominent figure in the world’s top opera houses, collaborating with renowned artists such as Domingo, Pavarotti, and Sutherland. Milnes, a three-time Grammy Award winner, holds the record for the most recordings by an American singer during his era.
  • Maria Zouves: Maria Zouves is an accomplished educator, director, producer, and writer. She serves as the President of the Sherrill Milnes VOICE Programs and the Savannah VOICE Festival, both of which she co-founded with her husband, Sherrill Milnes. She has also recorded under the VAI label. Notably, she has directed concerts in the VOICE Programs, co-directed the new SVF opera commission, and recently directed Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre in Prague. Furthermore, she co-directed Le nozze de Figaro with Sherrill Milnes in Prague and Salzburg as part of Prague Summer Nights.
  • Anna Farysej: A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York, is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Music in Warsaw. She has upcoming engagements, including her debut as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Warsaw Chamber Opera. Recently, she sang in Il giovedi grasso and Il campanello di notte at the Warsaw Chamber Opera and reprised the role of Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at the Castle Opera in Szczecin. In previous seasons, she portrayed various roles, improving her vocal skills through participation in master vocal and interpretation courses led by renowned vocal authorities
  • Leah Huber: An outstanding soprano who recently completed her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. Her favorite roles include Bubikopf, the maiden, and Le feu/Le rossignol in CMU’s productions of Viktor Ullman’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. Previously, she earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Louisiana Monroe, appearing as Cunegonde and Christine Daaé in its productions of Candide and The Phantom of the Opera. 

Composer Jodi Goble’s work will be performed, and the festival will also feature performances by Savannah Opera, presenting productions such as “The Pirates of Penzance” and “Sanctuary”.

Accommodations

The McMillan Inn, located in the downtown historic district, offers a convenient location within walking distance of many of the festival performances, including Christ Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church, and Green Meldrim House.

The Savannah VOICE Festival 2024 promises to be a celebration of the power and beauty of the human voice, showcasing a diverse range of musical performances.

Check the official website for more information.