The Cincinnati Opera partnered with Saint Ursula students recently for an amazing creative experience. Emmy award winning opera soprano Adrienne Danrich spent a week as artist-in-residence at Saint Ursula with her This Little Light of Mine High School Residency. The focus of the residency was to inspire and nurture young singers through masterclasses, rehearsals and a collaboration with Danrich for a performance of the piece.
Danrich kicked off her week with a master class for SUA students interested in vocal performance. She shared some tips and tricks for auditioning and performing professionally. Danrich's advice was welcomed by the young performers who were thrilled with their experience. She also performed a song from Madame Butterfly with the girls.
Danrich continued her work with more SUA students and girls from the surrounding community in a series of sessions. Students joined in as the choir, soloists and orators as part of the This Little Light of Mine program.
This Little Light of Mine was developed and presented by Danrich as a musical tribute honoring the ground-breaking careers of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price. Danrich’s storytelling ability, the beauty of her voice, and poignant multi-media images, creatively document the lives of these two internationally renowned artists. These historically significant and amazingly talented singers overcame many barriers; in the Jim Crow era, through the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Two courageous women, two incredible voices and one unforgettable hope filled story.
The week wrapped up with a performance by the students and Ms. Danrich at Saint Ursula. Thanks to the Cincinnati Opera for this incredible opportunity.