Renowned soprano Andrea Anelli ‘83 will take the stage in the Bates Hall Hayden Auditorium on Friday, April 27 to present Hiram’s anticipated John M. Watson Memorial Concert “Opera R(E)volution.” Anelli’s performance will give the audience a taste of opera and its historic evolution throughout the centuries. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.
Anelli went from creating her first business Cleveland Opera Theater and performing a semi-staged showing of “La Boheme” at Beachwood Middle School in May 2007 to starring in “Tosca” at the Cleveland Performance Arts Center nine years later. Moving forward, Anelli created her second company ContempOpera Cleveland with the goal to give composers of the modern era a voice, through new and innovative ways to enhance the craft of opera.
Anelli has starred as Blanche in Andre Previn’s “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Mimi in “La Boheme,” and will be seen as a Mary Chesnut in the one-woman show “Mary Chesnut” opening this June, with the location to be announced.
Anelli has been credited with making opera affordable and accessible to all interested in Cleveland. She has been featured on Cleveland Business Connects Magazine and is a past recipient of the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Award.
For more information, contact Millerll@hiram.edu