“VoiceLab” Concert Series Continues Arizona Opera and MIM Partnership

Tickets on Sale August 8; Acoustic Series of 5 Diverse Vocal Concerts at MIM Music Theater

 [Phoenix, Arizona] (July 29, 2013) –The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) and Arizona Opera continue their partnership to present “VoiceLab,” a series of five concerts offering an intimate, artist-driven exploration of stories in song in the 300-seat MIM Music Theater during the 2013-14 season beginning Sunday, October 27.

 This diverse five-concert series combines performances by celebrated vocalists who will fill the acoustically superb venue with their personally selected programs representing their favorite characters in song. These shows are always acoustic and unplugged and feature a variety of vocal music genres including not only works from the classical realm but rock, pop, jazz and musical theater.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Arizona Opera in the 2013-14 season,” said Lowell Pickett, artistic director of the MIM Music Theater. “The VoiceLab series will take full advantage of MIM’s intimate theater while treating guests to a fresh selection of classic pieces and newer beats for a memorable experience.”

 “Artists who routinely appear with Arizona Opera are skilled collaborators who work with conductors and stage directors to tell the story of a single character over the course of a two to three hour evening,” said Ryan Taylor, general director, Arizona Opera. “The ‘VoiceLab’ is an opportunity for a handful of these amazing musicians to drive their own artistic experience, spinning the audience through a series of characters’ stories from 45 seconds to several minutes in length. Anything is possible in these shows, with songs from Beethoven to the Beach Boys, all in one evening.”

Sunday, October 27, David Portillo en Español with Allen Perriello on Piano
Portillo performs an exuberant program of entirely Spanish-language tunes with Perriello, Arizona Opera head of music staff, at the piano. Portillo is an accomplished tenor from San Antonio, Texas, and has recently appeared with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Seito-Kinen Festival in Japan. Mr. Portillo appears courtesy of the CALA Alliance and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Opera News says, “Tenor David Portillo scored high marks and high notes with ease, singing with a luxuriant warm glow that seduced the ear as he bounded about the stage with abandon.”

Sunday, November 3, Ryan McKinny with Kim Pensinger Witman on Piano
Dashing bass-baritone McKinny and director of Wolf Trap Opera Witman at the piano will present a musical exploration that captures the spirit of VoiceLab—shuffling works that honor the 200th birthday year of Verdi and Wagner. This concert combines their own works and those they influenced directly with popular song from Pink Martini and Johnny Cash. McKinny appears hot off the heels of big debuts at the Houston Grand Opera, Metropolitan Opera and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. Ms. Witman appears courtesy of the Wolf Trap Opera Company. Opera News says, “Tall, handsome….…his lyrical bass-baritone voice drips with gold.”

Sunday, December 8, Holiday Soundtrack
Artists of the 2013-14 Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio
Celebrate the season with your favorite classics at “Holiday Soundtrack!” Followed by a delicious spread of cookies and milk following the performance, this is a feast for all the senses and a treat for music lovers of all ages! This popular holiday performance features Arizona Opera’s Studios Artists, Andrea Shokery, Beth Lytwynee, David Margulis, Nyle Matsuoka, Chris Carr and Calvin Griffin.

Wednesday, January 29, Corinne Winters & Zach Borichevsky with Allen Perriello on Piano
Experience the palpable chemistry of Zach Borichevsky and Corinne Winters who star in the title roles of Arizona Opera’s La Bohème. A couple both on stage and off, these dynamic singers are nationally acclaimed and perfectly embody the finest of the next generation of American opera talent. In recent seasons, Borichevsky appears with Santa Fe Opera, Glyndebourne Opera and Finnish National Opera. Winters has been heard with Opera Hong Kong, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and English National Opera. BBC Music Magazine says “Winters delivered a performance of white­-hot intensity and consummate control, acknowledged by spontaneous applause after many arias and roaring approval at her curtain call.” And The Classical Reviewsays, “Zach Borichevsky was equally robust vocally and cut a tall, dashing figure as the tortured Matteo.”

Wednesday, March 5, Amber Wagner & Angela Fout with Allen Perriello on Piano
Two impressive opera heroines take the MIM stage for the final 2013-14 VoiceLab concert. Wagner is a winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finals and was featured in the documentary film “The Audition.” Fout has enjoyed success both nationally and abroad in varied repertoire from the Baroque to Contemporary. Both divas make their home in Arizona, and will shower the audience with a powerful performance designed to blow the roof off the theater! Wagner is featured with Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera. Fout has been heard with New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera and Theatre St. Gallen in Switzerland. The Chicago Sun Times says, “The music just poured naturally from [Wagner] at all times, whether in mournful or soaring sections. Like her character at opera’s end, she is going places, and currently they appear to have no limit.” The Post and Courier says, “Angela Fout, blonde and vivacious, with a soaring spinto voice that takes a high C easily, trills beautifully, and handles coloratura like a dream.”

Calendar Details:

What: Arizona Opera presents “VoiceLab”

Where: MIM Music Theater, located in the Musical Instrument Museum

 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101).


 David Portillo en Español & Allen Perriello, Oct.27, 2013, 2 p.m.

 Ryan McKinny & Kim Pensinger Witman, Nov. 3, 2013, 2 p.m.

 Holiday Soundtrack! Dec. 8, 2013 2 p.m.

 Corinne Winters, Zach Borichevsky, & Allen Perriello, Jan. 29, 2014, 7 p.m.

 Amber Wagner, Angela Fout & Allen Perriello, March 5, 2014, 7 p.m.

 Price: $15‒$30 for all shows except Holiday Soundtrack!, where tickets are $25-$40 and include post-refreshments.

 Tickets: To purchase tickets, call 480.478.6000 or visit MIM’s ticket office in person or online at


 About MIM

 The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches the world by collecting, preserving and making accessible a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. We offer our guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming and exceptional musical performances. MIM also fosters appreciation of diverse cultures around the globe by showing that we all innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music– the universal language.

 About Arizona Opera

Arizona Opera elevates the transformative power of storytelling through music – cultivating community, and strengthening a state and people as adventurous and diverse as the place they call home. Founded in Tucson in 1971, Arizona Opera serves multiple communities in Arizona.

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