Spring Green’s Caitlin Miller is performing two recitals this month to raise money to attend a summer opera program in Italy where she’s been cast in the main role of the Countess in Mozart’s opera “The Marriage of Figaro.”
Miller, 20, will perform at 1:30 p.m. April 20 in Morphy Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and at 2 p.m. April 27 at Christ Lutheran Church, 237 E. Daley St., Spring Green. The recital program will include selections of Strauss, Barber, Puccini, Mozart and Schubert. Thomas Kasdorf will accompany Miller on piano. Both recitals are free with donations welcome.
Miller, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be attending La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy, and has launched a website to share the details and benefits of the five-week intensive operatic training program; a blog to follow her journey; a resume and bio; a breakdown of the costs associated with the program; a link to donate; and recordings and photos.
“The Marriage of Figaro” is one of the most performed operas in the world. Miller says, “I am honored to have been cast in a main role in the top tier of the program as the Countess. The Countess will provide an amazing challenge that will enrich my education and is a big step in pursuing my dream of becoming an opera singer. My professor, Julia Faulkner, will be teaching at the program. Julia was known for performing the Countess during her career, so I will have the unique opportunity to have the role ‘handed down’ to me. It will be infinitely beneficial for me to be in the country that birthed opera: Italy.”
“Everyone is welcome to come to the recital regardless of if they have the means to contribute,” Miller says. “I hope to reach out to people who seldom hear a classically trained vocalist, and perhaps help to raise the spirits!”