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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Mike Heitmann (upcoming Episode 55)

In a few days, I'll be posting my interview with Michael Heitmann. Make sure to watch for that!

In the meanwhile, I must let you all know that Mike is the head of an organization called OperaMuse.

We talk about OperaMuse a lot in the coming interview, but, briefly, OperaMuse takes opera from the stage into intimate performance settings, for example, living rooms. They also perform exclusively in English, so everyone can follow along.

They have a couple performances coming this weekend and next, so make sure to check them out!

Here's a few details on that production:

La Bohème
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at 7:30 P.M.
13820 SE 5th St. Bellevue, WA 98005

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/182293992328547/
Reserve your seat at: https://www.groupmuse.com/events/5534-operamuse-la-boehme-bellevue

La Bohème
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at 7:30 P.M.
3626 Woodland Park Ave N, Fremont, Seattle, WA

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/279247982588193/
Reserve your seat at: https://www.groupmuse.com/events/5525-boheme-at-the-fremont-haus

Follow OperaMuse on Facebook at: https://facebook.com/operamuse
and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/operamuseseattle/

And here's a little more about Michael:

Website: http://www.michaelheitmann.com/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/MichaelHeitmannbassbaritone

Michael Heitmann has recently performed throughout the Pacific Northwest for opera companies like Seattle Opera, Tacoma Opera, Opera Coeur d'Alene, Puget Sound Concert Opera and Northwest Opera in the Schools, Etc.... Roles include Don Pedro de Hinoyosa (La Périchole), Papageno/Sarastro/Narrator (The Magic Flute), Coyote/Frog/Tayil (Our Earth) Prince Pablo (Cinderella en España), Rambaldo Fernandez (La Rondine), Ben (The Telephone), Hortensius (The Daughter of the Regiment), Bello (La fanciulla del West), Spalanzani (The Tales of Hoffmann - The Doll Act), and Sir Tristan Mickelford (Martha). He's also been a soloist for Opera On Tap - Seattle. 

A regular concert and recital performer, he recently debuted his new recital Love in the Time of Tinder for The Exposition Concert Series and Classical Music Nights at Cafe Racer. He has performed solo recitals entitled In Times of War and Murica, as well as duet recitals Heroes and Villains, Tale of Three Cities, and Low Riders for GroupmuseHe's also been a soloist in Fauré's  Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven's Symphony no. 9, Schubert's Mass in G Major, and J.S. Bach's Johannes-Passion, as well as BWV 56, 145, 158, and 203.

In 2017 Mr. Heitmann founded Operamuse, a series through Groupmuse. Operamuse produces hour long adaptations of operas and secular cantatas in modern English. As the Artistic Director, he music and stage directs the productions, as well as writes the libretti for shows that aren't originally in English. The mission of Operamuse is to engage new audiences to opera by breaking down stereotypical barriers and making it more mainstream through modernizing the production. In 2017 he wrote and directed The Marriage of Figaro, co-directed the show and performed as Reverend Olin Blitch in Susannah, and is currently directing and performing as Colline in La bohème.

A deleted scene from the interview is going to be available for everyone very soon at https://patreon.com/singerreise. Think of it as a preview of good things to come. :)

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