“Unleashing Your Inner Opera Fan” returns Thursday, December 1, opening its 2022-2023 season. The Unleashing Your Inner Opera Fan series consists of multimedia presentations with live Berks Opera Artists, about 60-80 minutes long. The presentations begin at 7pm and are led by Berks Opera’s Education and Outreach Director, David Richie.
Admission is $20 for adults and seniors, $15 for students and young people under 30. Payment at the door by cash or check.
VISA/MC/PayPal payments can be made by using the “Donate” button on the BerksOpera.org website.
Featured Opera: Kevin Puts’s The Hours
Featuring Mary McCormick, soprano and James Damore, piano
Presentation Title: “Who’s Afraid of Modern Opera”
Presentation Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022, 7PM
Location: Residence of Stephanie Rawden and Mark Ratcliffe (address will be given when reservations are made)
Call Berks Opera at 484-752-2462 or email [email protected] to make reservations or with questions. Thank you to our Unleashing sponsor Fox Theatres for continuing to support these programs!
Soprano, Mary McCormick, is an active singer in the Berks County area and beyond. She was most recently seen as one of the soprano soloists on a concert of German baroque music with Opus One: Berks Chamber Choir. This past year, Mary had a number of exciting opportunities, including singing for Bradley Cooper’s new biopic film about Leonard Bernstein, “Maestro”, which will come out in the fall of 2023. She also sang Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis as part of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, alongside the Philadelphia Orchestra, to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall. “The sopranos had the stamina to sing the seemingly endless sustained high notes with both vitality and beauty…”(New York Classical Review).
Upcoming engagements include singing the soprano solo in Finzi’s In Terra Pax, opposite Grammy nominated baritone, Johnathan McCullough, with Opus One this month. She will also be the soloist for The Reading Pops Christmas concert. In the spring, Mary will play the role of “Maria” in the Sound of Music with The Artist Crossing/CW 76ers.
In addition to classical and choral singing, Mary regularly fronts the swing band, The Let’s Dance Orchestra and has a steady job as a church musician. She also maintains a private voice studio.
When Mary isn’t singing, she trains and sells imported Connemara ponies via her business, McCormick Sport Ponies and enjoys hiking with her husband and pup.