In partnership with the University of Central Florida Burnett Honors College, Opera Orlando will present a talk titled Having a Voice – On Stage and at the Table with acclaimed soprano and arts administrator Cecilia Violetta López, renowned conductor and non-profit founder lucrative Stephanie Rhodes Russell, Burnett Honors College Dean Sheila Pineres, with a special virtual appearance from entrepreneur, author and speaker Molly Bloom. The conversation will focus on women leaders on and off stage in the arts world. This event will be free and open to the public.

Ms. López and Ms. Rhodes Russell will be in Orlando for rehearsals of La Traviata which will begin October 29 at the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Directed by Stephanie Rhodes Russell, the production draws on the life and experiences of Molly Bloom, who at 26 ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game, became an FBI target and lost it all. . Violetta, the main character in La Traviata played by Cecilia Violetta López, and Bloom come to terms with their life choices and navigate their questionable circumstances with a moral integrity that makes the opera‘s tragic end all the more heartbreaking.

“Since we have two dynamos running our production of La Traviata both on stage and in the pit with Cecilia and Stephanie, we wanted to find a way to showcase their impressive careers as both performers and entrepreneurs” , says Gabriel Preisser, general manager of Orlando Opera. “It was an added bonus for us to involve Molly Bloom whose unique and dramatic life story served as the inspiration for our updated version of La Traviata.”

“Burnett Honors College and UCF are delighted to partner with Opera Orlando to show what can be accomplished when women are empowered,” said Burnett Honors College Dean, Dr. Sheila Piñeres. “BHC enthusiastically supports academics in pursuing their dreams in various disciplines, including the arts.”

The event will take place at the UCF School of Music’s rehearsal room at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 22. The event is free and open to the public. Parking available for customers in garage I (capital letter “i”), no parking card required.

Keeping safety as a top priority in presenting its 2021-22 season, Opera Orlando continues to monitor the progress of COVID-19 and vaccination plans linked to the virus. The Company remained in consultation with its partners and healthcare sites to implement an appropriate and comprehensive plan focused on protecting and reducing the risk of infection for members of the public, distribution and production teams, staff. and volunteers.

RSVP to this event via https://www.facebook.com/events/395054402224881, and stay up to date with the upcoming Opera Orlando season and planning online at www.OperaOrlando.org. Season ticket subscriptions for Opera Orlando on the MainStage are on sale now. Memberships are sold through the Bill & Mary Darden Box Office at the Dr. Phillips Center (445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando), online at www.DrPhillipcsCenter.org, or by calling (407) 839-0119, ext. 0.

Season ticket packages are also available for Opera Orlando on the Town. Call (407) 512-1900 or visit www.OperaOrlando.org for “On the Town” subscriptions. See you at the Opera!


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