Fox Valley Lyrical Productions, formerly Soirée Lyrique, will hold a benefit event at 10 a.m. Aug. 18 at First United Methodist Church in Elgin, following the last installment of the "Proverbial Opera" series presented at 9 a.m. by the Rev. Rick Carlson.
Singers featured during the event include mezzo-soprano Karen Archbold of Wheaton, soprano Wendy Cotton of Carpentersville, tenor Nicholas Metzger of Elgin, bass-baritone Jim Hinton of Elgin and Artistic Director and soprano Solange Sior of West Dundee.
Young Artist Program vocalists set to perform include Julia Smitendorf, 14, of Lake in the Hills; and Blake Buczkiewicz, 15, of Huntley. Pianist Jonathan Besancon of South Elgin will accompany the singers. While listening to the singers, audience members can enjoy refreshments and view auction items.
The group is asking for donations only.
“We are in need of donations to help us in the production of a series of professional concerts and to provide training and performing opportunities to our Young Artist Program,” Sior said. “Part of the mission of Fox Valley Lyrical Productions is to educate, encourage, challenge and develop aspiring singers in the classical vocal field and expose the audience to the interesting stories of the operas.”
Fox Valley Lyrical Productions also accepts donations at www.foxvalleylyricalproductions.org or checks can be sent to Fox Valley Lyrical Productions, 326 Wilcox Ave., Elgin, IL 60123.
The final highlights of "Proverbial Opera" will feature Hinton, Archbold and Solange Sior in the trio “Soave sia il vento” from the Mozart opera “Cosi fan tutte.” The 9 a.m. service is broadcast on the radio at 11 a.m. on WRMN (1410AM).
The benefit is made possible by the support of Carlson and the First United Methodist Church in Elgin at 216 E. Highland Ave.
• SOLANGE SIOR, soprano
Founder and Artistic Director of “Soirée Lyrique NFP,” Sior is a former winner of the Canadian Music Competition and winner of the National Bel Canto Competition, as well as finalist of The Metropolitan Opera National Council. She has performed with various organizations in the Midwest and in Canada, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florentine Opera Company, Light Opera Works, Lincoln Opera, Chamber Opera Chicago, Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Elgin Choral Union.
At the prestigious Shaker Mountain Music Festival, she performed three continuous years and sang the lead roles of “Marguerite,” “Suor Angelica” and “Manon.” She sang “Mimi” in “La Bohème” at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy. She has performed the roles of Madama Butterfly, Violetta, Musetta, Pamina and Fiordiligi.
Last season, Solange served as stage director and producer for Soirée Lyrique’s productions of “Die Fledermaus” and “Tosca,” as well as singing the lead role of “Rosalinda.” She is the recipient of the 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for the Arts and received Elgin’s 2010 Image Award for 10 years of accomplishments as artistic director of Elgin Opera.