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The City of Elgin presents Elgin OPERA Goes Hollywood!

01/21/2011 – Celebrate with us in grand Hollywood style Elgin OPERA’s 10th Anniversary! Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL 60120 Elgin Opera Goes Hollywood! An Opera Gala Concert of Music Heard in the Movies Sung in original languages with English Supertitles Maestro Francesco Milioto will lead the New Millennium Orchestra, Elgin Choral Union, Elgin Children’s Chorus, and soloists in excerpts from La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, Aida, Turandot, I Pagliacci, Marriage of Figaro, Il Trovatore, Nabucco, Norma, and more. Cast will include: Solange Sior, Soprano (Elgin), Saira Frank, Soprano (Waukesha, WI), Susan Dennis, Soprano (Bartlett), Jonathan Burton, Tenor (Minford, OH), Cornelius Johnson, Tenor (Chicago), Aaron Wardell, Baritone (Chicago), and Ghibong Kim, Baritone (Arlington Heights & Vocal Instructor at Judson University), The conductor, Francesco Milioto, has been named by the Chicago Tribune as ‘one of the best young conductors working in the Chicago area.’ TWINKLE STARS AT THE HEMMENS Preceding the performance entertainment will be provided in the lobby by the youngest members of the Elgin OPERA Training & Performing Ensemble. Elgin OPERA is very proud of its unique Ensemble. The talent and professionalism of these young soloists (8 – 20 years old) will amaze you as they perform music that has been heard in the movies. AN EXCLUSIVE COMPLIMENTARY INVITATION TO MEMBERS OF THE ELGIN OPERA GUILD Members of the Elgin OPERA Guild are cordially invited to the Mayors Champagne Toast and hors doeuvres during the intermission. This is an exclusive event for members of Elgin OPERA Guild! A current Elgin OPERA Guild Membership ID Card is required for the event. Call 847-695-5014 to renew your membership, or download an application from our website at HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR PHOTOS! Enjoy a glamorous photo souvenir of Elgin OPERA Goes Hollywood and support Elgin OPERA at the same time! Elgin OPERA’s Official Photographer, Mike Smith of Photographic Services International, will donate $10 to Elgin OPERA for each $25 raised. Photos will take place in the lobby of the Hemmens prior to the performance and during the intermission. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Elgin OPERA would like to express its gratitude to the City of Elgin, Florence B. & Cornelia A. Palmer Trust, Barbara and Barre Seid Foundation, Bank of America and Villa Verone for their financial support; and e3 design group for its promotional graphic design services. COME AND CELEBRATE ELGIN OPERA’S 10th ANNIVERSARY! Walk the red carpet and join us for a Champagne toast and hors-d’oeuvres. Meet the stars! Talk with the conductor! Have your picture taken! Enjoy the glamour of Hollywood! Black Tie attire optional. To be a part of this elite experience, contact the Hemmens Cultural Center box office at 847-931-5900 or online at (click Make checks payable to City of Elgin/Hemmens. Tickets range from $15 – $35. To contact Elgin OPERA, call the office at 847-695-5014 or email [email protected]. Visit our website at and hear our singers at, including excerpts from our past galas “A Taste of Italy” and “L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour!” For bios and headshots visit our website at

Media Contact:
Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
77 Riverside Drive
Elgin, IL 60120
(800) 217-5362 or (847) 695-7540

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