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Opera Bootcamp

Thursday, September 3, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Members & guests–free. Registered attendees will receive an email with a Zoom link the day before the event. To RSVP, please scroll down.

Did you know that you can exercise your brain just by turning on some music? According to one Johns Hopkins otolaryngologist, “If you want to keep your brain engaged throughout the aging process, listening to or playing music is a great tool. It provides a total brain workout.”

A research study out of Italy found people who listened to OPERA music showed an increase in brain wave activity that is linked directly to memory. Music has the power to increase mental alertness, memory, improve sleep, reduce anxiety and pain. Join us as we explore brain power and this distinctly unique form of music with professional Opera singer, Emily Margevich.

Emily Margevich has been performing on stage since the age of two. Chicagoland professional musical theatre credits fill her childhood years, including work at Theatre at the Center and The Bailiwick. Ms. Margevich studied dance, dramatics, and voice for over 15 years at The Academy for the Performing Arts in down state Illinois. She earned both of her degrees (Bachelor of Music 2017, Master of Music 2019) from DePaul University School of Music studying with sopranos Nicole Cabell and Amanda Majeski. While at DePaul, Emily performed leading roles such as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. Emily made her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut in 2017, won first place in the 2018 Kleinman Competition, and after winning the Illinois district of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she went on to win third place in the Central Region Finals in 2019. Last summer, Ms. Margevich played the role of Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with the Janiec Opera Company in Brevard, North Carolina. For the 2019 roster, Emily was the only soprano accepted into the prestigious opera training program, The Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia. At AVA, Ms. Margevich (studies with Luis Ledesma) and has had the privilege of performing opera scenes in their Russian, Winter, and French recitals, performed duets from La Bohème with internationally famous tenor Bryan Hymel, along with singing the role of Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Due to COVID-19, Ms. Margevich had to postpone her plans of performing with the International Opera Academy in Italy, but she is very grateful to be safely back home with her family in Chicago. Ms. Margevich is honored to connect with the Village community to do her favorite thing-share music!


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Thursday, September 3, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Chicago, IL United States
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