LEWISTON – Up next in the Bates College Concert Series are acclaimed opera singers Kelly Kaduce, soprano, and Lee Gregory, baritone. They will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.

The couple are award-winning rising stars in opera and are in demand on concert and recital stages throughout the United States. Their Bates program includes works by Granados, Debussy and Grieg, as well as operatic arias and duets.

Kaduce is celebrated for her acting ability as well as her elegant, seemingly effortless singing. She has sung leading roles nationwide and in Europe, and also performs in recital and orchestral concerts.

For her creation of the title role in David Carlson’s “Anna Karenina,” which premiered in 2006, Opera News proclaimed Kaduce “an exceptional actress whose performance was as finely modulated dramatically as it was musically. … her dark, focused sound was lusty and lyrical one moment, tender and floating the next.” Also last year, Kaduce won rave reviews for her Boston Lyric Opera debut, in the title role of Jules Massenet’s “Thaïs.”

Gregory is a gifted actor and singer with a beautiful, warm and ringing voice. Boasting a wide and varied repertoire, he is known for his ability to inhabit his characters. Opera News praised his Mercutio in Nashville Opera’s “Roméo et Juliette” as “nearly ideal.”

Gregory’s recent performing highlights include his New York City Opera debut as Moralès in “Carmen” and multiple roles in the Boston Midsummer Opera’s production “The Marriages of Mozart.” A regular performer with American Opera projects, Gregory has collaborated with new playwrights and composers. He added to his musical theater credits with a gala concert with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra celebrating Richard Rodgers’ centenary.

The Bates College Concert Series will conclude March 1 with the popular American roots band The Holmes Brothers.

Admission to the Feb. 9 concert is $10 for adults, $3 for students. For reservations or more information, call 786-6135 or visit abacus.bates.edu/concerts/index.html.


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