Midwest Opera Theater presents ‘Another Sunrise’ on April 23 at Judson University
The Midwest Opera Theater and Judson University’s Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts will present Jake Heggie’s “Another Sunrise” on Saturday, April 23. This solo opera is based on the life of poet, writer and Holocaust survivor Krystyna Zywulska, who survived the Holocaust and imprisonment in Auschwitz.
It will begin at 7 p.m. at Thulin Auditorium at Thompson Hall, 1151 N. State St. in Elgin.
Internationally renowned soprano and guest vocal artist at Judson University, Dr. Maria Kanyova will perform this moving 30-minute opera. She will be accompanied on the piano by Dr. Robert Kania, chair of the Judson University Department of Music and Professor of Piano Music.
Critics hailed Maria Kanyova as an extraordinary singer-actress. Robert Trussell of the Kansas City Star wrote of his portrayal of Pat Nixon, “His voice could stop time.” Throughout her long performing career, Maria has performed principal roles with the Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera and New York City Opera, as well as many other prestigious opera companies. A voice teacher and celebrated soprano, Maria is currently an associate professor of voice at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a guest vocal artist at Judson University. Recently, she brought together her passion for singing and voice teaching in her creation of the Midwest Opera Theater, a mobile opera company, www.midwestopera.com. Here she is committed to giving young singers and members of the community performance opportunities with seasoned opera professionals and bringing these collaborations to cities and places where opera would not normally be performed. . August 2019 marked the Midwest Opera Theater’s first season. This year marks its return, hosted by Judson University after a hiatus from opera production during the pandemic months.
Dr. Robert Kania, originally from Poland, has performed as a soloist and piano recital accompanist on three continents: Europe and North and South America. Her recent appearances include performances at the Wexford Opera Festival in Wexford, Ireland; the Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland; Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois; and Berea College in Berea, Ohio. He studied with such distinguished masters as Sequeira Costa, Andrzej Tatarski and Jack Wonerock. Through these masters, Dr. Kania’s teaching line goes directly back to Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin. Dr. Kania has taught piano, music theory, auditory skills and orchestration at Judson University since 1998. He is also artistic director of the Judson Civic Orchestra.
Maria Kanyova and Robert Kania are married and have four children.
This performance of “Another Sunrise” is free, but it will be possible to make a charitable donation to World Vision for Ukrainian Child Relief after the performance through a voluntary donation.