OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Opera Theater is presenting Welcome Back, a concert celebrating young Opera and Musical Theater talent who call Oswego their home.
It will be performed in Waterman Theatre at SUNY-Oswego’s Tyler Hall on November 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Three of the six Oswego High School graduates who will be performing include: Meghan Phillips Thompson, Tyler Spicer and Nichole Weigelt.
Phillips Thompson’s music education background includes, SUNY Oswego, Boston University School of Fine Arts, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
She began her professional experience with the Oswego Opera Theater as a lyric coloratura soprano in productions of La Boheme, The Magic Flute, The First Wise Man, and Hansel and Gretel.
In competitions, Meghan auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera (2006), was a finalist in the Jenny Lind Competition (2000), in the MTNA Division Competition (2000), and in the Civic Morning Musicals Division 1, ages 22-27 (1999).
She finished in first place in the College Women MTNA Regional Competition (1999), in the Advanced Division in the Central NY Regional NATS (1999), in the College Women in the MTNA Regional Competition (1998) and in the Senior Women for Central NY Regional NATS (1998).
She has been a soloist in churches in New York and Boston, and has been a Choir Director in North Carolina and with Oswego County Children’s Choir, 1998 – 1999.
Spicer is a student of Musical Theatre at Syracuse University. He has sung with the Syracuse Oratorio Society and is the tenor soloist at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Dewitt.
He has recently performed the lead role in a feature length film titled, “Impossible Choice.”
He also can be seen doing cabarets and has been touring with Syracuse Stage in their performance of “A Thousand Cranes.”
Weigelt, a mezzo-soprano, holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Fredonia.
She has sung roles at the Manhattan School of Music (La Vida Breve and Penelope), the Lyric Opera of New York (Cendrillon), The Opera Theatre of St. Louis (Carmen, and The Death of Klinghoffer), the Chautauqua Institution (Dr Rosenkavalier; Ghianni Schicchi; Le Nozze di Figaro; Eugene Onegin; L’enfant et les Sortileges), the Hillman Opera in Fredonia (Hansel and Gretel and The Magic Flute).
Weigelt has also sung lead roles in Riders to the Sea and in Suor Angelica.
She also has appeared as a soloist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (Coronation Mass-Mozart), Bach in the Heights (Weihnachts-Oratorium, Magnificat-Bach) The Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia (Pulcinella-Stravinsky) and with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra (Magnificat-Bach, Theresienmesse-Haydn).