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Welcome Back To Feature Local Opera Talent

OSWEGO, NY – Our community has an opportunity to attend this once in a lifetime Welcome Back concert featuring young singers who may have performed in Oswego while teenagers and are now college students studying music.

The Oswego Opera Theater is presenting Welcome Back, on November 11 at 2:30 p.m. in Waterman Theatre at Tyler Hall on the SUNY campus.

Kirk Dougherty
Kirk Dougherty

Six performers are graduates of Oswego High School and another eight are performers who have musical connections with the Opera Theater.

Some of the performers are young singers who are now professionals who have been on many stages throughout the world and all are coming to Oswego to share their talents with us.

Kirk Dougherty is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a Master of Music and Performer’s Certificate in Voice.

His professional training includes resident artist programs, summer programs and festivals. He was an apprentice artist at Central City Opera, a principal artist at Oberlin in Italy and performed at the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria.  Kirk has a vibrant career in concert and opera throughout the U.S. Critics acclaim his ‘ringing clarity,’ ‘exceptionally beautiful tenor’, and ‘limitless iridescent instrument’ which make him a versatile singer and actor.  His repertoire comprises over 30 roles in standard opera, modern opera and beyond.

He has worked with many professional organizations and opera companies, such as, Utah Festival Opera, Salt Marsh Opera, Opera Saratoga, Opera Louisiana and the Grand Canyon Music Festival.

Kathleen Magee
Kathleen Magee

Kathleen Magee, soprano, has consistently caught the attention of critics with her “sparkling characterizations and her sweet singing.”

Her long list of performances: LaRondine, Le nozze di Figaro, La Traviata, L’Elisir d’amore, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Patience, Little Women, The Glass Blowers, I Pagliacci, Orlando Paladino, Old Main and the Thief, La Cenerentola, Alfred, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, Die Zauberflote, Gianni Schicch, The Pirates of Penzance and Fidelio. Her solo concert roles have included Bach’s Cantata No.199, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, Coronation Mass, Exultate Jubilate, Poulenc’s Gloria, Rutter’s Magnificat and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major.

Kathleen has received many awards including being a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Chicago.  She received a BA degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Music from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and her Master of Music degree in voice from Northwestern University.  Ms. Magee is originally from Livermore, Calif. and currently lives in Syracuse.

Danan Tsan
Danan Tsan

Danan Tsan’s musical career includes a five year stint in the Soldiers’ Chorus of the US Army Field Band, three years fronting a rock band in Baltimore, and her own solo rock career in New York City.

A classically trained graduate of The Eastman School of Music, Danan and her family live in Syracuse where she is enjoying her time as a stay at home mom while continuing to pursue her passion for music.

She has gotten involved in the local theater scene, starring as Philia in Appleseed Productions, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and the Witch in NATC’s, Into the Woods.

Danan is also on the roster of the Syracuse Opera Chorus and leads the choir and writes and arranges music for The Dream Freedom Revival, a local musical theater/political action performance troupe.

Sarah Hasegawa
Sarah Hasegawa

Sarah Hasegawa is pleased to return to the Oswego Opera, having last appeared as Grandma in Little Red’s Most Unusual Day and as Elizabeth in Never Tickle a Mule.

Sarah often sings with her father, John Davies, a distinguished operatic baritone, in special appearances to open up the operatic world to young people through educational programs that have been put on by companies, symphony orchestras and children’s museums.

On Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Oneida Public Library located on 220 Broad Street in Oneida, both Sarah and her father will make a special appearance in Over the River and through the Woods, a potpourri of American popular songs for the season.

Sarah Davies Hasegawa, a resident of Hamilton, NY, currently runs Kindermusik programs for preschool children in Hamilton and the Oneida Public Library. She is an accomplished soprano, who has sung at the library in Warriors of Madison County and on the library’s literacy radio show Escapade.