Kicking-Off the 2021-2022 Season
DANE STARS AS CANIO WITH OPERA MEMPHIS FOLLOWED BY HIS ANTICIPATED DEBUT AS MANRICO AT OPERA IN THE HEIGHTS.
Dane opens his 2021-2022 season in Opera Memphis's season-opening, immersive, new production of Pagliacci alongside Metropolitan Opera soprano Chanáe Curtis. He then made his return to Opera in the Heights in his anticipated debut as Manrico in their season-opening production of Il trovatore. Click below to watch excerpts from the performances!
DANE JOINS SOPRANO ROCHELLE BARD, VIONLIST JOSE CUETO, AND MAESTRO JAMES HARP IN A LIVESTREAMED CONCERT FROM BALTIMORE, MD
Maryland Opera invited Mr. Suarez, Ms. Bard, and Mr. Cueto to the home of Artistic Director Mo. James Harp to perform a stunning evening of live, socially-distanced music to usher in spring. The program featured arias and duets from Madama Butterfly, Werther, Eugene Onegin, Die Walküre, L'amico Fritz, and violin pieces including "Spring" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Click below to watch excerpts of this performance!
DANE JOINS FORCES WITH MEMPHIS R&B SINGER, JESSICA RAY, TO RECORD DAVID FOSTER'S HIT "THE PRAYER"
The new Opera Memphis webseries "Variations on a Theme" will focus on the captivating and dynamic Memphis Music scene, drawing parallels between the various genres that thrive here and the incredible talent within this city. "Variations on a Theme" will be hosted by the endlessly charming Shirley Hill, and every month will feature a rising Memphis star and an Opera Memphis talent to discuss their careers, genres, inspirations, and what connects us all: the power of music.
Episode 1 will feature Memphis R&B princess, Jessica Ray and Dane Suarez. As a special preview, they performed "The Prayer" made famous by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. Dane and Jessica met in December 2020 singing with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.
DANE JOINED OPERA MEMPHIS & WKNO FOR THEIR THIRD THURSDAY BROADCAST CELEBRATING BEETHOVEN'S 250TH BIRTHDAY
Opera Memphis and Memphis's local NPR station (WKNO) have teamed up to air a themed live broadcast on the third Thursday of each month. For November, it was a celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday. Click below to watch Dane perform Florestan's Entrance Aria from Fidelio as well as a Beethoven-inspired piece from Cipullo's Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House with poetry by Billy Collins.
Songs of Love and Longing
DANE JOINS BARITONE JAKE STAMATIS AND OPERA MEMPHIS MUSIC DIRECTOR MICHAEL SAKIR IN A DIGITAL MINI-RECITAL
The Opera Memphis company artists put together a beautiful afternoon of American songs by Barber, Cipullo, Heggie, Blitzstein, and more.
Click below to hear selections from the program.
OPERA NEO PRODUCES A VIRTUAL A VIRTUAL PRODUCTION OF THE MAGIC FLUTE
While the cancelation of Opera Neo's public events (including Dane's debut as Faust) is deeply disappointing, they are creating an online production of The Magic Flute. This pioneering production directed by David Radamés Toro and conducted by Peter Kozma, will feature Opera Neo's talented young artists, all performing from their own homes. The virtual project will not only bring the joy of Mozart’s music into the homes of the San Diego community, but also will offer much-needed artistic fulfillment and a chance for collaboration to its young artists, orchestra members, visual designers, and production staff. Dane will perform the role of First Man in Armour.
OPERA AMERICA BRINGS TOGETHER OVER 100 OPERA SINGERS UNITED IN SONG
Dane joined over 100 opera singers including Matthew Polenzani, Morris Robinson, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Edward Parks, Ailyn Pérez, and Sasha Cooke in a piece by Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell to help provide light to those in and around the operatic community affected by COVID-19.
DANE JOINS STRATAGEM ARTISTS
Founded by Justin Werner in 2018, Stratagem Artists is a boutique artist management company dedicated to representing a select roster of classical singers. They take pride in introducing their clientele to the opera companies, orchestras, and concert organizations of North America.