Opera Institute of California
The Opera Institute of California is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the awareness, appreciation and understanding of opera as an art form across all segments of our local community and beyond. The Opera Institute of California was born of the work, career and dedication of Mme. Rose Senerchia-Kingsley, International Opera Singer. Mme. Senerchia-Kingsley recognized a growing unfulfilled demand for more information about and access to opera, including opportunities for students to experience opera in a theater setting and to attain more comprehensive training than simply vocal training, both as members of the audience and on stage as performers. This demand combined with Rose's enthusiastic love for the operatic art form led to the decision to establish the Institute in its present form.
Organized in 1996 in Monterey California, the Institute was both incorporated and granted exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service pursuant to Section 501c3 in 1998. Responding to the need of the majority of its's singers the Institute now has it's headquaters in San Jose, California. The Institute has produced several Master Classes, conducted numerous public performances and has a growing outreach program.
What is the Opera Institute of California about? It is about the people in our community and beyond who love to sing and have dreamed of being involved in opera. It is about developing the vocal skills of these people to their greatest potential, and providing the opportunities for them to share the fruits of their efforts with the community. It is about giving everyone a chance to develop and display their talents without discrimination. It is about holding the bar high with regard to professionalism and staying true to the intent of each composer when preparing an aria or an entire role. In the end, it is about dreams, mixed with hard work, effort and dedication, that become reality when the music starts.
Rose Baum Senechia has been teaching voice in California since 1995. Mme. Senechia received her formal training at Juliard, studying both voice and dance. She began her career in ballet and has performed with the American Ballet Theatre and the Royal Ballet in London. She first appeared with the Metropolitan Opera as a ballerina; however, her love of singing led her to focus her talents on opera. In fact, she is the only ballet dancer to perform with the Metropolitan Opera Company and then return to the stage as an opera singer.
As one of the world's outstanding sopranos, she has performed roles throughout the United States and abroad. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Avery Fischer hall, Allice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, the Boston Pops, Garden States Art Center, Houston Grand Opera, and with the Orlando Opera Company, to name a few.
In addition to opera, she has performed in other settings, including the National Anthem in the Houston Astrodome, the National Democratic Convention, and with Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Vic Damone and others. Mme. Senerchia has also performed in London for Prince Charles and in the United states for President George Bush and Mrs. Bush, and President Clinton.
Today she is one of the leading opera voice teachers in America and has been responsible for identifying and developing numerous artists. As the Founder and Director of the Opera Institute of California, Mme. Senerchia effectively and passionately carries on her life's work.
The Opera Institute of California is graced to have Mr. Charles Riecker as Co-Artistic Director. Possessing decades of experience at the Metroploitan Opera, an incomparable knowledge of operatic scores and a genius for coaching and directing singers, he is one of the prime forces shaping our efforts.
Charles Riecker retired from the Metropolitan Opera in the spring of 1997, leaving behind a remarkable career, which spanned four decades and encompassed several key management postitions including Artistic Administrator, Tour Director and Artistic Liaison. In Addition he worked closely with the development and execution of television and recording projects. Mr. Riecker's association with the Metropolitan Opera continues as he adjudicates for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
A gifted pianist and skilled linguist, Mr. Riecker is now in demand as a lecturer and coach. The Manhattan School of Music has recently added him to its faculty and he is a frequent guest speaker at the Israel Vocal Atrs Institute and the Auditions Project in New York. He has recently been responsible for establishing and directing Mexico City's SIVAM Young Atrists Program. He also gives Master Classes at the international School of Performing arts in Pennsylvania, New York's DiCapo Opera, Marymount College, The University of Maryland and the University of Oklahoma. Mr Riecker has taught at the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Opera Theatre International(OMTT) in New Jersey.
Maestro Riecker will be conducting Master classes as well as individual coaching sessions with singers at the Opera Institute of California.