The fall semester of 2009 brings a record number of new freshmen majors into the department. These new students, combined with the demand for private voice instruction at Xavier have provided the opportunity to hire two new adjunct faculty in voice. They are Maria Ventura and Scott Wyatt.
Maria Ventura, mezzo-soprano, is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Ventura received a BM from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music and an MM from Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois in Voice Performance. She has taught on the voice faculties of the University of Dayton, Miami University in Ohio, and Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal Ill. Ms. Ventura is a seasoned performer appearing in leading mezzo-soprano roles with various European and American opera houses and orchestras. Companies include, Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera, Florida Opera, Kentucky Opera, Miami Opera, Prairie Fire Theatre, Flanders Opera in Belgium, Opera Barga in Italy, Amsterdam Opera in Holland, and Staatstheater Kassel in Germany. Most notably, she performed four years with the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium. Operatic roles included Charlotte (Werther), Ruggiero (Alcina), Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Cenerentola (La Cenerentola), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress), Mistress Page and Dame Quickly (Falstaff), The Mother (Amahl), as well as others. Ms. Ventura has appeared as soloist for Cincinnati May Festival under Robert Shaw (Handel’s Messiah) and James Levine (Verdi’s Ernani). She has sung with the Dayton Bach Society (B Minor Mass) and on Belgium National Radio, (The Diary of One Who Disappeared) with Theatre de la Monnaie.
Tenor, Scott Wyatt has sung with many of the leading opera companies and symphonies throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Some of which include, Paris National Opera, The Singapore Symphony, The Zwingenberg Music Festival of Germany, Santa Fe Opera, Washington D.C. Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Virginia Opera, Long Beach Opera, and many more. Highlights have included such engagements as singing the title role in Mozart’s “Idomeneo” opposite Carol Vaness at the San Diego Opera. On just one week’s notice, Mr. Wyatt was flown in to take over for an ailing Jerry Hadley. He received a heralding review from Opera News Magazine and several other international opera reviews. Other performances of note include Mitch in Austin Lyric Opera’s “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Luigi in The Aspen Music Festival’s “Il Tabarro,” Max in The Schlossfestspiel Zwingenberg’s production of Weber’s “Der Freischutz,” and three years in a row performing as tenor soloist with the San Diego Symphony. Engagements there include several sold out performances of Handel’s “Messiah,” The “Mozart Requiem,” and Sharp’s “Proud Music of the Storm.” Mr. Wyatt has had the privilege of covering some of the world’s most renowned tenors including Marcello Giordani, Jerry Hadley, Chris Merritt, and the late Gosta Winbergh. Mr. Wyatt and his family now live in Cincinnati, Ohio where he is working towards a DMA in the Vocals Arts from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and teaching as a Professor of Voice at Northern Kentucky University.
Students who are interested in studying private voice lessons may register via the portal. Lessons cost $250 per semester for a half hour lesson per week (.5 credit) or $500 per semester for a full hour lessons (1 hour credit).