Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul Pursuit & Love of Opera, Tuesday, May 28, 6:30PM, The Village at White River Junction

Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul Pursuit & Love of Opera

Tuesday, May 28, 6:30PM

The Village at White River Junction, Miller Stage, 101 Currier St, WRJ, VT


THE QUEEN OF SOUL PURSUIT & LOVE OF OPERA is a conversation and recital that examines Ms. Franklin’s legacy and her love of opera. While she is most well-known for her gospel and soul recordings, Franklin’s voice and talent also extended to opera.

Jarvis Green is a director, performing artist, and cultural worker from Anderson, SC. He moved to Vermont in 2011 from New York City & founded BarnArts Center for the Arts in Barnard, VT in 2012. He is the Founding Producing Artistic Director of JAG Productions and the former Director of Theatre Arts at ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret, VT. Jarvis received his training at the prestigious Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, as well as South Carolina’s Anderson University and Governor’s School for the Arts. Jarvis has developed work with: The Public Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Village Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Capital Playhouse, BarnArts Center for the Arts, ArtisTree, Northern Stage and NCCT. In 2017, Jarvis accepted the New England Theatre Conference’s (NETC) Regional Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre on behalf of JAG Productions — in recognition of sustaining theatrical excellence.

Soprano Tiffany Abban has performed in both North America and Europe in a diverse repertoire including Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Offenbach, Heggie, and Purcell. Abban began her studies at Interlochen Arts Academy and continued at The Juilliard School as well as The Curtis Institute of Music. Lauded for her unique and beautiful instrument, she has been awarded grants and honors, including the George London Award in memory of Leonie Rysanek, and First Place in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, amongst others.

Barrington Lee (Bass-Baritone) has been captivating audiences across the world — from his 2012 international operatic debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin in Prokofiev’s L’amour des trois oranges to his 2018 musical theater debut as Jud Fry in Oklahoma! at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts. This 2018/19 season Mr. Lee will make his debut as Jud Fry in Oklahoma! at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, he will perform in an invitation-only concert presentation as Noel/Bum/Grandpoppy Ralph/Overeaters in Mary & Max (a new musical by Bobby Cronin) at The Mary Rodgers Room, and his debut as King Arthur in Camelot with Charlottesville Opera.

Don’t miss the WRIF Gala and screening of Amazing Grace on Friday, May 31st at the Barrette Center for the Arts to continue the celebration of The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.


JAG Productions
5 South Main Street/PO Box 354, White River Junction, VT 05001
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