One of the many featured performances slated to take place at 12:00 p.m. during the International Festival is a special appearance by Soprano Rebecca O-G Eaddy and Tenor Tyler Bouque, presented by the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan. These talented performers will be accompanied by pianist Dearbhla Collins.
Soprano Rebecca O-G Eaddy is currently the Coordinator for YArts Detroit, the humanities branch of the Boll Family YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. She has also held administrative positions with EMU Bright Futures 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program and most recently served as the Great Lakes Regional Specialist for Audience Development for SphinxCon, the Sphinx Organization’s’ national conference focused on issues surrounding diversity and inclusion in the arts. Rebecca is also a vocalist and holds degrees in voice performance from both the University of Michigan and Bowling Green State University. She has appeared in the roles of Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Madame Goldentrill from Mozart’s “The Impresario,” Annina in Verdi’s “La Traviata” and has most recently covered the role of Clara in Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” with New York Harlem Productions’ Winter 2015 tour in Switzerland, the Netherlands and France.
Tenor Tyler Bouque, a sophomore at Troy High School, has been studying voice for nearly six years. After beginning his training with the Michigan Opera Theater Children’s Chorus, Tyler now studies with Drake Dantzler at Oakland University. An avid composer in his free-time, Tyler hopes to follow music as a career path and dreams of writing music for film someday.
The Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan, founded in 1988 and based in Canton, MI is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting the development of young opera singers, and to fostering appreciation of the music of Giuseppe Verdi and other composers of opera and popular music for the theater. Another goal of the Verdi Opera includes the promotion of goodwill and friendship through music, for everyone's enjoyment and cultural enrichment. Through the years, the company's opera presentations, exhibits, and performances in theaters, at cultural organizations - including the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Opera House, social clubs, schools, restaurants, civic centers and public parks - have delighted thousands of audience members.
Don’t miss these talented performers on the Heritage Park Amphitheater Stage at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 in beautiful Heritage Park, located adjacent to Canton’s Administration Building, west of Canton Center Road between Cherry Hill Road and Summit Parkway. For more detailed information about this year’s International Festival and all things related to Canton’s Liberty Fest, visit www.cantonlibertyfest.com or call 734/394-5460.