Highlands' Bel Canto

On September 10, the popular Bel Canto Recital will celebrate its 25th anniversary.  And this year the concert will welcome a fifth singer – a Bass.  

Traditionally, the concert has had four performers – a Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor and Baritone.  Adding the lowest of all vocal ranges will be an extra treat for the audience.

Bel Canto was founded in 1992 by Richard Joel, a lifetime opera supporter who auditioned over 3,000 opera singers for the Metropolitan Opera.  Joel – and now his family – have been long-time residents of the Highlands community.  His gift of Bel Canto to this town has been immense.

For the past 24 years the concert has raised over $500,000 to support all the music education programs in Highlands.  Beneficiaries include the Highlands School, the Highlands Community Child Development Center, and the Gordon Center, in addition to The Bascom Permanent Collection.  

Speaking of celebrations, returning this year by popular demand are last year’s four world-renowned singers:  Soprano Sarah Jane McMahon, Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Nordin, Tenor Jon Jurgens and Baritone Christopher Clayton.  Joining them is the robust and resonant Bass Tyler Putnam.

Directed by internationally-acclaimed opera singer Stella Zambalis and accompanied by masterful pianist Stephen Dubberly, the recital will feature not only opera but Broadway favorites as well.  And continuing with past tradition, the concert will be followed by a wonderful dinner held at Highlands Country Club.

For more information about the Bel Canto Recital or to get on the mailing list, please call (828) 787-1463.