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Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents 'Opera Roles'

J. Warren Mitchell

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra continues its 79th season, Role Play, with the concert "Opera Roles" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Beverly Everett will conduct the concert.

Recently returned from Germany, award-winning tenor J. Warren Mitchell will perform at the concert. He joins the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra for a program of well-known opera arias and German art songs, a release said. Also on the program is L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2 by Georges Bizet.

Mitchell, a native of Montgomery, Ala., is a lyric tenor. As a competitor in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, he received the Trudy Oliphant Sundgren Young Singer Encouragement Award in 2011, and in 2012, he placed second in the Midwest regional finals.

In 2015, out of 450 singers worldwide, Mitchell won the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg International Opera Competition in Rheinsberg, Germany. His prize was a European debut as Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata. Also that year, Mitchell performed at Bellevue Palace in Berlin for the German president in celebration of the Kammeroper's 25th anniversary season.

In 2016, J. Warren returned to Germany as a two-time winner of the Kammeroper's International Opera Competition and sang the role of Cavaradossi in Puccini's opera, Tosca.

He recently recorded his first CD, "The Aria Album."

Tickets are available with cash or check at the door, in advance at Lueken's Foods North/South, or at Adults are $20, seniors 62 and older are $15, and college students with ID are $10. Students grades K—12 are admitted free. All seats general admission. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Season tickets for Role Play may be purchased for $70 (cash or check) at the door just before the concert, or through the BSO website at, or call (218) 444-7914.