Copeland and Rodionova to perform at Sunday Afternoon Concert Series

Rachel Copeland

BELLEFONTE — Rachel E. Copeland, assistant professor of music at Penn State, continues to receive acclaim as a “revelation with her coloratura soprano leaping easily to impossible heights!”

She is a sought-after artist combining her crystalline voice with her compelling and energetic stage presence.

Ms. Copeland recently debuted at Avery Fisher Hall as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass to rave reviews.

Other career highlights include the Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Cleveland Opera Theater, Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen with San Diego Opera, Micaela in Peter Brook’s Le tragedie de Carmen with Indianapolis Opera, and Woglinde in Wagner’s Das Rheingold and first nymph in Dvorak’s Rusalka . In addition to the operatic stage, Ms. Copeland has been praised for her “elegant and smooth tone” in oratorio and symphonic works, including appearances with Apollo’s Fire, the Helena Symphony (MT), and the Choral Society of Durham (NC).

Pianist Svetlana Rodionova has captivated European and American audiences with her unique blend of artistry and skill.

Svetlana Rodionova

After earning her doctorate from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. Svetlana performed numerous solo recitals and chamber concerts both in St. Petersburg and on officially sponsored tours of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

In 1992, she emigrated to Barcelona, Spain where she was professor at Escola de Musica Virtelia. Svetlana and her husband, Matt Patton, divide their time between State College and Barcelona.

She has performed solo recitals, concertos, and chamber music throughout the country. She has appeared as a soloist with the Nittany Valley Symphony, Music at Penn’s Woods, and the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra.

Both Copeland and Rodianova will be performing during the Bellefonte Sunday Afternoon Concert Series at Trinity United Methodist Church, 138 W. Howard St., on Sunday, April 7 at 4 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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