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David Portillo Recital: A Margaret King Stanley Vocal Scholarship Benefit
Masterclass with OPERA San Antonio Apprentice Artists:
Saturday, August 28th, 2021 1:00pm-4:00pm
St. John's Lutheran Church
Recital: Sunday, August 29th, 2021 6:00pm-7:30pm
McNay Art Museum (Leeper Auditorium)
6000 North New Braunfels Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78209

David Portillo presents a special masterclass and benefit recital with collaborative pianist Kristin Roach sponsored by the Opera Guild.

About this event

A native of San Antonio and graduate of the University of Texas at  San Antonio, American tenor David Portillo will  present a special benefit recital with collaborative pianist Kristin Roach. This concert is to help generate funding for the new Margaret King Stanley Vocal Scholarship for aspiring young artists sponsored by the Opera Guild of San Antonio. Funds generated from this recital will go towards sponsoring young artists in apprentice programs both locally in collaboration with OPERA San Antonio and abroad. All tickets include access to an optional Masterclass with OSA Apprentice Artists. All audience members will be required to wear a mask during recital and masterclass performances.

Praised by Opera News for “high notes with ease, singing with a luxuriant warm glow that seduced the ear as he bounded about the stage with abandon,” David Portillo has established himself as a leading classical singer of his generation.  Mr. Portillo has been a regular fixture at the Metropolitan Opera, with celebrated performances as Tamino in The Magic Flute, Camille in The Merry Widow, Conte Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, and the Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites, among other roles. “David Portillo was a wonderful Steersman (in The Flying Dutchman), singing with clean, bracing confidence and acting with discretion and taste, once again confirming his status as one of the most reliable and versatile young singers on the Met roster.”(Opera News). His interpretation of Mozart and Rossini operas have also brought his skill to many opera stages around the world including Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Deutsche Opera Berlin, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, UK’s Glyndebourne Festival, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Australia at the Sidney Opera House, and the Wiener Staatsoper. David will be making a debut at The Santa Fe Opera in 2021 as Jonathan Harker in a world premier of John Corgliano’s second opera, The Lord of Cries.

Born in San Antonio, Margaret King Stanley has been a driving force and an inspiration for decades to all in the performing arts community. A staunch advocate for arts education, Margaret has served on numerous boards, including the Opera Guild of San Antonio, San Antonio Symphony League, Metropolitan Opera National Council, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.  For 14 years, Stanley was the host of a weekly radio program, "On Stage with Margaret King Stanley," that focused on the arts through interviews with performing arts celebrities that aired on Trinity University's KRTU-FM. She has also received numerous awards for her professional and volunteer achievements including the Arts San Antonio honor of a Lifetime Service to the Arts.

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Opera San Antonio 

Enjoy free digital experiences for our community as Opera Guild of San Antonio partners with the San Antonio Public Library and Opera San Antonio. “Magic, Mozart & Maestro” focuses on how the magic of opera is brought to life at OPERA San Antonio’s home venue, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Viewers will receive a behind the scenes tour and meet OPERA San Antonio’s staff and artists including Maestro Francesco Milioto who shares his passion for music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The video includes arias and duets from  The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute performed by the Apprentice Artists.