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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-04-23

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Magical Debut

Basso with Detroit ties sings "Flute."

our family will be singing for this
highly prestigious, national opera
company," said Sally Soverinsky. "Not
ewish opera basso Warren
only will we all attend opening night,
Kaplan will have his own
but our family will be represented at
local cheering section when
all six performances."
he makes his Detroit area
Denise Kaplan, who works in sales
singing debut in Michigan Opera
and marketing for national corpora-
Theatre's production of Mozart's The
tions, met her husband when he audi-
Magic Flute Saturday, April 24, at the
tioned for a singing group involved
Detroit Opera House. The light-heart- with a soft drink company. Married
ed opera opens MOT's spring season
for six years, they have a daughter,
and continues for six performances
Annie, 4.
through May 2.
Warren Kaplan, 40, whose grandfa-
Kaplan, a Chicago native with a
ther was a singer and songwriter, start-
music degree from Northwestern
ed performing in a high-school chorus
University, will play the dual roles of
and gradually acquired a classical and
the second priest and the second man operatic repertoire. He has appeared
in armor, singing duets
with several regional opera companies
with a tenor and reciting
throughout the
speaking lines. He won
United States. He
the job after auditioning
also assists in High
for MOT General
Holiday services at
Director David DiChiera
various synagogues
last fall.
and does voice-over
"It's an honor to sing
roles for national
with MOT and a great
radio and TV com-
opportunity to work with
mercials.
a tremendous director
DiChiera describes
[Joshua Major] and con-
The Magic Flute as
ductor [Stephen Lord],"
one of Mozart's
said Kaplan. (The national
most beloved operas
Opera America organiza-
— part fairytale, part
tion now ranks MOT
morality play and
among the top 10 opera
pure entertainment
Warren Kaplan
companies in the United
for everyone." Flute
States.)
was Mozart's last
Kaplan's wife, Denise, is
opera, finished just
a Birmingham Groves High School
two months before his death at 35 in
and University of Michigan graduate
1791.
and the daughter of Sally Soverinsky
Leading roles will be performed by
of Bloomfield Hills. They will lead a
Polish bass-baritone Robert Gierlach
contingent of excited family members
as Papageno, the fun-loving bird-
and friends to the opera house on
catcher and soprano Nicole Heaston as
opening night.
Princess Pamina.
Sitting in the audience will be Sally's
The other two productions in
husband, Dr. Lou Soverinsky, an ama-
MOT's spring season will be The
teur singer who has appeared in
Pirates of Penzance, May 9-16, and The
Congregation Shaarey Zedek produc-
Pearl Fishers, June 5-13. ❑
tions; Denise's father, Bob Levy, and
his wife, Kathy, of Southfield; Denise's
The Magic Flute will be per-
sister and brother-in-law, Dana and
formed 8 p.m. Saturday, April
Joel Ishbia of West Bloomfield; Sally's
24; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25;
sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28;
Dr. Ronald Schmier of Birmingham;
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April
their daughter, Katy, a U-M student;
30-May 1; and 2 p.m. Sunday,
Sally's mother, Rita Rubin, of
May 2, at the Detroit Opera
Southfield; and other family members
House. $23-$110. (313) 237-
and friends.
SING or (248) 645-6666.
"We're all thrilled that a member of

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