Houston, TX (August 30, 2018) – The Houston District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) announces a benefit recital featuring Sofia Selowsky, mezzo-soprano, and Bethany Self, piano, to be held at First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Road, Houston, TX, 77024, on Sunday, October 14 at 2:30 pm with a reception following. Admission is suggested at $25.00. Ms. Selowsky will perform a variety of arias from Mozart, Strauss, Rossini and DeFalla. Proceeds will be used towards prizes for the winners of the annual MONC Houston District Auditions in January, 2019. For reservations call 713-970-7112.
Praised by Opera News as a “silvery-luminescent mezzo-soprano of power and poise,” Sofia Selowsky is quickly establishing herself as an exciting artist on both the operatic and concert stage. This past season, Ms. Selowsky sang with the Houston Ballet in its production of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, the Lexington Philharmonic for performances of Dominick Argento’s Casa Guidi, and the North Carolina Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem. Additional debuts included her return to the Houston Grand Opera to make her role debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Mercedes in Carmen at the Atlanta Opera. This summer, she joined Des Moines Metro Opera for their production of Jonathan Dove’s Flight, performing the role of the Stewardess. Future performances include the title role in Agrippina with Ars Lyrica Houston, Handel’s Messiah with the Kansas City Symphony, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Charlotte Symphony. Ms. Selowsky is a graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
Bethany Self, the accompanist, currently serves as Artist Teacher of Opera Studies at Rice University. Previously she was on music staff for eight years at Houston Grand Opera, where she was an assistant conductor and principal coach for main stage productions.