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Wings of Love: An Indianapolis Opera Virtual Celebration of Opera

On October 17, 2020 from 7-8:30pm the Indianapolis Opera will present a virtual night of celebration called Wings of Love. The virtual event will feature world-class performers such as Ganson Salmon and Rafael Porto, along with the talented Indianapolis Opera Resident Artists. Performers will sing songs from our favorite musicals and operas. Virtual guests will also have an opportunity to bid on unique and exciting silent auction items, sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg LLP, starting on October 12th and closing at 8:30 pm on October 17th.

The Indianapolis Opera is happy to provide this event FREE to our opera fans and friends. However, we ask each guest to consider making a donation of $250, the cost of an Opera Ball ticket, to support the ongoing programs of the Indianapolis Opera such as the Resident Artists Program.

Supported by the Indy Arts and Culture Restart & Resilience Fund: An Arts Council of Indianapolis program made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Special Guests

  • Ganson Salmon


    Ganson Salmon


    Noted by the New York Times as a "dashing lyric tenor", Ganson Salmon has gained recognition for his "powerful and nuanced" performances in New York City and abroad. This summer, after cancellations due to COVID-19, Ganson participated in Opera Theater of St. Louis' virtual season as a Gerdine Young Artist. Later this season, Ganson will participate in the virtual season held by Ravinia's Steans Music Institute. This year, Salmon went on last minute to make his role debut as Romeo in Romeo et Juliette with Sarasota Opera, where he recently covered the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. Last summer, Salmon performed as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with the Tel Aviv Summer Opera, and Rodolfo in La bohème with the Algonquin Arts Theatre in New Jersey. He also returned to Indiana for special performances of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra. Last season, Mr. Salmon joined Sarasota Opera to sing Pong in Turandot, First Armored Man and Second Priest in The Magic Flute, and to cover Beppe in Donizetti's Rita. He also returned to Pittsburgh Festival Opera for Rodolfo in La bohème. In 2018 Ganson received his Master's in Music from Mannes School of Music, where he performed as Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress, Roderick Usher in Philip Glass' The Fall of the House of Usher, and Anatol in Vanessa. While at Mannes, Salmon also performed Dichterliebe at the Consulate of Germany in NYC. In his hometown, with Indianapolis Opera in 2016, Salmon made his mainstage debut as Mr. Rushworth in the American premiere of Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park, and sang in concerts previewing the world premiere of Richard Clark's Happy Birthday Wanda June. An Italian art song devotee, Salmon was a New York Finalist of the 2016 International Tosti Competition in Ortona, Italy. Summer of 2017 found him in Novafeltria, Italy where he appeared in concerts with Classic Lyric Arts, and returning to Ortona where he studied closely with Rolando Panerai. Ganson's other operatic credits include Rodolfo in La Bohème and Don José in La Tragédie de Carmen with Ball State Opera Theater, the Mayor in Albert Herring and Oronte in Alcina with Napa Valley Music Festival.

  • Rafael Porto


    Rafael Porto


    Praised for his “warm, pure tones,” the Brazilian Rafael Porto is quickly gaining attention as a young bass-baritone. A lover of new works, he most recently created the roles of Guard in David Lang’s world premiere of prisoner of the state with the New York Philharmonic and Putnam in Jake Heggie’s world premiere of If I Were You at the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco. This season Porto returns to Florida Grand Opera to make his role debut of Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and will also perform Bonze (Madama Butterfly), Count Ceprano (Rigoletto), and Geronimo in (Il martimonio segreto.) In the 2018-2019 season, Porto performed as Luther and Crespel (Les contes d’Hoffmann) at Nashville Opera, made his debut at the Northern Lights Music Festival as Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), and performed the roles of Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Johann (Werther) with Florida Grand Opera. Previously at Florida Grand Opera, he performed Capitán (Florencia en el Amazonas) with internationally acclaimed soprano Ana María Martínez and 1st Nazarene (Salome). Mr. Porto made his Lincoln Center debut this past season as Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata with the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York which tours Japan in 2019. Other seasons have included Commissioner (Madama Butterfly), Billy Jackrabbit and José Castro (La Fanciulla del West), and Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Indianapolis Opera and Sacristan and Jailer (Tosca) with Nashville Opera among others. On the concert stage Porto has been guest soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, under the baton of Carl St. Clair; Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music under the baton of Raymond Leppard along with Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion, P.Q. Phang’s A Vietnamese Requiem, Mozart’s Regina coeli, Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Elijah. He is also a frequent recitalist at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Mr. Porto has participated as a Young Artist at The Glimmerglass Festival, Apprentice Artist at the Merola Opera Program, Young Artist at La Musica Lirica, and a Studio Artist at Florida Grand Opera. Mr. Porto was named a Grand Prize winner of the National Orpheus Vocal Competition in 2016 and was a finalist at the prestigious Eleanor McCollum Competition of Houston Grand Opera. He has been a winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions twice at the district level and went on to win an Encouragement Award as a Regional finalist. He has worked under the baton of Christopher Allen, Emanuele Andrizzi, Timothy Myers, David Effron, Arthur Fagen, Paul Nadler, Joseph Rescigno, Ramón Tebar, Dean Williamson, and Alberto Zedda; and has worked with directors Chris Alexander, Garnett Bruce, Jose Maria Condemi, E. Loren Meeker, Candace Evans, John Hoomes, Peter Kazaras, Julia Pevzner, and Bernard Uzan. Mr. Porto holds received his education from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and Butler University in Indianapolis.

  • Indianapolis Opera

    Resident Artists

    Indianapolis Opera

    Resident Artists

    The Resident Artist program focuses on developing young artists through a complete training experience. IO resident artists present operatic performances and education experiences throughout Indiana and in neighboring states. Pianist: Sky Haneul Lee A recent graduate of the University of Southern California where she studied Keyboard Collaborative Arts. A prizewinner of the NSAL Instrumental Music Competition and Instrumental Competition of Romantic Music, Lee received the KCA Ensemble Award, KCA Department Award, and Gwendolyn Koldofsky Scholarship while at USC, and she collaborated extensively with USC Thornton Opera. She also holds a degree in Piano Performance from Indiana University where she served as an Associate Instructor and a collaborative pianist at IU String Academy. Recently, she has spent her summers at Pittsburgh Festival Opera and Musiktheater Bavaria in Germany as a Collaborative Pianist Fellow. Tenor: Joseph McBrayer Originally from Dallas, Georgia. He has notably performed as the tenor soloist in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem as well as Alfredo in La Traviata, Woz (The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), and Tamino (Die Zauberflöte). Recently, he was invited to be a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in both the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Mr. McBrayer previously performed with Capitol City Opera and The Atlanta Opera while earning his BM from Kennesaw State University, then he continued on to Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music for his MM studies. Soprano: Hayley Lipke She has been praised for her “fire” and “vocal drama.” This spring, Lipke gave life to Violetta in Zambello’s production of La Traviata under the baton of Arthur Fagen with IU Opera. At the Jacobs School of Music, Lipke earned her BM and MM in Vocal Performance and entertained audiences as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Gertrud Mutter (Hänsel und Gretel), and Rosalba Montealban (Florencia en al Amazonas). Praised as an “outstanding soloist”, Hayley has performed as the soprano soloist in numerous works and continues to gain recognition in major competitions in the operatic repertoire, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Indiana District. Baritone: Ian Murrell Ian is a native of Vandalia, Illinois and has been praised for his "Powerful, resonant baritone" and "commanding stage presence" by Indiana Public Media. He is an up-and-coming singer with stage experience in opera, musical theater, operetta, and oratorio. Ian graduated with a Masters degree from Indiana University, where he was seen as Belcore in The Elixir of Love, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Harry Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life, and Ned Keene in Peter Grimes with IU Opera Theatre. Ian is an alumnus of the Chautauqua Opera Company, Aspen Music Festival, and Asheville Lyric Opera Young Artist Programs. Mezzo-Soprano: Madison Montambault Madison has demonstrated versatile performance ability across her operatic repertoire, which includes the Old Lady (Candide), Bradamante (Alcina), Carmen (Carmen), Madame de Croissy (Les Dialogues des Carmélites), and Dorabella (Così fan tutte). She made her professional debut with Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings as Mrs. Williamson in David Lang’s The Difficulty of Crossing a Field and was recently seen as Muley’s Wife in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath with Michigan Opera Theatre. Most recently, she debuted with Sarasota Opera as a member of their Apprentice Program. A native of Ann Arbor, MI, Madison holds a BM and MM in Voice Performance from The University of Michigan.

Wings of Love Committee

Event Co-Chairs:
Jessica Feigenbaum
Elizabeth Cannon

Silent Auction Co-Chairs: 
Patti Curran
Arnold Hanish
Nancy Thompson

Design and Printing:
Stacy Gibson
Printing Partners

Janet Arnold
Mark Chestnut
Kevin DeFord
Claudette Einhorn
Garry and Louise Fredericksen
Jamie Gibbs and Paco Argiz
Jane Gradison
Muffi James
Matt Mindrum
Derek Rippe
Jackie Salmon
Silvana Schuster
Betsy Smith
Ponce Tidwell