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Ptak holds opera concert at St. Patrick’s in LaSalle

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 1:00 p.m. CDT

LASALLE — Operatic soprano, Sara Ptak of Peru, daughter of Ann Leydon-Ptak and Mark Ptak will give a vocal recital, A Celebration of Song, at St. Patrick Church, 725 Fourth St., at 7 p.m. Aug. 22. She will perform three song cycles by composers Albon Berg, Claude Debussey and Samual Barber as well as two Franz Schubert lieder. Admission is $10.

Ptak received a Master of Vocal Performance from Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal last spring. Her accompanist, Daniel Schlosberg, has been Artist in Residence at Notre Dame University since 2005.

On stage,Ptak sang the roles of Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel,” Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni,” Susanna in “The Marriage of Figaro,” Juno in Montiverdi’s “L’Orfeo,” Drusilla in “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” and Mystery in Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen.”

She has studied and performed with the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Aspen Opera Theatre Center in Colorado and Music nelle Marche in Urbania, Italy. Last summer, she studied German art song in Austria at Franz Schubert Institute. This summer she performed at the Toronto Summer Music Festival and the St. Andrews Opera Workshop in New Brunswick. Before attending McGill University Ptak was a graduate of St. Bede Academy and received a bachelor of arts degree from DePaul University.

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