Bursts of Joy

Bursts of Joy

July 6, 2016
7:00 PM | King Street corner of the Capitol Square
Featuring Kitt & Alli Foss

Concert Highlights

SMITH  |  Star Spangled Banner
DELIBES  |  Flower Duet from Lakme
MASSENET  |  Va laisse Couler mes larmes
LOWDEN  |  Armed Forces Salute
TCHAIKOVSKY  |  1812 Overture

Kitt Foss Biography
Wisconsin-born mezzo soprano Kitt Reuter-Foss made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Second Lady in The Magic Flute under the baton of Maestro James Levine. Ms. Reuter-Foss returned to the Met for La Traviata, Falstaff, Le Nozze di Figaro, the world premiere of The Ghosts of Versailles, and the house debuts of Rusulka and Death in Venice.

Ms. Reuter-Foss has sung with many opera companies throughout the United States including Atlanta, Cleveland, Boston, Portland, Milwaukee, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Madison, and many others. Ms. Reuter-Foss made her international operatic debut with the New Japan Philharmonic under the direction of Seiji Ozawa (The Magic Flute).

Ms. Reuter-Foss' operatic repertoire includes the roles of Carmen, La Cenerentola, Rosina, Isabella, Despina, Dorabella, Nicklausse, Cherubino, Hansel, Stephano, Suzuki, Maddelena, and many others. Her symphonic engagements have taken Ms. Reuter-Foss throughout the United States including performances with orchestras in New York, Milwaukee, and many others. Her repertoire includes Verdi Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Israel in Egypt, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Mahler's 2nd Symphony, Mozart's Requiem and Mass in Cminor, Bach's Magnificat and Mass in Bminor.

Ms. Reuter-Foss was a Metropolitan Opera National Auditions Winner in 1990, and has been the recipient of many other national vocal awards including the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Award. Ms. Reuter-Foss was the recipient of the first annual Alumni Achievement Award given by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music for her accomplishments in vocal performance. Ms. Reuter-Foss holds two degrees in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin.

Equally at home performing jazz and musical theatre, Kitt has shared the stage with jazz greats, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Sidran, and Richard Davis to name a few. She sang the lead role of Mrs Anna in Rogers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" and regularly includes broadway and American standard repertoire on her recitals. She was a studio singer recording with rap artist Bow Wow and her voice can be heard on many commercial and studio recordings.

As a coach/clinician, Ms. Reuter-Foss' love for teaching has taken her to universities and conservatories throughout the U.S. Kitt has performed as guest artist and led master classes in Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, New York, Illinois, Nebraska, Colorado, and Iowa and Kansas. As a private voice teacher for more than 25 years, Kitt has trained many young singers to become college voice majors and music lovers for life. Her connections with both her students and their families continues long after they move on to new stages of life.

Alli Foss Biography
Alli is thrilled to be singing again with WCO! A Madison native,  Alli graduated from Verona High School, got her dance training at various studios around Madison, was a frequent player with the Children's Theatre of Madison (under the music direction of her dad, Scott Foss) and learned how to sing in her living room in Verona from her mom, Kitt Reuter Foss. Alli has returned to Madison professionally as a guest artist with the Four Seasons Theatre company as Nellie in SOUTH PACIFIC (opposite Tom Wopat), the University of Wisconsin Band Show and WCO in both Concerts on the Square and their Halloween spectacular. Alli is an actor both regionally and nationally (whose?) favorite credits include MAMMA MIA in Las Vegas (Sophie u/s perf), Kathy in Michael John LaChiusa's LITTLE FISH with B-Sides theatre company off-Broadway in New York City and Kim in SHOWBOAT at the Music Theatre of Wichita. In addition to being an actor, Alli just released her first solo album with pianist Addison Frei called Holocene. Alli currently lives in New York City with her husband Patrick and their daughter Joni. www.allifoss.com.