Christine Amon attended her first opera when she was a freshman at Grand Valley, seeing Opera Grand Rapids’ production of “La Traviata.”
“Not only did I fall in love with the story, but the way those amazing voices filled DeVos Hall-without microphones,” said Amon. “I thought, ‘Hey, I want to be able to do that!’”
And she has.
As a voice performance major who is also in the Honors College, Amon, a native of Jenison, has been chosen for lead roles in the university’s Opera Theatre productions, including the characters Lily in The Secret Garden and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance among others.
In 2007 Amon was awarded the third-annual Betty Van Andel Scholarship from Opera Grand Rapids. At the 2009 Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Vocal Competition, Amon, was chosen as the Teato Colon Artist Exchange Winner.
In conjunction with the competition one student from area colleges and universities is selected for the opportunity to study at the renowned Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón. The school, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was established more than 80 years ago for the training of promising opera artists. Amon, a senior voice major, will spend 10 days in the prestigious Young Artist Program, being coached, taking classes with artist faculty and singing alongside other talented young artists.
Amon says she is grateful to her Grand Valley voice teacher, Professor Kathryn Stieler, who encouraged her to apply for the award. “She has always encouraged me to apply for such worthwhile opportunities and I’m so grateful.”
As for the Teato Colon Artist Exchange Amon said, “It will be challenging to communicate in this foreign culture, but since music is a universal language, I think I will be able to walk away with a lot of new ideas about making music.”