At the risk of being avalanched by fans and sceptics on either side, we dutifully report that 11 year-old child star Jackie Evancho will appear in grand opera this Sunday.
Fresno Grand Opera.
The house has previously hosted Juan Diego Florez and Andrea Bocelli. Evancho arrives via America’s Got Talent.
From the Fresno Bee:
Ronald D. Eichman, general director of Fresno Grand Opera, noticed all the interest. “It’s been something we’ve been really closely tracking for a couple of years,” he says.
Eichman and the opera’s associate general director, Thi Nguyen, have cultivated a number of important contacts in the music industry in recent years…. One of those contacts is the producer and impresario David Foster, who worked with Evancho on her album.
“We elected to put her in Fresno first, second at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco,” Eichman says with a laugh. “Behind the scenes, we’re continuing to demonstrate what Fresno Grand Opera can do.”
Evancho’s program at Sunday’s concert will include such songs as “All I Ask of You,” “O Mio Babbino Caro” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” She’ll share the program with the young tenor Josh Page.