Amanda Hall is visiting Minot for the second time. This year, she is here to sing the role of "Countess Rosina" in the Western Plains Opera's production of "The Marriage of Figaro" by Mozart. Hall, a brown-haired soprano in just her fourth season as a professional, was last here in 2010 to play the lead in the WPO production of "La Traviata." Hall is a rising star in the opera world, singing and recording a growing number of the great soprano roles and songs in the U.S. and Europe. She said that the arias or songs of the Countess in "Figaro" are among the "greatest hits" in opera.
Hall is a graduate of the highly touted Yale School of Music, which has produced many stars in the opera world.
"There are lots of Yalies out there," said Hall.
Hall shares a hometown with the university as well: New Haven, Conn., where her husband of six years manages health clubs.
Hall is gone from home, on average, four or five months a year. Being away so much is the nature of the world of a "diva" whose talents are in demand nationally and internationally, but Hall said that she "has always been blessed with great family support."
Hall said that she was shocked to find Minot has changed so much from her last visit in 2010, seemingly doubling in size. One thing that hasn't changed for her, though, is the experience of singing at Minot State University's Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.
The Western Plains Opera will present its Fall Gala Friday at 7 p.m. at the Taube Museum of Art, 2 N. Main St.
Finger foods and champagne will be offered, with artists from the group's upcoming presentation of "The Marriage of Figaro" will be on hand.
Admission is free but donations will be accepted.
For more information, call 858-3185 or go to (wpopera.com).
"The hall is outstanding - aesthetically and acoustically beautiful!" she said.
She said she has also enjoyed working with the people here in Minot, whom she refers to as the "salt of the earth."
"The Marriage of Figaro," featuring Hall, will be performed Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m.