Apr. 2015
A Night At The “Popera”
by: Klassika

“A Night At The Popera” Brings a One-Of-A-Kind Musical & Theatrical Experience to the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs, One Night Only, April 18

The Trio of Soaring Voices Known as Klassika Form a Harmonious Blend of Pop Music and Opera, Creating a New Genre and Sound Called, Popera.

The Classically Trained Performers Offer Inspiring Arrangements and Classical Crossover Treatments of Bridge Over Troubled Waters, I Will Always Love You, Just The Way You Are, Among Other Timeless Favorites

(Bonita Springs, Florida) “Everything Classic Is New Again.” helps describe an emerging hybrid genre of timeless Pop music combined with the beauty and drama of Opera, known as Popera.  Therefore the apt title of “A Night At The Popera,” heralds a singular brand of entertainment and rare enjoyment of soaring sounds and harmonies.

This distinct sound is created by the blending of three classically trained voices of theatrical professionals at the peak of their craft: Clint Shepherd (tenor), Jolanda Nel (soprano) and Chris Romeo (tenor).  The trio performs a stunning variety of styles, employing combinations of bold musical colors and soft vocal shadings, while singing in English, Italian, Spanish and French  NOTE:  For biographies visit: Klassika: http://www.klassikashow.com.

“A Night At The Popera” showcases their talent, respect and affection for the revered selections of some of the greatest pop songs of all time.  Additional songs included in the evening’s program include  Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Trio, Somewhere, Hero, Hallelujah, Canto Della Terra, La Voix, I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing, Unchained Melody (Senza Catene) among many others.

The performance takes place on Saturday, April 18 (8 pm) in Hinman Auditorium at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs; 10150 Bonita Beach Rd SE, 10150 Bonita Beach Road Southeast, Bonita Springs, FL 34135. (map)  Tickets: $25 member / $30 non-member / $35 at the door.  For more information, 239-495-8989

Center for the Arts Bonita Springs  www.artcenterbonita.org

Klassika: http://www.klassikashow.com

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Jolanda Nel – Soprano


Jolanda Nel was born and raised in South Africa and graduated from the Pretoria School of Performing Arts.   She performed the roles of:  CONSTANZE, Dialogues of the Carmelites; DESPINA, Cosi fan Tutte; RITA, Rita; LAURETTA, Gianni Schicchi.  She received two achievement scholarships and graduated with honors.  In Denver, Colorado she appeared as LUISA in The Fantastics with The Augustana Institute of Music and as MADAME GOLDENTRILL in The Impresario. She sang the role of ZERLINA , Don  Giovanni in Rome, Italy with the International Lyric Academy of Rome. She also performed VIOLETTA in La Traviata with the Sunstate Opera under Maestro Mario Laurenti.  In stage comedy productions Jolanda has perfomed the roles of JULIA (A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody) and JACQUELINE (Don’t Dress For Dinner).  Jolanda recently became co-owner of M.D.H.F. Productions, LLC. and is very excited to join forces with the very creative Clint Shepherd.

Clint Shepherd – Tenor


Clint previously directed the comedies LOVE SEX AND THE IRS, FOREIGNER, A LITTLE MURDER NEVER HURT ANYBODY and DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER.  Credits include SHARPLESS (Madame Butterfly), GERMONT (La Traviata), Silvio (I Pagliacci), Warden/ FRANK (Die Fledermaus), FATHER (Hansel and Gretel) and ZUNIGA (Carmen).  His roles in musical theatre include TONY, West Side Story; JESUS, Jesus Christ Superstar; CURLY, Oklahoma; LUMIERE, Beauty and the Beast; COWARDLY LION, Wizard of OZ, CHARLIE, Brigadoon; RICHIE, A Chorus Line; Voice of AUDRY II, Little Shop of Horrors; DAVID, Godspell and RALPH in Reefer Madness.  Clint has joined forces with the very talented and beautiful Jolanda Nel to produce a dream that they both share:  A concert with classically trained singers performing popular songs and classic favorites.

Chris Romeo – Tenor


Chris can often be seen performing with the St. Petersburg Opera Company.  Roles include:  DON CURZIO (Marriage of Figaro), FIRST PHILISTINE (Samson and Delilah (Saint-Saens) as well as unnamed roles and Chorus in Die Fledermaus and Madama Butterfly.  Chris received his Master’s in Vocal Performance from the University of South Florida where he performed the roles of FERRANDO (Cosi fan Tutte), Haute-contre roles in King Arthur, DON JOSE (Carmen) and EDDIE, The Rocky Horror Show for which he was nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Award.  Other performances include Sweeney Todd with the St. Petersburg Opera Company and Iphigenie en Aulide with New Century Opera.  When Chris is not performing his second passion is helping people with his music. Working closely with the non-profit organization, Creative Clay, Chris is able to bring music to patients, families and caregivers in healthcare communities in the Greater Tampa Bay area