The Mansfield Art Center is set to host a remarkable evening of music and drama on January 27th at 7:00 PM. This event marks a rare opportunity for classical music enthusiasts to experience the powerful vocal talents of Heidi Skok, a renowned contralto, and John Hines, a bass with international acclaim. The program will feature a selection of Richard Wagner’s arias and songs, promising an unforgettable experience for opera lovers.

The evening is presented by Mid-Ohio Civic Opera.

Heidi Skok, whose illustrious career includes performances at The Metropolitan Opera under the baton of James Levine, has recently garnered attention for her role in Tulsa Opera’s production of “The Medium.” Initially known for her soprano roles, Skok’s transition to contralto has been met with great success, showcasing her versatility and depth as a vocalist.

John Hines, hailing from nearby New Washington, has carved a niche for himself on the global operatic stage. His performances across Italy, Austria, and Russia have earned him the moniker “The American Chaliapin,” a testament to his powerful bass voice and captivating stage presence. Hines has shared the stage with artists from esteemed institutions such as the Mariinsky, Bolshoi, and Kiev Theaters, further solidifying his status in the world of opera.

Wilhelm Richard Wagner’s contribution to the world of opera is immeasurable. Living from 1813 to 1883, Wagner revolutionized the genre with his concept of “music dramas.” His works, including iconic operas like “The Flying Dutchman,” “Tristan und Isolde,” and “The Ring of the Nibelung,” are celebrated for their intricate integration of music and narrative. Wagner’s unique approach, where he wrote both the libretto and the music, set a new standard in opera, influencing countless composers and shaping the course of 20th-century music.

The upcoming performance at Mansfield Art Center is a celebration of Wagner’s enduring legacy through the voices of contemporary operatic artists. Skok and Hines’ interpretations of Wagner’s complex and emotionally charged compositions promise to be a highlight of the year’s cultural calendar.

The concert is free and open to the public with donations accepted.