142 Throckmorton Theatre Announces
The Blanche Thebom Fund for Advanced Vocal Musicianship
Mill Valley, CA (December 29, 2011) -- 142 Throckmorton Theatre, a nonprofit theatre dedicated to supporting the arts, proudly announces the establishment of the Blanche Thebom Fund for Advanced Vocal Musicianship. Ms. Blanche passed away in May of 2010 and her estate has made a financial gift to the theatre to be used to develop and support emerging vocal talent through 142 Throckmorton’s Marin Youth Performers’ advanced vocal music programs - musical theatre productions and teen A Cappella Ensemble. www.142throckmortontheatre.org/marin_youth.php
142 Throckmorton Theatre is honored to represent and extend Blanche Thebom’s extraordinary artistic legacy in the world of vocal music. Annual Scholarships will be awarded in the name of the Blanche Thebom Fund based on the following criteria:
• Exceptional vocal promise or talent
• Financial need
“We are privileged to recognize Blanche Thebom among our elite Creative Partners whose support enables us to continue delivering transformative cultural experiences to our community”, said Lucy Mercer, 142 Throckmorton’s Executive Director.
About Blanche Thebom
Blanche Thebom was one of the great operatic mezzo-sopranos of the
postwar era. Making her concert debut in 1941, she became the leading dramatic mezzo-soprano of the Metropolitan Opera for 22 years, and created the American premiere performances of Baba the Turk in Igor Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, the Mother in Strauss' Arabella, and Mére Marie in Francis Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites.
In her impressive 22 seasons with the Met she appeared in 356 performances, 28 roles, and 27 works. Ms. Thebom was the first American artist to sing at the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow, and had two command performances before the Queen of England.
She is also remembered for her Dorabella in the historic production of Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte, and for her Brangäne on the Flagstad/Wilhelm Furtwängler recording of Tristan and Isolde.
In 1967 Ms. Thebom was appointed head of the Southern Regional Opera Company in Atlanta. Subsequently, she directed the music program at the University of Arkansas and created a Puppet Opera Theatre that was enormously popular with young and old alike. In the 1970’s, Ms. Thebom was appointed director of the opera workshop of San Francisco State University and also helped establish and enrich the San Francisco Girl’s Chorus. Described by her students as devoted, disciplined, and dedicated, Ms. Thebom had an elegant presence that impressed everyone she knew and left a legacy of supporting excellence in musical art forms.
About 142 Throckmorton Theatre’s Youth Program
142’s youth program, Marin Youth Performers, provides first-class performing arts and musical instruction and real world performance opportunities to Bay Area youth, ages 5 to 20. The theatre currently serves over 400 students annually and the program is run by seasoned artists and educators who are specialists in their fields.
In the realm of vocal music, MYP produces professional-quality musical theatre productions that immerse young actors and musicians in intensive and collaborative performing arts training and experience. MYP’s teen A Cappella Ensemble performs complex vocal music from a variety of genres, from classical to contemporary. Participation in these programs is limited to students of exceptional potential and talent who must qualify by audition.
As a nonprofit dedicated to uniting the community through the power of the arts, 142 Throckmorton Theatre reaches out to underserved populations and provides scholarships and fellowships to help ensure that no one is denied admission due to inability to pay. www.142throckmortontheatre.org