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Fantasy Theatre Factory Hosts Night of Opera with Classically Trained Broadway Soprano & SoFlo Native Kyaunnee Richardson

Fantasy Theatre Factory (FTF) will host a  “Delightful Evening with Kyaunnee Richardson,” in which the critically acclaimed South Florida soprano will present a selection of both operatic and Broadway songs, accompanied on piano by the renowned Gordon Roberts. 

The show, recorded by FTF Board Member and videographer Gregory Reed (who calls  Richardson “the next Kristin Chenoweth”), is part of FTF’s ONE@SRT series showcasing solo  “stage-to-screen experiences.” The company developed ONE@SRT to provide a space dedicated to the staging and sharing of one-person shows during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The series is part of FTF’s overall plan to safely present cultural entertainment.  

“A Delightful Evening with Kyaunnee Richardson” will premiere at the Sandrell Rivers  Theater, 6103 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL, 33127, at on Sat., March 6, at 8 p.m., with a free  simulcast on Facebook and YouTube. Tickets for watching the “stage-to-screen” production at the theater are $1 and can be purchased online at tickets.ftfshows.com.  

To attend shows in person, guests must submit to a temperature check, wear face coverings  and practice social distancing. For more information, visit ftfshows.com, or follow FTF on  Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.  

A Studio Artist with Opera Orlando for its 2020-21 season and a frequent — and beloved — figure on that company’s stage for several of its productions, Richardson said her inspiration  for “A Delightful Evening” was the bustling, glittering home of Broadway itself, New York  City.  

“I never grow tired of traveling to the Big Apple,” said Richardson, a 2020 finalist in the  operatic division of the SAS Performing Arts & Studios Vocal Competition. She also recently  earned honorary mention for the longest cadenza in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s virtual cadenza  challenge, based around his Phantom of the Opera song entitled “Think of Me.”  

Opera Singer, Kyaunnee Richardson.

“The more I return to New York City, the more I fall in love with it, from the lights on the  Great White Way to the birds chirping in Central Park to the glorious singing at the majestic  Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center,” she said. “This concert reflects my adventures  when I traveled there in 2018 and had the privilege of seeing the revival of Rodgers and  Hammerstein’s Carousel with Joshua Henry and Renee Fleming. It was a wonderful trip!”  

Among the songs Richardson will be singing are: “Show Me” from My Fair Lady (Frederick  Loewe); “Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney Todd (Steven Sondheim); and  “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess (George Gershwin). Her operatic selections will include  “Ah! Je veux vivre” from Romeo and Juliette (Charles Gounod) and “O mio bambino caro” from Gianni Schicchi (Giacomo Puccini). She will also perform a song called “My Child’s  Eyes,” written and composed by Roberts, her accompanist. A prolific pianist, conductor and  composer, the Pennsylvania-born Roberts moved to South Florida in 1985 and has since  built a reputation both locally and internationally for his work.  

Richardson credits Roberts for helping her select her lineup for “A Delightful Evening,”  including “a number of little gems hiding in the pages of the vast number of musical books  that he has in his library,” she noted.  

“I hope everyone will enjoy this ‘delightful’ evening of great music and maybe savor any old  memories they might have connected to the songs,” she said. 

FTF CEO/Executive Artistic Director Larry Fields said it was Richardson’s talent, musical  selection and the intimacy of just her and a piano that “sold” him and his team when they  selected her show for the ONE@SRT series.  

“I’m a fan of both classical music and Broadway tunes, and Miss Richardson’s voice is  phenomenal,” said Fields. “Listening to her audition took us to that ‘happy place’ that’s not  only enjoyable any time but is something we all need right now. We are very excited about  helping Kyaunnee get her voice heard.”  

For more information about Kyaunnee Richardson, please visit her website at  www.kyaunneerichardson.com. For more information about upcoming shows at FTF see tickets.ftfshows.com, and for more  information about the measures FTF has implemented to create a safe space for everyone  to enjoy the arts, see https://www.sandrellriverstheater.com/reopening.  

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