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State of the Arts

BY Kai Andersen, Kait Hanson and Jennifer Thornton | November 3, 2017 | Feature Features National

Hawai‘i's art scene is as vital, exceptional and ever-growing as the islands themselves. Meet the innovative movers, players, works and venues that are painting a particularly beautiful picture for art lovers of all stripes.

BELLE CANTO
Fresh from a run with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, soprano Audrey Luna returns home to Hawaii Opera Theatre.

This February, Audrey Luna—gracing the stage as Marie in Hawaii Opera Theatre’s Daughter of the Regiment by Donizetti—is the HOT ticket. Though performing with NYC’s illustrious Metropolitan Opera this November, the Grammy-winning soprano considers HOT her home company, having appeared as Juliette in its production of Romeo et Juliette, Blonchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Anne in A Little Night Music. (As for Marie? A bucket-list role that taps into Luna’s love for comedic roles.) Heeding the siren song of Hawai‘i, Luna settled on O‘ahu five years ago. Singing its praises, she says, “I am so happy to come home to this glorious island.” And expect a homecoming in kind. Presided over by longtime board chairman Jim McCoy, with board members including Cherye Pierce and Sally Parker, HOT’s other high note of the season is its annual Opera Ball. The fundraising extravaganza bows Nov. 11 at the Sheraton Waikiki. Bravo! Feb. 9 & 13, 7:30pm; Feb. 11, 4pm; premium tickets $90 & $135, Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu

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