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USD Opera to Perform Regional Outdoor Concerts

Opera Pop-Ups graphic. On the graphic, three USD students sing and dance in a performance. The USD Opera presents "Opera Pop-Up," a new series of live, outdoor concerts in Vermillion, Sioux Falls and Yankton.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Opera presents “Opera Pop-Ups,” a new series of live, outdoor concerts in Vermillion, Sioux Falls and Yankton.

The concerts will feature singers of USD Opera and a USD chamber orchestra conducted by Luis Viquez, D.M.A., assistant professor of clarinet and director of orchestras. Vocal direction is led by Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., professor of voice/opera and the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair.

They will perform fan-favorite arias and duets, including works by Puccini, Mozart, Gounod, Leoncavallo and many more.


Friday, April 30

  • USD campus between Slagle Hall and Old Main, 12-1 p.m.
  • Downtown Vermillion on the Platz, corner of Main and Market St., 5-6 p.m.

Saturday, May 1

  • Levitt at the Falls, 504 N. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, 12-1 p.m.
  • McKennan Park Bandshell, 1400 S. 3rd Ave., Sioux Falls, 3-4 p.m.

Sunday, May 2

  • Riverside Park Amphitheater, 200 Levee St., Yankton, 2-3 p.m.

Performers include:

  • Denisse Balandran, sophomore vocal performance; Storm Lake, Iowa
  • Rachel Bozonie, sophomore music education and cello performance; Storm Lake, Iowa
  • Adam Lange, junior vocal performance; Yankton, South Dakota
  • Margaret Meierhenry, sophomore musical arts and political science; Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Lauren Paul, graduate vocal performance and music historyEvansville, Wisconsin
  • Elisabeth Peirce, freshman vocal performance and music education; Elk Point, South Dakota
  • Katelyn Privett, freshman music educationSioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Michaela Rabideau, graduate vocal performance; Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Brian Shirley, freshman musical arts and business administration; Rapid City, South Dakota

Concerts are free and open to the public. Masks are requested.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News