opera http://kvpr.org en How I Started an Opera Company in Visalia http://kvpr.org/post/how-i-started-opera-company-visalia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How did I, of all people, end up starting an opera company? The answer has to do with being willing to forget about credentials and just take that first step. The answer also has to do with the open culture of my hometown.</span></p><p>I grew up in Visalia, singing Gloria Estefan and Selena songs at county fairs. All I wanted to do when I grew up was to be a pop singer—to shake my booty on stage and wear glittery outfits. I didn’t know the first thing about opera.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 00:51:27 +0000 Rosalinda Verde 19158 at http://kvpr.org How I Started an Opera Company in Visalia Kelley O'Connor Comes Full Circle in Fresno Return http://kvpr.org/post/kelley-oconnor-comes-full-circle-fresno-return <p>Mezzo-soprano <a href="http://www.kelleyoconnor.com/">Kelley O’Connor</a> has received international acclaim performing with the world’s premier orchestras and conductors, premiering exciting new works, and breathing new life into familiar favorites.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:47:17 +0000 Joe Moore 4610 at http://kvpr.org Kelley O'Connor Comes Full Circle in Fresno Return On Valley Edition: Colleges, Students Face Challenges; Cal Opera Festival http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-colleges-students-face-challenges-cal-opera-festival <p>This week on Valley Edition we look at how new regulations, budget cuts and the economy are all changing the way local colleges operate. Dr. Tony Cantu from Fresno City College joins us to talk about new policies that are intended to keep community college students on track to graduate within two years. We also talk with higher education advocate Jessie Ryan of the Campaign for College Opportunity and Joe Haydock of Institute of Technology, Clovis Campus about new federal regulations that prevent students who don&#39;t have a high school diploma or GED from obtaining financial aid. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:06:31 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1382 at http://kvpr.org Interview: Audra McDonald http://kvpr.org/post/interview-audra-mcdonald <p>Audiences throughout the world know Audra McDonald as a star of both the stage and screen, a three time Tony Award winner, a two time Grammy winner, and until recently a star on the hit ABC television series Private Practice. Her latest project finds her returning to the world of musical theatre, starring in a new production of Porgy and Bess, currently on stage in Cambridge Massachusetts, and scheduled to make its way to Broadway in December. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 03:36:47 +0000 Joe Moore 1040 at http://kvpr.org Interview: Audra McDonald On Valley Edition: Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer; Fresno Grand Opera http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-fresno-police-chief-jerry-dyer-fresno-grand-opera <p>This week on Valley Edition, we feature an in-depth interview with newly un-retired Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer. We talk talk about the Fresno Grand Opera&#39;s upcoming season.</p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 23:37:28 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1201 at http://kvpr.org