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ALUMNI news Soprano Found her voice at MDc B ack when she was a member of her high school’s glee club, alum-na Elizabeth Caballero never imagined she would someday become a renowned globe-trotting opera singer. “When I graduated, I was oblivious as to what I wanted to do,” said the soprano, who has earned rave reviews for roles in performances around the country and abroad. “It was MDC that really introduced me to what I wanted to do in life.” Already heading to MDC on merit-based scholarships, Ca-ballero took the advice of her glee club choreographer and auditioned for the College’s own glee club – ultimately a fateful decision. “I always enjoyed singing, always got the solo. I knew I had some sort of talent and enjoyed it,” said Caballero. At Miami Dade College, voice instructor Dr. Beverly Coulter nudged her toward opera. Ca-ballero took up singing lessons at the College and sang her first operatic aria, from La Bohème . “I fell so in love with it.” Since her time at MDC, Ca-ballero’s career has reached the stars. She has performed at the Metropolitan Opera , New York City Opera , San Francisco Opera and Florida Grand Opera , as well as in Europe and South America. This month, Caballero makes her role debut as the protagonist of Madama Butterfly in Kansas City. “It’s been a nice and exciting ride.” – MR Music Giants Team Up to capture olympic Spirit Powerhouse music producer Emilio Estefan and singer-actor Jencarlos Canela teamed up to musically capture the Olympic spirit this summer for millions of TV viewers. The two highflying MDC alumni collaborated on Suena (Dream) , a track celebrating Telemundo’s coverage of the summer games. Aired to the network’s national and international au-diences, the iconic song is yet another shining example of MDC’s global reach. This isn’t Estefan’s first lap on an Olympic track. He also produced NBC’s official theme for the 1996 Summer Olym-pics, sung by his superstar wife Gloria Estefan . Suena is available for download on iTunes. Emilio Estefan Jencarlos Canela World Premiere Award-winning play-wright and NWSA alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney unveils his new production, Head of Katie Finneran Passes, next spring at Chicago’s esteemed Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The world premiere drama runs the gamut of emotions when a surprise party is over-shadowed by revelations of a family secret. Earlier this year, McCraney was the recipi-ent of NWSA’s Alumnus Award. Back on Broadway Two-time Tony Award winner and New World School of the Arts alumna Katie Finneran is returning to the Broadway stage in a new production of Annie . As the wicked Miss Hannigan, Finneran will be playing “one of the juiciest roles of the 2012-13 Broadway sea-son,” as reported by The New York Times . Last season, she starred in the Fox sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter alongside Jaime Pressly . Tarell McCraney – MR Class Acts Numerous leaders in the entertain-ment industry got their start at MDC, including: • Robert Battle , Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater • Brandon Bryant , Dancer • Angel Carrasco , Vice President, Triada Entertainment Group Inc. • Harry Wayne “K.C.” Casey , Singer-Song-writer, KC & The Sunshine Band • Desmond Child , Chief Executive Officer, Deston Entertainment Inc. Sylvester Stallone • Willy Chirino , Grammy Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter • Nilo Cruz, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright • Pierluigi Gazzolo , President, MTV Networks Latin America • Hannia Guillén , Actress/Singer, Liberty Casting • Vivi Pineda , Actress • Ana María Polo , Attorney/Host, Telemundo’s Caso Cerrado • Jack Rico , Film Critic and Founder/ Editor-in-Chief at ShowBizCafe Media • José Tillán , Senior Vice President of Music and Talent, MTV Networks Latin America • Bob Vila , Television Host MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE Published by Miami Dade College, Office of Communications 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132-2296 Send e-mails to editor@mdc.edu. f orum September 2012 • Volume 16 • Number 4 Communications Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Juan C . Mendieta Marketing Communications Director . . . . . . . . .Irene Giménez Muñoz Editorial Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr . Brenda Krebs Copy Editors/Contributors . . . . . Monica Roos, Anne-Margaret Swary Graphic Designers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pasita Andino, Reynaldo Arroyo, Catalina Figueras, Grizelle Paz-Harrison, Shari Robbins Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Walter Villa Staff Photographers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cristian Lazzari, Carlos Llano Production Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Smitherman For more information about MDC programs, call 305-237-8888 or visit www.mdc.edu. Andy García Kathie Lee Gifford

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