Baritone Donald Milholin will sing operatic and Broadway songs for the Friends of Young Artists Opera at their ``Winter Wonderland Musicale' Thursday, Jan. 25.
The program will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the home of Glorie and Tom Luper, 3908 Starmount Drive.The program will be a break for Milholin from a job he loves. He keeps his new son, Nathan, six months, while his wife, Carla Lefevre-Milholin, teaches at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Being ``Mr. Mom' isn't a bad life at all, he said. He and Nathan make out fine, although both adult Milholins stay sleepy ``because Nathan just doesn't seem to require much sleep.'
And Don Milholin, who can quote recent guests of the Oprah and Donahue shows, admits there is a hazard ``in watching too much daytime TV' while he takes his turn at child-rearing. Meanwhile, he's rehearsing steadily and recently took a trip to New York for lessons.
Milholin, who has taught at his alma mater, the University of Iowa as well as at Bradley University, has sung in this country and in Europe at the Bodensee Festival in West Germany. He also managed the Peoria Opera 1987-88 when it staged ``Faust.'
``We came in under budget and had our biggest audience,' he said, smiling. As general manager, he oversaw a $42,000 budget, engaged the artists and coordinated the whole production.
But Milholin sees himself primarily as a singer. ``That's what I want to do,' he said, although teaching also has an appeal. He held a temporary post last fall at Winston-Salem State University. That was shortly after he and his wife came to Greensboro. Carla Lefevre-Milholin has her doctorate from the University of Iowa and is an assistant professor of voice at UNCG.
The two performed together at her recital recently at UNCG. On the musicale for the Young Artists Opera, she will be his accompanist.
The program will include a medley from ``Man of La Mancha,' as well as arias from ``Andrea Chenier' and ``Hamlet' and other selections.
Reservations for the program at $10 per person can be obtained by writing Launi Evenson, 3602 Round Hill Rd., Greensboro, N. C. 27408, or calling her at 282-0567 before Monday. The program benefits the company which stages performances by young singers, many award winners, who are in the first steps of their professional careers. The fall Young Artists Opera production was ``Die Fledermaus,' presented at Odell Auditorium on the Greensboro College campus.
Peggy Russell, founder of the company and artistic director, said Milholin's operatic debut here is one of several the company has arranged. Ralph Davison, head master of the Greensboro Day School and a singer in opera and oratorio elsewhere, made his local debut with Young Artists. So did Bill Killmeier, Todd Munday and Judy Bruno, she noted.