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The Singing Actress – Leah Crocetto On Acting & Approaching Her Repertory In Bel Canto Style
Tosca, Aida, Elisabetta and Liù are the roles associated with a lyric spinto soprano. They are the pinnacle of the Italian repertory and the works that every major diva wants to sing. Leah Crocetto gets to sing these great operas on a regular basis, as her profile has ballooned over the last few years. Today, she has become one of the most exciting young singers of her generation. While she…
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Q&A: Kristine Overman On Singing The Countess in ‘Le Nozze Di Figaro’ And Returning To Prague Summer Nights
The Prague Summer Nights Festival, presented by Classical Movements, continues this weekend in Salzburg. One of the artists performing this week includes Kristine Overman, a 21-year-old soprano who is currently studying at the University of Michigan and who is singing her second major opera role. Having performed with the Michigan Opera Theater as a young child, Overman has always been exposed to opera and with the Prague Summer Nights Festival,…
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Q&A: Anna Kozlakiewicz On Fulfilling A Dream In Salzburg & Pamina’s Challenges
The Prague Summer Nights festival, presented by Classical Movements, continues this week in Salzburg where young artists will have the chance to perform at the legendary Mozarteum. Among the young artists is Anna Kozlakiewicz, a lyric soprano who studied voice at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and Art History at the UKSW Warszawa. She is currently studying at Indiana University, where she is working under the tutelage of legendary artist…
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Q&A: Dominic Veilleux On Papageno, Mozart And Singing In Prague
The Prague Summer Nights Festival, presented by Classical Movements, is a program with a mission to develop the next generation of opera singers and allow young artists to perform in historic venues and find a platform to begin their careers. Baritone Dominic Veilleux is new to the program this year. The baritone, who is portraying Papageno in Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte," is a rising star in Canada where he is a…
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Q&A: John Holland On His Work with The Prague Summer Nights And Career Development
Baritone John Holland is returning to the Prague Summer Nights Festival for the third with his participation this year. As an alumnus of the program, the baritone has performed numerous roles including Masetto in "Don Giovanni" at the Estates Theatre in Prague, Vodník in "Rusalka" in the Czech Republic, Belcore in "L’Elisir D’Amore," Alberich in "Der Ring Des Nibelungen" with Toronto’s Opera by Request, Figaro in "Le Nozze di Figaro"…
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A Tenor’s Progress – Paul Appleby on Developing His Understanding of Stravinsky’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’ & Being Part of Opera’s Future
A few years ago, tenor Paul Appleby made headlines for a potent and powerful showcase in Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress.” Little did he know that that role debut would turn out to be a major calling card in his career. He is now heading into his third major production of the opera at the Festival Aix-en-Provence and is finding the character far more fascinating. The opera essentially pits us with…
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More Than Vocal Fireworks – Tenor Celso Albelo on Musical Structure in ‘Rigoletto,’ The High F in ‘Puritani’ & Complex French Operas
Celso Albelo possesses a glorious instrument that allows him to sing a wide range of bel canto operas with great ease. But in speaking with the tenor, it became very clear that he doesn’t take a single thing for granted. He might be able to whip up a few phrases without thinking about it or throw off the highest of high notes with fearlessness, but he doesn’t care to. Everything…
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Crossing Vast Oceans – Musa Ngqungwana’s Journey From South Africa To Rising Operatic Stardom
From South Africa to America. Between those two countries is a vast ocean and traversing from the former to the latter presents a number of major challenges, not only physical, but emotional and economic. Opera is rife with characters battling the ocean on their way to success or tragedy. Just to name a few are the characters in Jake Heggie's "Moby Dick" and even the fisherman in "Porgy and Bess,"…
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Voice Tasting – How Matt Burns & Magnvm Opvs Tasting Concerts Bring Singing & Wine Together
Creamy. Sweet. Intense. Warm. Thick. Bubbly. Dark. Light. Potent. Vibrant. Any one of those words could be used to describe an operatic voice. But as Matt Burns, founder of Magnum Opus Tasting Concerts (spelled officially Magnvm Opvs” to emphasize “voice” and “vine”), could tell you, they can also be used to represent wine. With his project, founded rather recently, the bass-baritone, who is coming off a run of “La Mère…
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Discovering Cultures – Olga Peretyatko Sings Her First French Role, Explores Russia & Returns To Bel Canto
Opera requires a singer to perform in numerous languages. This can be daunting for anyone who does not speak any given tongue or does not have a connection to the corresponding culture. While some singers overcome this challenge by learning as much as is needed for a given piece, others feel that total immersion is the key to success. Case in point, Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko. Having grown up speaking…