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Day 77: Richard, Mary & Adam

The American song-writing tour de force that is Richard Rodgers, Mary Rodgers and Adam Guettel was brought to life at The Barns yesterday and today. As always happens when Steve Blier works with our singers, the house overflowed with lyricism, wit, energy, storytelling and the occasional tear. Song lyrics may be found here!  

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Day 76: Baritone Joo Won Kang in the Artist Spotlight

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During the 2015 season, the blog will feature interviews with our Filene Young Artists. Today, we hear from baritone Joo Won Kang, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. Which experience(s) most influenced your decision to become a professional singer? What’s the earliest point in your life that you can identify in pointing you in this direction? It was quite

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Day 75: Bass Evan Boyer in the Artist Spotlight

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During the 2015 season, the blog will feature interviews with our Filene Young Artists. Today, we hear from bass Evan Boyer. Evan’s big role of the summer was Ramfis in Verdi’s Aida in Concert, and we are enjoying luxury casting in Butterfly as he takes the role of the Bonze! Which experience(s) most influenced your decision to become a professional singer? What’s

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Day 74: Music and Art

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Tonight, another inspiring evening of song and visual art at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the second of this summer’s Vocal Colors concerts. Soprano Amy Owens, baritone Morgan Pearse, and pianist Emily Senturia offered up 11 songs chosen to pair with artwork in the museum’s collection: “Let Beauty Awake” (Vaughan Williams/Stevenson) Red Sun (Miró) “Les filles

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Day 73: Mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges in the Artist Spotlight

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During the 2015 season, the blog will feature interviews with our Filene Young Artists. Today, we hear from mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. Which experience(s) most influenced your decision to become a professional singer? What’s the earliest point in your life that you can identify in pointing you in this direction? A very long story short,

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Day 72: Pianist Edward Kim in the Artist Spotlight

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The job of a Collaborative Pianist in the opera biz is a fascinating one. Today, we feature an interview with Edward Kim, one of our two 2015 Coaching Fellows! People are often confused about exactly what a “vocal coach” is. How would you describe what you do? This question is perhaps better answered in terms

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Day 71: Pianist Peter Walsh in the Artist Spotlight

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The job of a Collaborative Pianist in the opera biz is a fascinating one. Today, we feature an interview with Peter Walsh, one of our two 2015 Coaching Fellows! When did you begin playing the piano, and how did you transition into collaborative piano? I began playing the piano when I was 5 years old.  Although I

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Day 70: Studio Artists Shine

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Tonight, our 16 Studio Artists owned the stage at The Barns, wowing an invited audience of Wolf Trap Members and WTO Housing Hosts with their Studio Spotlight evening of opera excerpts. We couldn’t be prouder of this extraordinary group!

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Day 69: Soprano D’Ana Lombard in the Artist Spotlight

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Today, a look back at The Ghosts of Versailles, as the spotlight shines on soprano D’Ana Lombard, our Rosina! Which experience(s) most influenced your decision to become a professional singer? What’s the earliest point in your life that you can identify in pointing you in this direction? I tell this story a lot but it’s really

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Day 68: The Feelings Are Bigger

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This video below is making the rounds within the WTO family, and it has already resonated strongly with our opera network across the country. Bless him, our young friend Iain manages to capture so many things that we opera lovers wish we could communicate more clearly to the “outside” world. Things about the essence and

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