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Day 43: Music on the Move

Over this last week, a few of our singers have been enjoying a breather between projects (finished with Figaro, and not yet engulfed by the Rodgers Family recital or the Aida concert!) As we often do, we took advantage of opportunities like this to take the music off campus; to bring the glories of live singing to people in many different kinds

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Day 42: Know Before You Go #3 – The Villain

The third in a series of short posts that will get you ready for The Ghosts of Versailles, a few easily digestible paragraphs at a time. I’ve already introduced you to the Ghosts of the opera’s title and the Figaro characters of the opera-within-the-opera. Today, we meet an important character who inhabits the same scenes as those Figaro characters. His name

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Day 41: Mezzo-soprano Sarah Larsen in the Artist Spotlight

During the 2015 season, the blog will feature interviews with our Filene Young Artists. Today, we hear from mezzo-soprano Sarah Larsen, Susanna in The Ghosts of Versailles.   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? My mother

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Day 40: Baritone Morgan Pearse in the Artist Spotlight

During the 2015 season, the blog will feature interviews with our Filene Young Artists. Today, we hear from baritone Morgan Pearse, Figaro in The Ghosts of Versailles. 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? My mother

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Day 39: “People will never forget how you made them feel”

Tonight, the season’s first Vocal Colors concert comes to The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this guest post by soprano Alexandra Loutsion, one of the three artists featured in tonight’s performance! As excited as I am to bring Cio-Cio San to Wolf Trap Opera audiences this summer, there has been a little gem

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Day 38: Know Before You Go #2 – Figaro & Friends

The second in a series of short posts that will get you ready for The Ghosts of Versailles, a few easily digestible paragraphs at a time. Yesterday, I discussed the titular Ghosts and mentioned that one of them – Beaumarchais – wants to change the course of history and save Marie Antoinette from the guillotine. The tools he uses

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Day 37: Know Before You Go #1 – Who Are These Ghosts?

Today, the first in a series of short posts that will get you ready for The Ghosts of Versailles, a few easily digestible paragraphs at a time. The “Ghosts” of the title include Marie Antoinette, her husband King Louis XVI of France, and several of their aristocratic friends. The writer/musician Beaumarchais* – another ghost – is in love with Marie Antoinette,

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Day 36: Baritone Will Liverman in the Artist Spotlight

During the 2015 season, the blog will feature interviews with our Filene Young Artists. Today, we hear from baritone Will Liverman, Beaumarchais in The Ghosts of Versailles. 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? The moment

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Day 35: Bouncing, Throwing, and Running*

The Master Class phenomenon is a “thing” in the classical music world. In its best incarnation, an experienced and acclaimed artist works publicly with a young musician, and the assembled audience gets to peek behind the curtain and learn something about how a successful performance is constructed. And when handled with respect for both the

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Day 34: Ciao, Figaro

Two unrelated slightly fatigue-laced observations on this closing night of a production that encompassed lots of personal bests and 4 enthusiastic sold-out houses. First, a nomenclature dilemma. There has been a refreshing sense of immediacy and connection with the stage throughout this whole run, and it’s another reminder of how opera in a human-sized space is

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