Posts by Janice Edwards

Tanglewood in July…Mahler and Wagner and Shakespeare, oh my!

In July, I had the privilege of hearing two amazing concerts at Tanglewood, the summer home of the BSO (Boston Symphony Orchestra) My dear friend Joy McIntyre “summers” in the Berkshires and teaches every year at BUTI (Boston University Tanglewood Institute – a summer program for high school singers and instrumentalists). Joy graciously extends her hospitality to me…

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The Choirs of Nashua

Ask any professional classical singer how he or she feels about choral singing, and they will either make a face, say “no way, never”, or make some snarky comment.  I am no exception.  Most of us pros have had “church jobs” in NYC, Boston, or other large cities where churches with fat music budgets can afford…

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Update: Tenor Maxwell McGrath

Max continues his climb to Local Tenor Stardom with his most recent success with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra (www.portsmouthsymphony.org). On June 11 at the Music Hall (www.themusichall.org) in Portsmouth, Max made his debut with the PSO singing his signature aria, “Ah, la paterna mano” from Verdi’s Macbeth. It was thrilling to hear Max sing with a full…

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Speaking of FOOD

Yes , I am a “foodie”. I think most performing artists are. One of my favorite local shops is Angela’s Pasta and Cheese Shop at 815 Chestnut Street in Manchester’s North End. A few weeks ago, I saw a notice about a “wine pairing” event at the end of April. So I asked my good friend…

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New York State of Mind, Part 2

Back in the 1980s, Christine lived in Manhattan, pursuing her singing career like so many of we aspiring classical singers. Since “changing majors” and graduating from Union Theological Seminary at about that time, she had not visited NYC. So she was not ready to return to New England on Saturday morning after our delightful night at…

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New York State of Mind, Part 1

As everyone in my life knows, I am mad for opera…whether singing opera or attending opera. This started when I was about 13, and was taken to my first opera, Puccini’s Tosca, by my beloved Aunt Jeanette and Uncle Ross.  I will never forget that experience, at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, back when the Metropolitan…

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Studio Winners

On Saturday, April 15, my student soprano Kelly Collins, a senior at the Derryfield School in Manchester, NH, won second place in the state-wide NATS High School Festival Competition. Kelly has studied voice regularly with me since her sophomore year, and her vocal technique, knowledge of repertoire and language, and – most important – her expressiveness and…

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The Next Best Job in Opera if You’re Not Onstage

Last weekend, I heard a very interesting piece on WNYC ‘s  informative program, “On the Media”. This episode was part of their “Day Jobs” series. I tuned in halfway through the program and was entranced by a young woman’s beautiful voice speaking about opera. Thanks to online streaming (!), I was able to listen to the entire 9…

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The Quilting Bee

This may come as a big surprise to many of my friends and acquaintances, but I love quilting. I have always enjoyed various crafts, mainly involving textiles…long, LONG ago, I did decoupage (messy); then cross-stitch (tiny Christmas ornaments and finger towels – basically useless); yarn crafts (no, not knitting…never picked that up – I’m referring…

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“21 Years at the Met”

No, sadly I am not referring to myself. This is the title of a presentation by a former Met violinist, Erica Miner, which I heard on Sunday, March 19, at the Boston Public Library. The full title of the presentation was “21 Years at the Met: How I Learned to Love the Ring.” This event was…

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