How I Celebrate Black History Month

I have had a subscription to Opera News most of my life. This started back in the 1950s when my Aunt Jeanette and Uncle Ross, semi-pro classical singers and opera fans, initiated little Jan into the world of classical music and opera. I will be forever grateful for that. I have kept a few of…

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Avocational Musicians in Love with their Art

Last Sunday (Feb. 19), I had the privilege of hearing a chamber music concert at the National Opera Center in NYC. Now, it may seem a bit strange for an opera singer to blog about chamber music…frankly, I know very few singers who give instrumental music a passing glance. I fell in love with chamber…

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An Important Wagnerian Date

On this day in 1883, Richard Wagner passed away at Ca’ Vendramin Calergi (currently referred to as Palazzo Vendramin) in Venice (see my earlier post about visiting this site in June of 2016).  For those of us who love Wagner (count me in), this is a date to commemorate by listening to some of his sublime…

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Making a Video in my Studio

On Saturday, February 11, Max MGrath recorded a video for use with upcoming competitions. He recorded 3 opera arias, 2 musical theatre pieces, and a song by Kurt Weill. We are so grateful that the wonderful Elizabeth Blood was on hand to accompany, and Debora Cote of Ave Productions was the talented videographer. You can find contact…

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Legendary Soprano Leontyne Price Turns 90 Today

Leontyne Price is considered one of the greatest operatic sopranos of all time, and indisputably the most accomplished black woman in opera history. This world renowned icon and legend turns 90 today. She was a superstar at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and worldwide. One cannot begin to scratch the surface in exploring her talents, accomplishments, and…

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Janice and Cindy’s Cultural Venetian Adventure

In June of 2016, I spent a glorious week in Venice with my close friend and colleague Cindy Sadler. We had met in the 1990s while performing in Arizona Opera’s Ring Cycle. Cindy was the only artist who had appeared in all four operas (as Erde, Schwertleite, and First Norn), while I sang the role of Fricka…

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Brief Review of Met’s Romeo et Juliette

Last Saturday, 21 January 2016, my friend Anne Orio and I had a thoroughly delightful afternoon at the Live  from the Met HD broadcast of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the Hooksett Cinemagic.  What could be more tragically beautiful than this story of doomed young lovers? I had only heard this opera live one other time,…

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Opera Concert on 12/30/2016

This is a few weeks after the fact, but here goes. On Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, I heard 6 talented singers present a program of opera arias and scenes at Christ Church in Exeter, NH http://christchurchexeter.org. My student Max McGrath http://maxmcgrath.com sang one of his “signature” arias, “Ah, la paterna mano” from Verdi’s Macbeth, and quite beautifully,…

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“Live” Opera in NH

As some of you know, I am a big fan of the Live from the Met in HD Saturday matinees. What a wonderful way to spend a chilly Saturday afternoon in a dark theatre watching live opera, broadcast directly from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, with superlative casts and production values. On Jan. 21, the much…

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