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"Transladapted" Bohème offers fresh, intimate production for national tour

"Transladapted" Bohème offers fresh, intimate production for national tour

At the same time, the limited set design accentuates the quality of the music to tell the story of La bohème, from the virtuosic one-man orchestra in pianist David Eliakis, to the cast. And in a smaller space, the story becomes even more intimate and heart-wrenching.

Oliver Munar
Brownlee headlines season opener in Chicago

Brownlee headlines season opener in Chicago

While his vocal brilliance was not at all a surprise, Lawrence Brownlee's spirited stage antics were a consistent delight throughout the evening. Known for virtuosically ornamenting the already-florid lines of his bel canto repertoire, Brownlee seemed to be playing it safe on Saturday night, despite sounding in fantastic voice.

Hannah De Priest
#TheStories, part 7

#TheStories, part 7

"The one thing she said that never left me was the virgin-shaming. She said that maybe if I had sex or got a boyfriend, that it would relax me and make me a better singer. These insinuations or outright comments went on for the three years I studied with her."

Jenna Simeonov
Pagliacci alone makes festive, shocking season opener

Pagliacci alone makes festive, shocking season opener

This, combined with a note-complete love duet, was enough for the production to justify the bells and whistles of its carnival pre-show, and I found myself not wanting for Pagliacci's much-beloved double-bill partner Cavalleria rusticana.

Arturo Fernandez
You have rights to your working hours: An open letter to singers

You have rights to your working hours: An open letter to singers

Perhaps the question to ask is, why do so many young singers put up with it? I would urge my colleagues to put aside the undying loyalty to the artistic dream for a moment and speak up against unfair working conditions of any kind.

Kay Cartwright
#TheStories, part 6

#TheStories, part 6

"It's sad to say that I feel lucky that this is the worst thing that has happened to me in this business. I wish I had done more at the time."

Jenna Simeonov
#TheStories, part 5

#TheStories, part 5

"Later that day, he sent me an email, in which he again referenced my 'innocence and negativity', and once again attempted to coerce me to meet with him alone at his home. I responded to this email with a reply, in which I clearly laid out my boundaries, and made requests for the parameters of our professional relationship going forward."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with conductors: Francesco Lanzillotta

Talking with conductors: Francesco Lanzillotta

"Even the idea of tempo should be very flexible depending on the meaning of the words. Sometimes, even if we don't have a change of tempo written in the score, we should understand when it is necessary to move the musical line forward."

Jenna Simeonov
Aria Guides: Vedrai, carino

Aria Guides: Vedrai, carino

The plot thickens when we consider that Zerlina nearly left Masetto for a tryst with the Don, and pouted her way out of getting caught by basically daring Masetto to spank her for being bad. This current aria can be taken as genuine love from Zerlina, or it can be a gross display of emasculation, the operatic equivalent of saying, "Aw, did Masetto get a boo-boo?"

Jenna Simeonov
Aria guides: Donde lieta uscì

Aria guides: Donde lieta uscì

Lyric sopranos fall easily in love with the music that Puccini writes for Mimì. As you work with your teacher on this aria, we can help you stay on track.

Jenna Simeonov

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