From January, 2012

Guest Blogger: Soprano Janai Brugger

I find it fascinating and inspiring to talk to that top 1% of singers who are “making it” in the incredibly difficult field of opera singing.  Janai Brugger is a member of the the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at LA Opera.  She’s won spots in training programs like the Steans Music Institute and Merola.  Next month Janai will sing the role of Juliette with Palm Beach Opera and she’ll sing Musetta at Los Angeles Opera in May.  I asked Janai questions about how a singer finds ideal repertoire for his/her unique voice and how she works to share her own unique gifts and talents.  JB: …

Susan Graham in Atlanta

Graham’s Atlanta recital yesterday afternoon was truly flawless.  Her unifying theme was “ladies” and she covered it all:  the Virgin Mary, Goethe’s Mignon, Ophelia and Lady Macbeth… My review was posted this evening on ArtsCriticATL. Review: Lieder, mélodie flow gracefully from refined mezzo-soprano Susan Graham at Spivey Hall January 23, 2012 By Stephanie Adrian   Susan Graham in Salzburg, Austria. Choosing repertoire for a voice recital is like hosting a dinner party and planning a multi-course meal for a hundred of your closest friends. Or, in this case, a nearly sold-out house at Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall, where world-renowned…