Kiera Duffy – A Soprano Whose Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Kiera Duffy stepped into the Metropolitan Opera limelight when she became a finalist at the 2007 National Council Auditions and was featured as a central character in Susan Froemke’s documentary, The Audition. Four years later she is known for her stellar musicianship and the ability to sing contemporary music with both elegance and ease.

Printed in the November 2011 issue.

The Scoop on Young Artist Program Fees
by Stephanie Adrian
Before you start launching expletives at opera companies as you pull out your checkbook to pay yet one more audition fee, find out the whys and wherefores of those fees.
Printed in the August 2009 issue.

Jennifer Larmore Reinvented
by Stephanie Adrian
Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore began her remarkable career more than 20 years ago. Larmore is still enjoying debuts and new recordings, but she is also branching out into many new entrepreneurial projects. Read about her new group, Jennifer Larmore and Opus Five, and about her children’s books on opera. Larmore also has lots of terrific advice for singers starting out.
Printed in the February 2009 issue.

Angela Brown and Virginia Zeani – Student and Teacher
by Stephanie Adrian
It was fate more than luck that brought Angela Brown and Virginia Zeani together. After meeting in a masterclass, Brown became Zeani’s student. Along with a solid vocal technique, Zeani also passed along to Brown her advice about the business of singing and her insights into various operatic roles. Now these two sopranos, who have both sung the role of Aida, share how this mentor relationship has flourished over the years, benefitting them both.
Printed in the October 2008 issue.

The Inner Workings of an Opera Company – A Primer for Singers
by Stephanie Adrian
Have you ever wished you could get inside a general director’s head in an audition and find out what he or she is really thinking? Well, here’s your chance. Stephanie Adrian reviews a recent Opera America Workshop where general directors shared their thoughts. She followed up two weeks later with Atlanta Opera General Director Dennis Hanthorn, asking more questions singers have always wanted to know from those who do the hiring.
Printed in the May 2008 issue.

Donald Runnicles – Musical Titan to Return to Europe
by Stephanie Adrian
Internationally acclaimed conductor Donald Runnicles is beginning his last season as music director and principal conductor with San Francisco. The Scotsman has his eyes on a new adventure: general music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Runnicles sat down recently with CS’ Stephanie Adrian to discuss the job change, several projects with which he is currently working, and how he views the future of opera.
Printed in the May 2008 issue.

Marketing Mojo at Convention ’07
by Stephanie Adrian
Attendees of the Professional Series can take advantage of three marketing experts in special morning classes each day of the convention. Read what Jo Isom, Mark Stoddard, and Angela Myles Beeching believe singers need to know to help them succeed.
Printed in the April 2007 issue.

Opera Family – A Tale of Two Singers
by Stephanie Adrian
Soprano Cynthia Lawrence and tenor Mark Calkins boast more than 20 years of successful singing careers—and more than 20 years of successful marriage. How do these singers manage to juggle two burgeoning careers, two kids, and a committed relationship? CS contributor Stephanie Adrian sat down with the two singers to find out.
Printed in the February 2007 issue.

Book Review – ‘Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music’ by Angela Myles Beeching
by Stephanie Adrian
Looking for sound ideas and solid career advice from someone who knows the business? Look no further. This recent book from the director of the Career Services Center at the New England Conservatory tells you everything you need to know for creating a “portfolio career.”
Printed in the November 2006 issue.

Got Rhythm?
by Stephanie Adrian
Often it’s through small and simple things that truly great things come about. Therefore, the constant pursuit of great performances and musical excellence often requires going back to the drawing board for a reevaluation of the basics. Here are some great tips to help you perfect the minute details of your repertoire and move ever closer to musical greatness.
Printed in the June 2006 issue.

Ten Epiphanies About the Art of Song
by Stephanie McClure Adrian
Have you heard people say that the song recital is a dying art form? Are you worried they might be right? Dismiss the thought! Shush the naysayers! As this CS contributor learned last summer, the song recital remains in the land of the living. Here are 10 terrific tips to help you make your next recital performance truly unforgettable.
Printed in the January 2006 issue.


“Soprano Mary Dunleavy vividly carries the day in Atlanta Opera’s “La Traviata” (9 March 2013)

“Skylark Vocal Ensemble soars with intimate evening of harmonies to Virgin Mary” (12 February 2013)

“German countertenor Andreas Scholl’s voice hypnotizes in recital at Spivey Hall” (4 December 2012)

“Atlanta Opera Kicks off its season with smart, solid take on Bizet’s Carmen” (12 November 2012)

“Ailing throat doesn’t stop incandescent Kristin Chenoweth from dazzling with vocal versatility”  (25 June 2012) 

Atlanta Opera The Golden Ticket Opera News Online (May 2012) 

Atlanta Opera Don Giovanni – Opera News Online (April 2012) 

“Lyric tenor Charles Castronovo delivers Italian romance to Spivey Hall”  (16 April 2012)

“Young Frankenstein at Cobb Energy evokes spirit of the movie…until the music starts”  (2 April 2012) 

“It’s ‘American Idol’ at Spivey Hall, Metropolitan Opera style, for Southeastern finals” (6 February 2012)

Atlanta Opera Lucia di Lammermoor – Opera News (February 2012)

“Lieder, mélodie flow gracefully from refined mezzo-soprano Susan Graham at Spivey” (23 January 2012)

Atlanta Opera Cosi fan tutte – Opera News Oniline (July 2011)

Atlanta Opera Porgy and BessOpera News Online (June 2011)

North Carolina Opera Tosca – Opera News Online (January 2011)

Atlanta Opera La Boheme – Opera News Online (December 2010)

Atlanta Opera Die Zauberflote – Opera News Online (July 2010)

Atlanta Opera Aida – Opera News Online (May 2010)

Atlanta Opera Orfeo ed Euridice – Opera News Online (February 2010)

Atlanta Opera L’elisir d’amore – Opera News Online (December 2009)

Atlanta Opera Der Fliegende Hollander – Opera News Online (July 2009)

Atlanta Opera Il Trovatore – Opera News Online (May 2009)

Atlanta Opera Akhnaten – Opera News Online (April 2009)

Atlanta Opera La Cenerentola – Opera News Online (February 2009)

Atlanta Opera Madama Butterfly – Opera News Online (December 2008)

Atlanta Opera Le Nozze di Figaro – Opera News Online (July 2008)

Atlanta Opera Cold Sassy Tree – Opera News Online (April 2008)

Atlanta Opera Hansel and Gretel – Opera News Online (February 2008)

Atlanta Opera Turandot – Opera News Online (December 2007)

Atlanta Opera Romeo et Juliette – Opera News Online (April 2007)

Atlanta Opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Opera News Online (February 2007)

Atlanta Opera Pagliacci/Carmina Burana – Opera News Online (January 2007)


“The Impact of Pregnancy on the Singing Voice:  A Case Study” Journal of Singing. (accepted for publication 2010, print date January/February 2012)

“An Introduction to the Art Songs of Andre Previn with Lyrics by Toni Morrison.”  Journal of Singing.  63(1).  September/October 2006.

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