Spontaneous Russian Opera Workshop faculty reunion. From left Ghena, Sharon and Michele. We attended Curtis Opera Theatre's opening of IOLANTA. I had a blast preparing the opera. So xappy for my Curtis students, both casts were exceptional!
Some years back, I met Galina Vishnevskaya when she was a visiting artist at the Curtis Institute of Music. We were preparing opera students for a concert performance of Eugene Onegin. Galina was a great Russian artist. In this recording she sings Joan of Arc aria from Maid of Orleans by Tchaikovsky. This is exceptional, a must share. Enjoy. - Ghena
I am very excited that my Curtis Institute of Music colleague, opera and voice coach, Don St. Pierre will help us on preparation of Eugene Onegin during June 2011. I can see many opera singers smiling. - Ghena
Here's a fascinating two-part video. Hold on to your seat. Mikael Eliasen is a fearless and colorful personally.
I invited Mikael to give a master class at the Russian Opera Workshop 2011. As usual, he is booked for a few years in advance. We'll plan for 2012.
Recently, Mikael celebrated 25th anniversary as the Artistic Director of the Curtis Opera Theatre and Head of Vocal Studies Department. Curtis' "Overtones" publication honored Mikael with an eloquent article contributed by the Wall Street Journal opera critic, Heidi Waleson.
In Part I, Mikael talks about the 25th anniversary concert, his collaboration with violinist Pamela Frank and Curtis Institute of Music director, violist Roberto Diaz. He talks with great pride of his former students, Leila Claire and Elliot Madore, currently in the Metropolitan Opera Lindeman Program, and current Curtis students who have joined him in the celebration.
Enjoy! - Ghena
In Part II, I talk with Mikael Eliasen about how we listen to music, both for pleasure and in auditions. With 500 applicants for Curtis voice department alone, it is a fascinating look at the audition process.
Enjoy! - Ghena
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