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
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