This weekend I will perform a recent selection from Anthony Davis’ opera Lear on the Second Floor”; which premiered in 2013. Davis has made quite a name for himself around the United States and beyond for his body of work often inspired by many musical styles spanning the modern era. The piece centers around Dr. Nora Lear who is a neuroscience researcher in the early and then later stages of Alzheimers. It is also based on the Shakespeare play King Lear. The music is challenging: some parts beautiful, other parts difficult for the ear to maneuver but all meaningful. In my singing career I have worked on quite a few modern operas and this is no different in its intricacies. As a singer it enables me to tackle vocal nuance and dramatic interpretation as I go in an out of lucidity in the character of Nora.
Alzheimers hits very close to home as I have had three grandparents die from related complications to the disease. It is a terrible sentence and much worse than a physical demise in my estimation. Devastating and debilitating for the patient as well as their loved ones. Opera as a musical form seems a fitting choice to portray this disease as it is full of drama, passion, anger and intensity.
This performance is part of Arias in Ebony; by Opera Project Columbus celebrating the opera works of African American composers. The range is wide and the music moving. A unique classical showing and not to be missed!
Check out this great interview with Opera Project Columbus’ Artistic Director Dionne Parker Bennett! It covers our program this weekend – Arias in Ebony.
It’s not everyday that the world gets to hear a great opera singer but tonight during the Super Bowl they will. Renee Fleming, an exceptional artist, comedienne and lovely person will be singing the National Anthem. As one who has pursued this career with different amounts of vigor in my life it is a special treat to get to hear her tonight. Opera is a musical form that is full of passion and intensity and it stole my heart many years ago as a high school student . I wasn’t raised in a home where anyone knew anything about opera. Although we were introduced to music and given piano lessons among other influences. Renee Fleming was as early influence of mine when singing during my Bachelors program and she has remained a constant on my opera playlist. I have seen her perform several times at the Metropolitan Opera as well as in Pittsburgh at a small intimate recital which was a treat! Quite a few years ago I even had the opportunity to meet Ms. Fleming and she was just as gracious in person as one might expect. Recently I got to see her again on singing the Letterman Top Ten with Opera Hits which was hysterical and fun. As I prepare for my Super Bowl party this evening I hope that the rest of the world especially so many football fans who know little of opera or its powerful and dramatic message may be transported through music tonight if only for the few short minutes of the National Anthem. Long live the opera and kudos to whoever made the choice of Renee.
Coral will be performing as a Live Music Vendor at the The Wedding Experience 2013; sponsored by Columbus Bride and Groom. Each of the four rooms at the event will be themed as one of the four seasons.
Attendees will get to experience a reception feel in each room with different vendors.
Plenty of giveaways as well!
The event will be held from noon to 4pm at the Northpointe Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center. For directions and more information check the event website.