Sopranos! is a concert format and series of videos that pays homage to the great classical sopranos.
The project serves to highlight the talents and performance techniques of these amazing women whose legacies I fear are in danger of being overlooked. It demonstrates the unique contribution that each has made to the art of classical singing.
Centered on performances by myself and guests, each event or recording will feature anecdotes and insights into the lives of these fascinating women. They led extraordinary and often turbulent lives. They gave and risked everything for their art and their audiences in the highly competitive, and sometimes ruthless, arena of international opera.
As a successful and experienced soprano, I offer my perspective on their personalities, careers, and technical prowess; what made them so special; what made each unique with regard to her voice; the challenges they faced; and the business into which they had to fit. I want to continue in my quest as performer, artist, and teacher to inspire, and to ignite the interest and curiosity of audiences.
Researching, studying, and listening to their recordings has always been part of my own process of preparing for performances. Sopranos! continues to inform and deepen my experience as a singer and performer, and I am delighted to share that experience with you.
From Handel to Cohen
FROM HANDEL TO COHEN is a series of home-recorded videos of a varied range of repetoire. This is a new and challenging medium of performing for me, but it is one which most musicians are embracing since the Covid19 restrictions.
I am singing a varied genre of music from classical songs and arias, popular songs, and ballads…basically songs of all types that I have loved listening to over the years. That is why I have called the project “From Handel To Cohen”.
I have always listened to and enjoyed an ecclectic range of music, apart from classical. The music chosen gives me personally, a lot of pleasure which I hope to share with you. Because I will be performing with a classically trained voice, some of the more ‘popular’ songs songs may not be what you are expecting to hear. But hopefully, my rendition of any given song might resonate Either way, it is exciting trying out something new with you!
Learning the basics of audio and video recording is a totally new language in itself and necessary for social media. Home-recording may not be ideal (as yet) but it does offer me an intimate performance opportunity to explore and share with you. For me, a live performance will always be my first choice, but I hope to develop a different yet still viable method of performance which will have its own place.
It would be nice to hear from you as to what you liked or felt worked or if you have suggestions I could try out…always welcome.