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Subject: Marvelous soprano in Manhattan School of Music Program Today
From: David Thompson <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sun, 23 Nov 2008 23:40:37 EST

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Today I attended a program at the Manhattan School of Music. I believe the 
singers, who sang not with an orchestra but with an excellent pianist, were 
postgraduate students. The afternoon was a fine showcase for their talents.

The singer I am flagging in the subject line is named Katrina Saporsantos. 
She had a thrilling range, with lower notes that sounded uncannily like 
Stephanie Blythe. (I Googled her once home and found that she has studied with 

She was featured in three of the scenes performed, or four if one counts the 
two from The Ballad of Baby Doe. (And what a pleasure to see that! They did a 
really polished version that made me wonder if it's on their schedule for 
later this year -- and hope it is.)

She the program's only solo, in Masanet's Le Cid. She sounded great, as did 
the tenor who later joined her, Clayton Hilley.

And the program began with a beautifully sung scene from Maria Stuarda, with 
her in the title role.

The afternoon was very well balanced, lacking most noticeably only brand-new 
and baroque music: The quartet from Fidelio was very well sung; a scene from 
Ballo was sung with force and gusto. 

I was a little disappointed with the Idomeneo. I was happy to hear a scene 
from The Consul but it was a little unfocused. The Merry Widow scene was fine 
and the one from Lucia was beautifully sung.

To my ear, there wasn't a single bad apple among the singers; and how rare is 
that in a two-hour recital! It's pretty rare a professional performance.

Manhattan is becoming an expensive and difficult place to live. Oases like 
this are what make staying here still worthwhile.

And watch for Ms. Saporsantos. I predict a shining career for this young 


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