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Subject: Re: Sherrill Milnes Master Class at Arizona Opera & Tosca weekend.
From: David Kubiak <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:David Kubiak <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:10:58 -0500

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Don's post reminds me of a period some twenty years ago when I was doing
interviews for 'Classical Singer' as a kind of hobby.  Invariably what
prominent artists said off the record was much more interesting than what
they would allow in print.  One of them, for example, told me that people
would be very surprised at how many of his colleagues were not particularly
fans of opera, never listened to the great older singers in their 'Fach',
and thought that people like us were close to bonkers.  Sherrill Milnes is
an obvious exception.  Everything I have read from him suggests that he both
knows and loves the great tradition, and is anxious to pass it on.

David Kubiak

>We were presented with a real treat at Arizona Opera last night.  The great
>baritone Sherrill Milnes gave a Master Class with four young singers from
>the Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artists Program at Arizona Opera.  There was
>a capacity crowd and we were not disappointed.  Milnes turned out to be
>charming personally and incredibly patient and giving to the young singers
>he was working with.  The four were Katrina Galka, soprano, Stephanie
>Sanchez, mezzo-soprano, Anthony Ciaramitaro, tenor and Jarred Porter,
>baritone.  It was a nicely balanced group of singers and Milnes offered a
>combination of technical and very practical advise on the ins and outs of
>singing on stage.  He was always to the point, on point but never
>condescending to his young charges.  I've seen lots of master classes and
>this was one of the better ones.  Afterwards there was an audience Q &amp; A
>and he was both charming and disarmingly honest.
>If he per chance is giving a class in your area, you really should attend.
>It brought back lots of memories - I grew up on the Three M's - Milnes,
>MacNeil and Merrill - I could actually add a fourth - Manuguerra.  I was
>scared and spoiled for life.  They just don't make them like this anymore.
>This weekend is the Phoenix performances of Tosca.  Kara Shay Thomson,
>Rafael Davila, and Gordon Hawkins sing Friday and Sunday afternoon.
>Saturday nights cast includes Marcy Stonikas, Marco Cammarota and Aleksey
>Bogdanov.  If you haven't heard him, Bogdanov is the real thing and I think
>in years to come, we will hear great things from him.  It is a big, rich,
>Verdi baritone with an easy top - just the kind we need in the big houses.
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