Sorry about the one that got away!
Yesterday there was a workshop given by Arlen Brewster of OPERA-tunity, the
Arizona opera-in-the-schools company. Since the company is largely made of of
local Met Audition Winners, that is who we expected to hear....until some one
spotted Richard Paul Fink in the hall. Actually he lived in Phoenix during
the years when he was first studying voice and Arlyn was his first coach, so
he does occasionally honor her with a donated performance. This was one of
He began by explaining Andrea Chenier from Gerard's point of view, and then
sang Nemico della Patria with Karlsruhe baritone, Paul Yoder at the piano.
The sheer exhileration of so much wonderful sound rolling over us listeners
like the ocean was incomparable. I certainly hope someday to hear him at
the Met, but this classroom performance was unforgettable..
He continued with some of Jochanaan's more melodic music from Salome, at
which point Yoder said that he would let Sharon Fink, also a fine singer and
capable accompanist, have the honors. She neatly handed it right back to
Yoder, who did a fine job despite the difficulty of the score.
Fink's final operatic selection was Credo in un dio crudel. fronm Otello. He
mentioned that Verdi had considered calling the opera Iago, and noted the
considerable difference in degree iof evil between Gerard and Iago.
Pity the young local audition winner, James Crowley, who had to follow that.
He sang Vesti la Giubba despite claiming that he woke up with laryngitis, and
acquitted himself quite well.
The finale was an open coaching session with Crowley and Yoder on E lucevan le
stelle from Tosca, which covered many of the fine points that are seldom
grasped by the audience. I would hope Arlyn will put on more of these
coaching sessions, as they are tremendously informative.
To sum up it was a fabulous day, full of the most delightful and unexpected
Maria [log in to unmask] Phoenix, Az , where it was 112 today.