Wonderful news - I've been offered 2 amazing Contralto lead roles this month! The first is the title charcater Miss Todd in Menotti's The Old Maid & the Thief...
In triple Franco-Anglo news, I'm being featured in some great magazines this winter: as a model as well as an author with a bilingual article on fat shaming and body issues in opera in Alizé La Vie; then a commissioned editorial on revolutions in women's fashion for Paris-based Ronde & Glamour; and finally an amazing, touching interview I did with a local Buffalonian for the SCAR Project will be out in winter 2015 Black & White issue of bilingual Volup2 - Paris-based magazine founded by WNY-native Velvet d'Amour.
So much amazing news has come in this week! To start, I am beyond elated to be performing onstage with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Bartok's chamber opera Bluebeard's Castle. The stunning set from the Seattle production is by Dale Chihuly! Read more about this amazing collaboration in The News, Business First, Artvoice and Buffalo Rising.
In equally amazing news, I've been selected to walk in Uptown Fashion Week in NYC, in the first-ever Plus Showcase for this high fashion, avant-garde show. Read this article in the NY Daily News about the high profile event! Check out my Press page for the latest video and image links.
In the meantime, I'm being flown out to NYC this weekend (during MBNYFW no less) for my fit model job - the designer is in from LA! And to wrap it up? A few smaller job offers including opera roles (more info soon), blogging, and another magazine cover...
On November 21 and 22, I'm singing the lead role of Madame de Croissy (Contralto) in Opera Sacra's production ofDialogues des carmélites (in English). This kicks off their 40th Anniversary year; Carmelites was Opera Sacra's first production 40 years ago, so I'm proud to be a part of this great event -- one of my favorite composers no less! UPDATE: I'm no longer singing Friday 26th September for The Opera Foundation of Buffalo, Inc's Fall Spanish-themed concert. Please go and support this wonderful group!
And for my third Lecture during National Opera Week for OperaBuffs of WNY? I'm presenting on portrayals of witchcraft, magic and folk religions in opera; and singing arias from Ulrica, Dido's Sorceress, and Carmen reading the tarot cards. A good thing for the morning after Halloween... see you there, Wayward Sisters.
Some great new singing gigs have come in... stay tuned for more details as they surface. First I'll be joining Opera Sacra for the Alto solos in Caldara's late Baroque Stabat Mater on Good Friday. Then in late May, I'm performing again at the Opera Foundation of Buffalo's Annual Spring Gala. I'm delighted to lecture again during National Opera Week 2014 as part of the OperaBuffs of WNY's Lecture Series on November 1. Finally, I'm presenting a special lecture on The Seven Singing Sutherland Sisters at Forest Lawn's Sunday In The Cemetery Chapel Concert & Lecture Series; it will be during Women's History Month 2015. Naomi, one of the sisters, was a world-famous Bass singer.
Here's a holiday mish-mash... This month I'm leading a session in Model Boot Camp 101 to young and aspiring models. I've also been asked by Opera Sacra to sing at their Verdi-Wagner bicentennial gala concert. For opera lovers, we invite you to watch the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Buffalo/Toronto District) on Jan 4th. I'll be singing in New Year's Day services at St. Paul's as well. In the background, I'm producing Model & Opera demo reels with the good folks at Arlington Place Pictures. In the meantime check out this featured Spotlight Model interview.
It's been a while since I updated the News section, but not for lack of exciting new information... modeling has taken up lots of my time time lately! Although I was able to combine singing and modeling in Venice, after our performance of Un Vespro Venexiano I met a photographer and squeezed off a photoshoot. Now, in addition to walking in many local shows in WNY, I'm very proud to be a part of the video-based Confidence is the Key Project, managed by Evolve and Skorch magazines, bringing together plus models and fashion insiders from around the world, sharing their stories of confidence. And I've been invited back by OperaBuffs of WNY to give a Lecture during National Opera Week on the pre-history of opera. Vocális Chamber Choir will embark on a professional tour of England in summer 2014, playing amazing venues in and around the capitol. I'm excited for another season with this fantastic ensemble in the WNY and Niagara region. In the meantime, I'm taking small solo gigs at services (including a professional position at St. Paul's Schola Cantorum), fundraisers and private events, which has been fun. And starting in late October, I'll be onstage with Diva By Diva at the award-winning O'Connell & Company. This cabaret style all-female performance celebrates its Sweet 16 this year in WNY's longest running show.
This September, I'm heading to Venice to perform (as Alto) Monteverdi Vespers 1640 with full Baroque consort under Philip Thorby again, in the Scuola di San Rocco. I've also joined the Schola Cantorum at St Paul's as a professional singer; we'll be doing great works from the 16th, 17th and 20th c British choral tradition during the services. Finally I've become one of the Divas at O'Connell & Company, joining the troupe Diva by Diva, an all-female performance in WNY's longest running show.
Some exciting news from the local opera world: I've been appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions Buffalo/ Toronto! Our District is part of the Great Lakes Region and draws singers from all over The US and Canada. In other news, I will be reprising the opera recital A Musical Journey Through the Mediterranean for OperaBuffs on April 13th, and have also been invited by an opera foundation to portray Carmen at a private concert in early May.
Get ready Buffalo - The Winking Women of Whimsy... (...or 2 Snarky Broads and a Dude) are coming! Due to a generous grant from the University of Wisconsin, Oberlin alumnae Mezzo Julie Cross, DMA ('99) and myself ('97) will share a selection of sarcastic, snarky and tongue-in-cheek solo songs & duets spanning 5 centuries of opera, art songs and jazz on Saturday 8 June. Featuring all sorts of keyboards from Robert Hull. We've also been invited with our trio, including superstar opera mezzo Katherine Ciesinski, to present a scholarly Lecture-Recital at the biennial Feminist Theory and Music Conference 12, July 31-August 4, in Clinton, NY. We're excited to share our research about low female voices, and I'll be demonstrating with a range of Mezzo, Tenor, Baritone and Bass arias. I talk a bit about the genesis of this concert series in my Buffalo Rising Sounds of Buffalo interview; listen to this extended radio interview about the eventwith Peter Hall at Classical 94.5 (WNED).
Tune into WNED the last week of the month, I'm featured in two radio interviews with Classical FM 94.5's Peter Hall, talking about National Opera Week in WNY, the opportunities for classical music in Buffalo, some info about low-voiced females, and my own career and opera recitals the first week in November. Listen to 94.5FM on the radio or check out both clips anytime here.
I've joined the casts of a feature movie filming locally, the award-winning script Give and Take: more info can be found in the Events calendar. And in opera news, I'll be helping out the chorus of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda for Opera Sacra in mid-November, details to follow...
I'm really pleased to announce that in addition to the amazing Vocalis Chamber Choir, I've also joined Harmonia Chamber Singers, and Vox Lumine. Harmonia is doing great collaborations with some of WNY's top ensembles and venues this coming year, and we'll be recording Victoria Requiem for CD release. Vox Lumine is a new emerging professional vocal ensemble for Western New York and the Canadian Niagara/ Toronto region; all the members are professional singers with music degrees. Check out the Events calendar for more info on all events with these great groups.
I'm excited that I've recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of Nickel City Opera in Buffalo, NY. NCO was founded by WNY native and Met baritone Valerian Ruminski, read more on the website and in this press release. In addition, I'm the newest Tenor in Buffalo's top chamber choir Vocalis -- this group is made up of professional singers and gives around 10 concerts a year.
This week alone -- I've been cast in the lead role in a short film called Cassandra's Cleaning, which will film around York all this week. In addition, I am submitting an abstract for an academic journal about the history of low female voices; I'm doing a magazine interview; lots of rehearsals & performance for a choral concert... and more great news to follow shortly!
Lots of news so far this month... I was just booked as one of three plus models in The British Bridal Exposition Harrogate, the largest and most prestigious bridal exhibition in Europe! It's a 3-day trade show for industry insiders and gets massive international press. I'm featured in issues of Just as Beautiful, and Anti-Body magazines coming out this week. I did an interview with Psychologies Magazine and after the photoshoot is scheduled I'll know when the issue's coming out. I was appointed Head Event Coordinator for the history-making catwalk show Curves in Couture that Models of Diversity is running in November, featuring top international plus models wearing high fashion. And finally, I'll be singing with Vivaldi's Women at the East Finchley Music Fest in early October.