Til There Was You : A Tribute to Barbara Cook

Today, the music world lost a legend. That term is often tossed around rather lightly, but in the case of Barbara Cook, it is supremely fitting. No one who has the claim of originating Cunegonde in Candide, Marian in The Music Man, & Amalia in She Loves Me; who has given fantastic, award-winning performances as Julie in Carousel, Anna in The King & I, as...[ read more ]

Exciting News!

I'm thrilled to announce that I will be making my house debut with St. Petersburg Opera Company in one of my favorite roles, singing #QueenoftheNight in their 2018 production of #Mozart's #TheMagicFlute! Queen was my first-ever #opera role, when I sang it at Purchase Opera, Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. ✨ ✨ Since then, I've returned as a guest artist...[ read more ]

Living Lieder

Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan, der aber traf. I owe a much belated debt of gratitude to my college vocal coach, Oksana. When I was preparing for my senior year recital, I remember mentioning to my vocal coach  that I wanted to do Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben (A Woman's Love and Life) song cycle. It begins with the...[ read more ]

To my dear friend Brian Asawa (Oct. 1, 1966- April 18,2016)

It has been a whole year since we lost you (far too soon). Your wit, smile, friendship, and talent are missed every day. Your late-night phone calls to inform me what role I MUST learn next always made me feel special, and how much you believed in me. You had an ability to make whoever you were talking to, whoever...[ read more ]

It’s dangerous to go alone!

I take being an #operageek very seriously. One of my lifelong loves is the Legend of Zelda series; awhile back I'd asked the lovely Abby Markov about her making me a Triforce pendant. You can read the story here: View post on imgur.com

THE #OPERAGEEK ON THE NEA ELIMINATION PROPOSAL

Hello again, and happy Saturday! I wrote the following essay/post waaaaaay back in January, when it was merely rumoured that the current administration would attempt to eliminate the NEA and the NEH. However, now that the budget has been officially proposed, I feel it is worth a share here as well; please feel free to share it on, as I...[ read more ]

Operatawk!

On August 17, I had the joy of joining James Mowdy (@JamesJetsOften on Twitter & Instagram of b|spoke branding for his lovely #OperaTawk series! I hope you will all enjoy it! You can enjoy the video by clicking the link in the tweet below! #Operatawk with @KelliSoprano. 🗣✨🎶 #Opera #NYC https://t.co/rQySZ1SVcV — James Mowdy (@JamesJetsOften) August 17, 2016

All you ever wanted to know about opera….

Hi there! Most of you may know I'm the opera columnist at On Stage Blog, but I thought I'd give a little introduction and refresher for people who may be newer!   In May of 2016, On Stage editor-in-chief Chris Peterson asked if I'd like to write a column about the opera world for the site. On Stage has grown...[ read more ]