Voice & Opera

Soprano Linda Watson '79 recently released three new recordings as Brunnhilde in Wagner's Ring, including the film documentary Teatro Colon Ring, a DVD entitled Teatro Colon: Wagner's Ring, and a CD box set of Wagner's Ring with Christian Thielemann, Vienna Staatsoper. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at Chapman University and the AIMS Institute in Graz, Austria. Read more here. 2013-07-02


Brandon Cordeiro '10 finished his Master's degree in Musical Theatre and Acting at New York University in 2012. He will appear in numerous upcoming theater productions, including the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS & Sero Project production of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me in New York City, the musical Across the Pond in Provincetown, MA, and as Sir Lancelot in Monty Python's Spamalot in Sharon, CT. Read more here.  2013-05-16


Ruth HarcovitzRuth Harcovitz '72, President of the NEC Alumni Council, was recently crowned Miss Connecticut 2013 on April 28 and will compete in the National Finals in Atlantic City in October. She sang the Strauss waltz "Voices of Spring" for the talent portion of this competition, which is based on the Miss America model.  While a student in vocal performance at NEC, Ruth was Miss Boston. Read more here. 2013-05-06




photo credit:  FaernE.E. "Chip" Grant IV '96 M.M., Founder, Conductor, and Artistic Director of Urban Opera will make his European directorial debut with the production of the little match girl passion; contemporary composer David Lang's Pulitzer-Prize winning composition.  The production opened to critical acclaim last year gaining praise from the San Francisco Chronicle and A Beast in the Jungle, both of whom independently listed the San Francisco production in their Best Classical Event of 2012 roster.  The opera takes the Hans Christian Andersen story and layers it over the palindrome storytelling structure employed by J.S. Bach in his St. Matthew Passion.  Grant asked butoh style dancer, Anastazia Louise (pictured), to interpret the role of "the little match girl" and brought in award-winning lighting designer Matthew Antaky to help realize the specialized lighting and projections used in the production.  The cast of singers who also accompany themselves on a variety of percussion instruments is comprised of soprano, Jennifer Paulino; mezzo-soprano, Celeste Winant; tenor Eric Maggay Tuan; and bass Sidney Chen, a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Meredith Monk Ensemble, M6.  The production, conducted by San Francisco Lyric Opera's Barnaby Palmer will be presented in April of 2013 at Den Fynske Opera in Odense, Denmark; the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. 2013-03-28