Soprano Rachel Blaustein (MM ’15, Voice) was recently named a winner of the Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In Wisconsin, she is in residence with the Florentine Opera, singing the roles of Sylviane in The Merry Widow, Second Woman in Dido & Aeneas, Shepherdess in Venus and Adonis, and Papagena in The Magic Flute. Last spring, she sang in Fort Worth Opera’s Frontier’s Showcase which aims to showcase new opera through selected excerpts sung by professional singers. Blaustein also participated in the Opera America Conference, and just before that sang Peep-Bo in Kentucky Opera’s production of The Mikado.
Stephen Mulligan (MM ’13, Conducting) was featured in Atlanta Arts on November 3. The article, written by Mark Gresham, gives a brief biography of Mulligan before showcasing an interview with the conductor. Mulligan is the newly appointed conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, which opened its season on Sunday, November 5. Mulligan is also the understudy for Robert Spano, the conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra will present a concert featuring works by Brahms and Duruflé on December 3, at 3:00 pm. Led by Jed Gaylin (DMA ’95, Conducting), the concert will also feature mezzo-soprano Monica Reinagel (AD ’94, Voice) and baritone Jason Buckwalter (MM ’06, GPD ’08, Voice), as well as the JHU Choral Society and Baltimore School for the Arts chorus. The concert will take place at the Baltimore War Memorial.
Maggie Finnegan (MM ’10, Voice) will perform Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince with San Francisco company Opera Parallele from December 1-3. She will sing the role of The Water.
Andrew Cooperstock (DMA ’88, Piano) has released a two-disc recording, Leonard Bernstein: Complete Solo Works for Piano on Bridge Records, which features both collections originally written for friends of Bernstein and larger works. His Bridal Suite, for piano four hands, is recorded here for the first time in its entirety. To celebrate Bernstein’s centenary, this recording features works from throughout his career. The recording is a follow up to his previously released Bernstein chamber music recording on Naxos with his duo partner, violinist William Terwilliger know as Opus Two. Cooperstock is professor of piano at the University of Colorado Boulder and will also serve as the artistic director of their upcoming Bernstein 100 festival.