The INSeries will present A Fairy Queen, an episodic podcast opera in the style of a classic radio drama based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with concept and creation by Timothy Nelson (BM ’04, Composition), featuring Voice Professor Carl DuPont as Demetrius/Bottom, Brittani McNeill (GPD ’15, Voice) as Helena/Snug, Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Ensemble) as Hermia/Flute, and John T.K. Scherch (MM ’17, Voice, Pedagogy) as Narrator. The podcast will air in September.
Composition Professor Du Yun was one of several composers invited by The New York Times to pick the music that moves them in “5 Minutes That Will Make You Love 21st-Century Composers.” In addition to her picks, her work San was, coincidentally, also picked by a fellow contributor.
OPERA America has announced that nine companies will be awarded $100,000 in grants for commissioning operas by female composers. The recipients include Beth Morrison Projects for Composition Professor Du Yun’s “In Our Daughter’s Eyes.” “In Our Daughter’s Eyes” is a one-man opera featuring baritone Nathan Gunn. It will appear in the 2021 PROTOTYPE Festival followed by a west coast premiere with LA Opera.
Andrew Bohman (BM ’20, Composition), Colin Sorgi (BM ’09, GPD ’13, Violin), and David Sexton (BM ’19, Voice; BM ’20, Recording Arts) were interviewed this story in The Baltimore Sun, More than ‘just turning on a camera’: How some of Baltimore’s liveliest classical music livestreams are made, which examined the skills musicians need to live stream concerts.