Sybaritic Singer, a blog by mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen (MM ’09, Voice), will present the fifth season of 29 Days to Diva, a month-long series highlighting the micro-actions that classical musicians can make to systematically move their careers forward. An extension of 29 Days to Diva can be found on the Sybaritic Singer’s podcast series, Studio Class.
A trailer for On the Threshold of Winter, a live opera film by Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) featuring Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice), conducted by Tito Muñoz, directed by James Matthew Daniel, and filmed at the Peabody Institute, is available on YouTube. On the Threshold of Winter is set to be released this fall and has been praised as “a work of great originality, daring, and disturbing power” by The Baltimore Sun and “searing” by The New York Times. Watch the trailer here.
Seen/Heard Trio– mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen (MM ’09, Voice); Erika Boysen, flute; Jennifer R. Ellis, harp- will be in residence at University of North Carolina Greensboro from February 26-March 5. The trio will perform a recital on Friday, March 3 at 7:30 pm. Ms. Ihnen will also give a presentation titled “Rainmaking: The Business of Music.”
Peabody Chamber Opera’s production of Women in the Dark received a positive review from Raychel Harvey-Jones of MD Theatre Guide. The review states, “An excellent compilation of operas directed by Courtney Kalbacker. Each one capturing those moments we all face in life as if we are feeling around in the dark looking for the light. A fantastic combination of three operas encompassing a cross-dressing husband, cupid’s badly aimed arrow, and the all-consuming pressure of being a woman.” Read the full review here.
Soprano Maggie Finnegan (MM ’10, Voice), a former student of Stanley Cornett, has won the Washington Award from the S&R Foundation in Washington, D.C. The S&R Washington Award recognizes talented emerging artists in all disciplines and supports talented individuals with high aspirations in the arts, sciences, and social entrepreneurship. The award is especially intended for emerging artists of great ability and potential who are looking towards the next stages in their creative development. Ms. Finnegan was awarded $5,000 and will be honored at a gala in Washington, D.C., on June 24.