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.
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.
James Harp (BM ’81, MM ’82, Voice), as artistic director of The Modell Lyric, has announced the 2018 Sunday Serenades Series. The series will feature Stephanie Blythe, Patricia Racette, and Nathan Gunn.
Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) is the subject of American Visionary, a Utah festival that celebrates his artistry with presentations of three evening-length works – The Vanishing Pavilions, Last Autumn, and On the Threshold of Winter – January 29 to February 1. On the Threshold of Winter will also receive its Chicago premiere with Ensemble Dal Niente and Ah Yong Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice), January 18 and 20.