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March 2017

Cover Story

Mentor, Muse, Mother - The Many Roles of Susan Graham
by Claudia Friedlander

Susan Graham has been wowing audiences and garnering rave reviews for over 20 years—and the Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano shows no signs of slowing down. She started off 2017 singing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and this month she debuts a new role: Mrs. De Rocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Graham is no stranger to this work, of course, since Heggie wrote the main character, Sister Helen Prejean, for Graham when it debuted at San Francisco Opera in 2000. Graham discusses this new role and her new stage of life, as well as her advice for up-and-coming singers, in this exclusive interview.

Special Features

Where I Last Got Paid to Sing - Soprano Chelsea Chaves
by Michelle Latour

Read about one California-based soprano’s recent experience soloing with the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, including why it was a positive experience and why she would do it again.

The Music Major Minute - Singing on the Edge: Using Tension to Help, Not Hinder, Your Voice
by Christi Amonson

Find your edge by taking the risk to find the right amount of tension to achieve what every singer wants—free, beautiful, healthy singing.

Zest For Life - Katelyn MacIntyre
by Michelle Latour

Singer Katelyn MacIntyre has been blind since birth. But she has never let that define her. Instead she shatters stereotypes by not only being an accomplished musician, but also competing in ballroom dance and enjoying horseback riding. Read her inspiring story here.

Hiatus - When a Gap Is a Good Thing
by Jill Anna Ponasik

An interview with Ann Baltz, founder and artistic director of OperaWorks, about the program’s 2017 year off.

The Singer’s Library: - Three-Step Singing Essentials
by Brian Manternach

Karen Bauer’s new book emphasizes the importance of a kinesthetic approach to good singing, but it doesn’t ignore anatomy, physiology, or voice science.

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From the Editor - Left vs. Right (Not Politically Speaking)
by Sara Thomas











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