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Artist spotlight: Rachel Mills

Name: Rachel Mills
Voice Part/Title/Instrument: Soprano
Most Recent Role with Opera Grand Rapids: Papagena, The Magic Flute
Production Year: 2018

Where are you originally from?
I moved around a lot as a kid,

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Rigoletto’s Stephen Gaertner on embodying a character, maturing into a role & more

 

Since his Metropolitan Opera debut as Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in October 2007, American baritone Stephen Gaertner has emerged as an artist to watch in the operatic world. His other roles at the Met have included Melot in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde,

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Q&A with The Barber of Seville Conductor Maestro Leonardo Vordoni

“Leonardo Vordoni’s musical direction was faultless, the Italian conductor bringing lively tempos, idiomatic pacing, and attentive detailing… with scrupulous balancing of ensembles and chorus throughout.” – Chicago Classical Review

“The very enjoyable performance redounded to the credit of rising conductor Leonardo Vordoni, who jumped in with zero orchestral rehearsal and gave a cogent,

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Q&A with The Barber of Seville Director Bernard Uzan

Uzan’s 400 productions have graced the stages of one hundred opera companies in North America, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and South America. He has also co-designed more than fifty productions.

 

Bernard Uzan, a native of France, is a graduate of the University of Paris where he earned doctorates in literature,

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