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drama on a high note and the soprano doesn’t die – verdi’s masked ball

September 10, 2010

Two Concert Performances of Verdi’s UN BALLO IN MASCHERA

Soprano Lisa Daehlin in Concert at Schloss Wolfshagen, Germany, August 2010

Soprano Lisa Daehlin in Concert at Schloss Wolfshagen, Germany, August 2010

Sunday, September 12,2010; 2:30pm
Carnegie East House
1844 2nd Avenue (95th-96th sts.), NYC, NY, USA
AMELIA: Lisa Daehlin
OSCAR: Karole Lewis – ULRICA: Marilyn Spesak
RICCARDO: Dante Fiore – RENATO: Robert Garner
GIUDICE,ETC.: Kevin Courtemanche – SAM/TOM : Peter Heiman
MAESTRO: Richard Nechamkin
Sunday, September 19, 2010; 2pm
Fordham Evangelical Lutheran Church
2430 Walton Avenue, Bronx, NY, USA
AMELIA: Lisa Daehlin
OSCAR: Catherine Heraty  – ULRICA: Jennifer Zarchy
RICCARDO: Dante Fiore – RENATO: William Safkow
GIUDICE,ETC.: Donald Johnston – SAM/TOM: Peter Heiman
MAESTRO: Richard Nechamkin
When I was a kid, I used to think that I’d grow up to look like Barbie (I know, crazy, but go with me on this one). Like many women, I have seen a lot of advertising in my life and, at times, have fallen prey to its overt or covert messages.  At some point, it became apparent to me that I was not going to be 6 feet tall and have that ridiculously rare body which that piece of molded plastic doll would have if she were actually expanded to human size. I must admit that this surprised and (for a time) disappointed me. As fate would have it, the body in which my spirit lives happens to be built more like a tube, a music-making tube to be precise. Thank god for teachers who recognize the signs of a wide jaw, square head, tube-shaped body and what that can sometimes indicate for a singer’s voice type.  Long story short, I’m singing Amelia in Ballo, a role which I’m built to sing. What a pleasure to find a role that fits so well and is a joy to perform.
Oh, a note about the photo above: it was taken after a concert of art song this summer at Schloss Wolfshagen, Germany on which I sang Duparc’s Chanson triste and Von ewiger Liebe by Brahms. To my right is a hint of the collection of Meissen Porcelaine on view in the castle (not at the museum, but I like these bells, not tubes, but I’ll bet they make a lovely sound).  One more thing, yes, the bracelet I’m wearing IS made of Hairpin Lace Crochet (a technique you can learn by taking a class at Cooper Union).
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  1. September 22, 2010 1:28 pm

    And a beeeyoooteeful bod it is, too! You look gorgeous among the porcelain.
    I love what you write–I can hear in it you laughing at French Meadow.

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