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Archive for March 28, 2014

Stars on the Rise

Tracy Cantin, J'nai Bridges, and Emily Birsan at the Pritzker Pavilion, c. Robert Kusel

The quality of singer at Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center is high enough that it would seem the lines between pro and apprentice have blurred. Even opera’s top singers continue to work with a favorite voice coach; most hope to get better, and probably all would agree that singing is a moving target. On such a continuum, where do the Ryan members stand

Live Broadcast, Good News in Detroit

Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin, c.Donald Dietz

With more than 60% of its population gone, the city has filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in United States history. So many headlines have characterized Detroit as a city in free-fall, one does not expect success stories about Detroit’s Symphony Orchestra. Well. In fact the orchestra is alive and kicking. A recent article featured the Detroit Symphony for having “the most ambitious free web-streaming program of any major American orchestra.”