Brabble: Even the Opera is Political - Episode 26

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July 28, 2020

We've Got Issues, Girl

Even the Opera is Political - Episode 26




Caroline Miller and Mary Cloud, two opera singers join the podcast this week, and you’re probably thinking, what does opera have to do with politics? Well, turns out - A LOT!!

Where would we be now without the insight and hope gained from the arts, especially generated by young people? Off The Beaten Path had the joy of presenting such gifts last fall in the extraordinary concert by the Sphinx Virtuosi ensemble. They gave us our inaugural theme: “For Justice and Peace.” We thank them for that inspiration. We turn a new page with a virtual presentation of a perhaps overlooked celebration of justice: 100 years of Women’s Suffrage in the US. The 2019-20 Toledo Opera Resident Artists are ending their year in Toledo (and at St. Michael’s in the Hills choir) with a burst of creativity, celebration, and learning. Join us for a virtual treat in the series of videos that tell the story, “Nevertheless She Persisted.” The virtual concert will be a three part series. Tune in on August 12, 19, and 26th on the St. Michaels in the Hills FB page to hear "Nevertheless She Persisted".

About Our Guests

Caroline Miller is a “warm soprano [with] emotional bite,” praised as a compelling singer-actor with vocal flexibility and dramatic intensity, who is “especially adept at comedy.” In the 2019-2020 season, Caroline was a Resident Artist with Toledo Opera, appearing as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel vs the Witch, the Plaintiff in Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury (canceled due to COVID-19) and Lady-In-Waiting and First Witch in Monk Tarrots' new production of Verdi's Macbeth. In the 2020-2021 season, Caroline returns to Toledo Opera as Valencienne in Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow.

Caroline is Co-Founder & Artistic Director of The Pleiades Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to championing women's stories through opera, film and original music-theater projects. With The Pleiades Project, Caroline has expanded her artistic talents outside of performance, embracing her interdisciplinary skills as a director, writer, programmer and producer. She produced and starred in the short-film Così, excerpted from W.A. Mozart's Così fan tutte, which was named an official selection of the NY Indie Theatre Film Festival. Caroline directed the entirety of the 24 Series, a collection of videos based on the 17th and 18th-century song collection, Twenty-Four Italian Songs & Arias. For the 2020-2021 season, Caroline will premiere A Women's Suffrage Splendiferous Extravaganza!, a vaudevillian revue celebrating and problematizing the US women's suffrage movement, through a generous grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Caroline has a BA in English Literature and Music from Washington University in St. Louis and an MM in Vocal Performance & Literature from Eastman School of Music. She resides in Washington Heights with her bluegrass-playing husband and her un-impressed pitbull Maya.

Mary Cloud

One of the amazing artists that will be singing in our virtual concert is Mary Cloud, a mezzo-soprano from Atlanta, Georgia. She was Lady to Lady Macbeth and was a Toledo Opera Resident Artist for the 2019-2020 season as well as a member of our St. Michael’s choir. Ms. Cloud performed the role of Despina (Così fan tutte) at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and the Metro Detroit Opera Workshop. She also sang the role of the Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte) at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. She holds degrees from Loyola University, New Orleans (MM) and Indiana University, Bloomington (BM).

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