Kentucky Opera provides dozens of chorus members with paid singing positions in each and every one of our season productions, and MACBETH is no exception. The opening production of the BROWN-FORMAN 2015/16 SEASON will have 32 talented singers in addition to the extraordinary voices of our Main Stage performers. This week, we caught up with three of our esteemed MACBETH chorus members to learn more about their relationship with Kentucky Opera, singing, and the arts.
Kentucky Opera was happy to welcome Mary back to the stage in 2013, after an almost twenty year hiatus. “I sang in numerous productions under Thompson Smiley in the early 1990s,” says Mary. “In the past two years, I have performed in SIMON BOCCANEGRA and FIDELIO. MACBETH is my third production since my return.”
Mary chose to come back to Kentucky Opera after raising her children because she says, “Singers with voices ‘of a certain size’ almost always have to hold back and modify significantly when singing in a group. Kentucky Opera is one place I never have to do that. I also love working with Chorus Master Lisa Hasson and Maestro Joseph Mechavich.”
Mary holds a Bachelor Degree in Vocal Performance from Western Kentucky University, and will be featured as the soprano soloist with the Louisville Master Chorale on October 25, 2015. When not singing, Mary enjoys traveling to see her daughters perform on stage.
Kentucky Opera was first introduced to Alyssa back in 2007 when she performed in the children’s chorus of TURANDOT. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kentucky and, after her wedding in January and move to Los Angeles, hopes to perform with the LA Opera chorus.
“I auditioned for MACBETH because the show is incredible,” says Alyssa. “The chorus is challenging, but also important to the story line. I also love how many characters the choristers get to become, from witches to refugees—there’s so much range.”
Alyssa’s favorite part of the rehearsal process is tech week. “It’s always exhausting, but it’s the first time you get to experience things you’ve only been imagining like sets and costumes,” she says Alyssa.
Erin Wilcox is a Kentucky Opera veteran, having performed in thirteen productions. Erin’s first experience as a singer was with a children’s chorus at age 9. She has already auditioned for our upcoming production of SHOW BOAT.
“Every Kentucky Opera production is exciting and different, both in content and experience,” says Erin. “Opera is my happy place––where else can an adult get to sing their guts out, wear great costumes, and be their friends all at the same time?”
When not performing with Kentucky Opera, you can find Erin singing at St. Matthews Baptist Church nearly every Sunday. “Singing makes me feel connected to other people,” says Erin. “It’s an extremely emotional experience for me, and I am so thankful for that. ”
We hope you’ve enjoyed the opportunity to get to know a few of our wonderful chorus members a little better. To hear these lovely ladies, and the entire Kentucky Opera chorus, purchase your tickets for our premiere of MACBETH by clicking HERE.