Page 47 - Classical Singer magazine 2019 Fall University Issue
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Dichterliebe with Ian Bostridge at Merkin Concert Hall and working on La bohème with Maestro Antonio Pappano at the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme.
Dream Job: “As far as a dream job, one of the best/most di cult things about being an opera pianist is the fact that our careers are often cobbled together by a combination
of luck and skill. There is no speci c job title I covet in particular, and I hope it remains that way. Let’s just say I hope mine gets cobbled together all over the world with people I love working with, that I’m always kept on my toes, and that I never stop learning.”
Most Played Song on Your Playlist: “Exactly How I Feel” recorded by Lizzo
Name: Megan Esther Grey, mezzo-soprano
Age: 25
Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Training: Degrees include an MM in voice from the University of Northern Iowa and additional summer training at the Chautauqua Opera
Company, the Merola Opera Program, and the Wolf Trap Opera company.
Big Break: “My big break was actually a fracture of
my big toe on my right foot, which I broke in front of the  nal panel for the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program by falling down the stairs of List Hall in my tall, skinny heels. I’m glad I was holding onto the railing (always use that railing!). I was ill with a sinus infection and also had a fever, and it was a turning point given that I was able to overcome all of these random obstacles in the heat of battle! I left with a new sense of purpose even before  nding out I had been accepted into the program.”
Career Highlights: Appearing as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butter y and the Second Lady in The Magic Flute at the Met and Der Trommler in Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Wolf Trap Opera.
Dream Roles: Amneris in Aida and Charlotte in W erther.
Most Played Song on Your Playlist: “I Belong to You (+Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix)” recorded by Muse
Name: Gabriella Reyes, soprano Age: 26
Hometown: Meriden, Connecticut
Megan Esther Grey
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Voice & Choral Programs
BM in Music Education, Performance, more BA in Music: Flexibility for Double-Majors
MM in Performance, Conducting, Music Education, more
Ensembles: Seven including Chamber Choir, Women’s Choir, Opera Workshop
Faculty: William Hite, Marjorie Melnick, Jamie-Rose Guarrine, Tony Thornton, Director of Choral Studies
January 25, February 1 & 8 Information/Admissions/Visits:
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