As some of you may have already seen on Facebook, we were thrilled to announce our roster of 2018 Emerging Artists back at the end of February. We can’t wait to welcome (or welcome back) each and every one of these singers to the Hill this summer. Here are some facts and figures about this year’s crop of “pumpkins”, as Darren so affectionately calls them:
- We have 2 international students this summer. Langelihle Mngxati (SMC 2016) hails from South Africa, and new artist Maria Vasilevskaya hails from Russia. Seagle is increasing its reputation around the country and the world!
- Our roster includes a countertenor for the first time in over twenty years. This rare voice type is most commonly heard in Baroque operas like Handel’s Giulio Cesare, where several roles were written for the famous (or infamous?) Italian castrati, men who could sing in a woman’s range. However, more and more new operas are including roles for countertenor (Jonathon Dove’s Flight and Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel to name a few). With Seagle’s commitment to presenting new and recently composed works through the American Center for New Works Development, you might be hearing more countertenors soon.
- And lastly, some fun graphic representations of this summer’s roster:
Want to know more about these fantastic singers before you meet them in June? Visit www.seaglecolony.org/2018-artists.