Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Washington National Opera's Artist of the Year

On April 28, the Washington National Opera Board of Trustees and General Director Placido Domingo named mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong Artist of the Year.

Publicopiniononline.com reports:
Past Washington National Opera artists of the year include Frederica von Stade, Herry Hadley, Denyce Graves, conductor John Mauceri and most recently Sarah Coburn.
Two items of note here:

First, I pretty much think they meant Jerry Hadley as opposed to Herry Hadly.

Second, if the name Sarah Coburn sounds familiar it's because her Dad is none other that Republican Senator Tom Coburn from Oklahoma. This is the same Tom Coburn who offered an amendment to the Economic Recovery Act that said:
“None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, art center, and highway beautification project.”
And that's all I'm saying.

Back to the item at hand: DeShong made her WNO debut in November 2009 as the composer in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.

A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Curtis Institute of Music and Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center, DeShong has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and others.

This summer DeShong can be seen as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with the Santa Fe Opera.

Congrats Ms. DeShong!

[Photo: Larry Lapidus]

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