Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Soprano Goode Cooper Selected for Resident Ensemble

Jennifer Goode Cooper, who starred as the title role in "Susannah" for the Toledo Opera last season, has been selected as one of six singers who will comprise the Resident Ensemble for American Opera Projects' Composers & the Voice training program.

The singers will spend a year working collaboratively with composers and librettists who have received fellowships to develop skills for writing for the voice and contemporary opera stage, according to an AOP press release.

The Resident Ensemble was selected by Composers & the Voice Artistic Director Steven Osgood based on their superior technical and musical skills, as well as their commitment to developing and performing new works.

The Resident Ensemble will be joined by returning Music Directors Mila Henry, Kelly Horsted, and Charity Wicks to collaborate on creating new material by the composer and librettist fellows. Singers will each explain how their particular voice works throughout its range, addressing issues of tessitura, negotiating the passagio, demands for vowel modification, and how these affect their performance of text.

Toledo Opera Guild wishes Goode Cooper all the best!

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