So here I am, slurping noodles over my lunchtime web browse, when I click on what looks like a profile of a hip-hop artist. Imagine my surprise when it’s a glimmering profile of the Met competition finalists, including Michelle Johnson, the gorgeous soprano who was the only female among the winners. I overlapped with her at BU, where I remember Renee Fleming coaching her on one of her winning arias, “Io son l’umile ancella” from Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur, which you can hear in the Times article about the competition.
So nice to know someone who’s doing so very well for herself! I can gripe for eternity about opera’s iron triangle (conservatories, opera companies, managers), and the system does not serve larger voices (like Michelle’s) very well. But for those on the top of their game at the right moment in their lives (i.e. , under the competition age limit of 30) it’s just magical to see it work out. Cheers Michelle, to the stars!