Cinderella Mishaps: Websites for your Recital Wardrobe

Dear Miss Purdy, Despite the 14 inches of snow in Washington state or the Polar Vortex that recently overtook the midwest, SPRING IS UPON US…. which can only mean one thing… RECITAL SEASON We, next door, are in the furious flurries of finishing finalizing festivities for fulfilling…. I give up. We need to sing recital…

Treat Yourself: Fancy Breakfasts for an Opera Singer on the Go!

Dear Miss Purdy, Our schedules have been a little haywire lately. While preparing to go back to school, we’re finishing out contracts for summer programs as well as preparing for the next onslaught of auditions. While we’re working 50 hour weeks between our two non-musician jobs and running to rehearsals at 6pm, we’re getting home…

In the mind of Logan Contreras: Creator of the Kassia Database

“…to find the unique voices and expansive styles of each individual composer, all available at your fingertips.” In this edition of Dear Miss Purdy, we reached out to Logan Contreras, who is breaking new ground on the journey to bring forth and celebrate women composers. There is now a single source to search for art songs created by…

Filipino Theatres: As described by Sir Anril Pineda Tiatco

*Denotes items with footnotes in “‘My American Dream’: Dreaming of Broadway and the West End”. ** Denotes items with footnotes in “Performing Like a Concert King or Queen: Producing Original Filipino Musicals”. A chance to spend a night at the theater was one to write home about. Literally. Shows being performed on Broadway and West…

Lalaine, Mahal Kita: Discussing Western Influence on Filipino Popular Culture

In this interview, Lalaine Bennett-Skievaski-Wong* sits down with her niece, Sarah-lynn Bennett, to discuss celebrity culture and Western influence on the film industry in the Philippines.  *Lalaine wished to have her name printed with the names from both of her marriages. Film Making So, was making films in the Philippines at all like the big,…

Singer of the Week: Brenda Rae

Dear Miss Purdy, We would like to apologize for the panicked screams and late night Friends reruns that you hear coming from the walls of our home. The school year has officially begun again, which has us all feeling like… … and while we are in the midst of figuring out not only our class…

Favorite Opera Moments: Romantic Italian Opera, Part One

Dear Miss Purdy, Summer is upon us! FINALLY. We will soon all be off to our designated summer opera programs and you will have a couple months of absolute silence. To celebrate, we have compiled our favorite romantic, Italian, operatic moments from an opera by Gaetano Donizetti. NOTE: We’re referring to the romantic period as…

Women Composers: Let’s Talk about Rebecca Clarke

“I found that I could never work when I was in love.” -Rebecca Clarke on composition  It’s time to talk about one of the greatest untapped potentials in all of compositional history. Born August 27, 1886 to Joseph Clarke and Agnes Helferich in Harrow England; this is Rebecca Clarke. Biography Rebecca Clarke began her studies at…

Singer of the Week: Bryan Hymel

Dear Miss Purdy, We are in the midst of what feels like HELL ON EARTH… … also known as tech week. That being said, there’s so much stress on our bodies and minds right now and we deserve some decompression. It’s time to relax by reminding ourselves of the greats and enjoying what the hard…

Save your Skin: Tech Week Edition

Dear Miss Purdy, Have you ever noticed how most makeup-wearing people have a daytime/nighttime makeup routine? I would like to introduce you to the daytime/nighttime/opera-attending/opera-performing/contest-performing/contest-attending/concert-performing/ concert-attending/ sometimes-I-have-to-look-like-a-man makeup routine. Here are some tips to keep your skin from retaliating against you in the midst of all things Tech. If you’ve ever, ever set a character…