“He will be remembered as one of the best tenors in the world, but we both went into opera just because we loved to sing, not for the big career and the fame.” –Mirella Freni, Italian soprano
Luciano Pavarotti stands as one of the influential tenors of the 20th century. In this class we will explore the life, work, and voice of this extraordinary singer.
We will listen to video and audio clips throughout Pavarotti’s career (which spanned over 40 years). We will discuss the evolution of Pavarotti’s singing: his early influences, his rise to international fame and cross over to popular music styles. In addition, we will debate the paradoxes of fame within the opera industry, and the creation of an opera superstar.
Annina Hsieh is a Boston-based soprano and educator. Praised for her sensitivity as a performer, Hsieh strives to connect with audiences in opera and recital settings, and was the 2019 winner of the Handel and Haydn Society’s Barbara E. Maze Award for Musical Excellence. She completed her Master of Music in Voice Performance at Cleveland Institute of Music, and her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Ithaca College.
As a teacher, Hsieh works with students to develop and use their natural voice to express themselves through song. Hsieh believes that, above all, lessons should be tailored to each student’s learning style and musical goals. She works with beginning and advanced students of all ages and has taught students in classical, musical theater, jazz, folk, and pop repertoire.