Jane Dutton’s Kundry combines gleaming vocalism and histrionic magnetism.

— The Financial Times

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Singing with a Legend

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Last week, I had the privilege to sing performances of Die Walkure with an amazing cast that included the fantastic Placido Domingo. The man is truly a legend.

A Full Weekend – Tales of Hoffmann & the Mini-Marathon

Friday, May 9th, 2008

mini.jpgLast weekend was a weekend for firsts! I sang my first Giuliettas in “The Tales of Hoffman” and did my first half marathon. Every year, the month of May in Indianapolis is all about the Indy 500 and the “Mini” starts off the festivities! It is the country’s largest half marathon with over 35,000 participants! In the photo, my friend Susan and I cross the finish line!

A Most Unusual Night at the Opera – Pittsburgh Opera

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

I will let the press tell the story!

Lend me a tenor: The ‘Aida’ crisis continues
By Mark Kanny
Friday, April 4, 2008

The saga continues for Pittsburgh Opera’s seemingly cursed production of “Aida.”
Tonight’s performance will present Stephen O’Mara in place of tenor Vladimir Kuzmenko, with Jane Dutton standing in for mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, who has missed two performances and a Wednesday master class because of illness. Both substitutes are on call for the final performance Sunday.

Tuesday night, a novel and radical solution enabled the show to go on for the beleaguered “Aida.”

The company already had faced the all-too-common need to replace a starring performer, in this case Blythe, before performances began March 29. But Tuesday night, tenor Vladimir Kuzmenko’s voice gave out after the third of four acts. Earlier in the day, anticipating his health issues, a substitute tenor was being flown in from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. But his flight was delayed, and he arrived too late.

Only conductor Antony Walker’s ability to sing the tenor part, amplified while conducting in the pit, enabled the audience to experience the opera’s dramatic climax. Kuzmenko lip-synched his role onstage.
While “Aida’s” perfect storm of bad luck might be a bit extreme, star cancellations are not all that unusual within the performing world. How those problems are handled can vary. In the best of all worlds, the show will go on.

More about the evening at:

http://www.metoperafamily.org/operanews/news/pressrelease.aspx?id= 1509

Christmas Shopping in between performances

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

london-030.jpgTook a break today to get started on my Holiday shopping in the Christmas Shoppe at Harrod’s Department Store.

An “Aida” Poster Underground

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

london-019.jpgAn “Aida” poster advertising the run at ENO in the London Underground….there weren’t many of these in the tube stations because the production proved to be a hit with a very quick sell-out!

Gearing up for Opening Night

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

london-007-2.jpgMy dear friend, Kelly Cae Hogan (who is singing in Nabucco in Bremen) and I take in some of the sites of London after the final Aida dress rehearsal.

Enjoying London

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

london-003.jpgOne of my favorite places in London – the pond in Regent’s Park

Aida in Kansas City

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

aida.jpgTaking a break backstage with tenor Arnold Rawls

Dublin, Ireland

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

dublin-001.jpgA beautiful sunny day in Dublin on the campus of Trinity College!