Did you know that opera singers don’t use microphones? The first time I heard this, sitting in the peanut gallery at Seattle Opera, I could hardly believe it. How could those musical artists stroll around belting out long tragic phrases about sex, death and betrayal at each other, their voices soaring effortlessly above the orchestra? It was impressive, didn’t seem humanly possible. That’s when I decided I liked opera.
On July 14, 5-8pm, Foss Waterway Seaport and Tacoma Maritime Fest will host an artist reception for Steve Jensen and Daniel Alcyone, with a special performance by classical vocalist, Teresa Lin. While organizing the music for this evening celebrating Jensen’s dramatic reliquary sculptures, and Alcyone’s epic outdoor mural, an operatic concert stood out as just the ticket, a unique pairing, an indisputable treat. Lin is a professionally-trained singer whose voice has tickled the rafters in some big houses; she’s sung the national anthem for the Seattle Mariners, and she had a full-time contract singing opera and musicals at a German opera house. She has studied at the Mozarteum Conservatory of Music and the University of Salzburg in Austria. She earned her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Master of Arts in Music History from the University of Washington, focusing on German art song and Classical Era opera. And, she has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in German from Washington State University.
The half-hour program for the July 14 concert will feature works from great operas and musicals including Bizet’s “Carmen” and Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” as well as a variety of songs by composers such as Mozart and Schubert. Classic in style but modern in execution, Lin will bust out the background tracks from her iPod synced to a sound system, but her voice requires no amplification.
For non-opera goers, a live performance can be an epiphany; it’s completely different than hearing a faceless recording, and impossible not to be stirred by the primal power of the human voice. Please join us in welcoming Teresa Lin to the Seaport, and enjoy an evening of art by Steve Jensen and Daniel Alcyone. It’s the kickoff event for Tacoma Maritime Fest, and it’s free! Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St. (about a mile down the road from Museum of Glass). Info at http://www.fosswaterwayseaport.org. ~Lisa Kinoshita