I <3 Kozuka
Your son will see many in his lifetime, but the first is special, no matter what it is, and this one is well worth his attention.
I will keep this in mind when my son and I watch SF Opera. He's at Western Washington and lives in hoodies like most students, but he actually enjoys dressing nicely now and then. It's quite a contrast to when I used to drag him and his older brother to the Oklahoma City Symphony, where the audience was actually quite well turned-out given how casual OK is overall.Teenaged boys should wear suits more often.
I found this review. https://www.wqxr.org/story/review-kathleen-battle-returns-met/She was invited for to give a recital at the Met, I think it was fall 2016.
I hope it sounded something like this performance, from earlier in the tour:Her ending encore Were you there when they crucified my lord, sung unaccompanied, was one the most remarkable vocal performances I have ever heard.
Thank you so much for that link. Her voice is sublime, and I have always loved that spiritual. There was a choir member in my church who had actually made his way from rural Oklahoma (Langston, a town founded by African American refugees from Jim Crow) to NYC to train in opera, and he used to sing "Were You There" every Good Friday service until his own passing. He had the most lovely deep bass range and sang so evocatively. Thanks for the reminder.
I have to admit that for me, no one can touch Marian Anderson's version of this spiritual and Battle doesn't even come close. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2EwljwjOPhs
I have not heard Lianna H., I wish I had.I was lucky to have heard some amazing voices at NYCO, Met Opera, and in recital when I was a teenager. While I get some of the trade-offs between old style and new style, old training to new training, modern vs. traditional productions, etc. etc., this season I've seen and heard two of the best depictions, dramatically and vocally, of Puccini heroines in a scary number of decades of opera-going: Yoncheva as Tosca and Lianna Haroutounian's Cio-Cio-San.