WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Opera Singers opera has evolved from its beginnings in the late 1500s through Baroque and Bel Canto productions to modern and contemporary styles. Through four centuries, this art form, which combines text or libretto with a musical score, continues to fascinate singers and audiences alike. Today in Boston there are many resources for those who love to attend or want to learn more about opera. In Wellesley and Weston, students in theater and music programs gain exposure to musical genres that have led some to pursue a career in opera. To be an opera singer requires talent, COURTESY OF JOANNA MONGIARDO We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 training, and commitment. Vocal maturity is 92 reached in one's thirties and continues into middle age. Two of today's rising stars, Alex Lawrence and Joanna Mongiardo, have the left: Joanna Mongiardo as Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe with Central City Opera; facing page: Alex Lawrence in rehearsal at Opernhaus Zurich.

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