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Wearing the Pants
A Conversation with Vivica Genaux

by Daniel Vasquez


One of the few problems in my otherwise perfect life is the fact that I have a terrible fear of flying. This limits my travel choices to my car, Amtrak, and the glamorous thing that is Greyhound. So I was delighted to discover that Vivica Genaux was slated to perform Angelina in Opera Carolinaís production of Rossiniís La Cenerentola this past March.

The opportunity to hear this young artist proved irresistible, not only because of the short drive, but because I had seen her onstage before, in Minnesota, where Genaux portrayed the heroic role of Arsace in Rossiniís Semiramide. The Alaska-born singer projected a clear, honey-hued mezzo-soprano of the steadiest quality, and when the music called for flexibility, it came forth as a natural part of her instrument. To top it all, her figure could not be better suited for the trouser roles that make up the bulk of her repertoire, and attempts to describe the beauty of her dark features would plunge me into the poetic.

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