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Fringe Festival: 7 Sopranos

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Read my review published in the Going Out Guide of the Washington Post:

Charles T. Downey, Divas Just Want to Have Fun!
Washington Post, July 14, 2011

How many sopranos does it take to screw in a light bulb? As the old joke goes — and there were so many to choose from — it takes two: one to screw in the light bulb and the other to say she could have done it better.

On Tuesday night, it took 7 Sopranos, a local collective of high-voiced women in matching red gowns, to perform a perky, not-too-annoying faux recital called “Divas Just Want to Have Fun!” on the stage in the basement of the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church. Surprisingly, for a concept intended to play on the stereotype of sopranos as spotlight-craving showboats, there were few vocal pyrotechnics and even fewer soaring high notes. Indeed, it was a program that did not show off powerful solo voices as much as put an ensemble spin on some of the most famous chestnuts of the soprano repertory. [Continue reading]
Bethany Ziegler, Seven Sopranos Come to Capital Fringe Festival (Georgetown Patch, July 13)

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