With this post from February of 2010, I continue to publish my archival blog materials from the retired PR Perfect site. I conducted this interview with the Philadelphia treasure Ghenady Meirson (aka coach Ghena) ahead of Lyric Fest's popular "Biography in Music" program dedicated to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Meet Ghenady Meirson:
As BroadwayWorld notes, Meirson is “perhaps the preeminent expositor of the Russian vocal repertoire in America, and he does that through the annual Russian Opera Workshop programs."
A long-time faculty member at both the Academy of Vocal Arts and Curtis Institute of Music, “Ghenady Meirson has been the go to-master for two decades in Philadelphia for authentic Russian operatic repertoire” (Huffington Post).
In 2011, Meirson founded Russian Opera Workshop, a private and independent young artists program in summer residency at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), and “has become one of the treasures of the Philadelphia summer season” (Broad Street Review). Learn more about Ghena here.
I interviewed Donald Nally in 2010, when my client Lyric Fest collaborated with The Crossing Choir in the Biography in Music series. This program marked the 100th Anniversary of Samuel Barber (1910-1981), one of the 20th century's most renowned and beloved composers. In the concert, Barber’s biography was featured alongside his songs, including several previously unpublished, opera excerpts, and choral works performed by The Crossing, with Nally conducting and Laura Ward at the piano.