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Month: September 2011

Thank you Dawn Upshaw

Thank you Dawn Upshaw

My absolutely favorite opera singer, Dawn Upshaw, was supposed to perform with the Portland Symphony this weekend and I was going to pay a pretty penny to see her- it was going to be inspirational and motivational. Alas, she cancelled the concert, so I will […]

Opera for Opera’s Sake

Opera for Opera’s Sake

I suddenly realized that one could construe from my previous posts that I now hate classical music and opera. Let me set the record straight: this is absolutely false. I still love classical vocal music in all its forms. I love to sing and teach […]

Cole Porter to the Rescue

Cole Porter to the Rescue

Once I decided to be a vocal performance major in college, there was no turning back. For four years of college, eight years of graduate school and a decade in New York City, I immersed myself in the classical vocal world. And I did truly […]

Annie, Annie, Annie! Look what you’ve done for us!

Annie, Annie, Annie! Look what you’ve done for us!

When I was nine years old, I was cast as Duffy in Annie with the Diablo Light Opera Company.  It was in the midst of the early 1980’s fervor for that wildly successful new musical. At the time, every little girl clamored to be on […]

Recovering Operatic

Recovering Operatic

My name is Amy Cheifetz Billings and I am a recovering opera singer. My recovery involves finding my way back home to my first love of American Musical Theater while also making friends with all that glorious “high-brow” classical stuff again, but with an altered […]