Via Facebook, Sarah Bryan Miller passes on the news that Christine Brewer is on the cover of the latest issue of Opera News.
Here's a brief excerpt from the article written by William R. Braun:
[T]he package deal that is Christine Brewer is best revealed when she speaks about her determination to sing at the memorial service for a friend and colleague, director Colin Graham of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
"I was very close to Colin. As only Colin could, he had his whole service — not really a service, he didn't want something religious, he wanted a concert — planned out before he died. Originally, he wanted me to sing three things. He wanted the Britten arrangement of 'The Last Rose of Summer.' Well, there was no way I could get through that. I had done a private-label recording for the Opera Theatre of Purcell's 'Music for a While,' he loved that, but I thought, 'Oh, I don't think I could do that.' But I knew that I could sing something with orchestra. The 'Liebestod' was the other thing he wanted me to do. I knew that if I sang something with orchestra, a big one like that, that if the worst thing happened, and I couldn't sing, they would still be playing, it would still sound like the 'Liebestod.' And actually, I was able to do it, because I felt this energy from him in that space. I think because I knew that's what he really wanted, because it was Colin, 'Oh sure, I can sing the "Liebestod" for your memorial, oh yeah, that'll be a piece of cake.'"
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