Tag Archives: Reginald Smith Jr.

Review: UK Opera’s La Boheme

Over the last decade, the University of Kentucky Opera program has been lucky to count Gregory Turay among its alums. He’s the one who fulfilled the dream of winning at the national level of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, … Continue reading

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UK voice student takes every opportunity to sing

Reginald Smith Jr. had no other option. He was at home in Atlanta. He had an audition for the voice department at the University of Kentucky the next morning. The family car had broken down. So at 11 p.m., he … Continue reading

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UK Opera star singing for his summer

If musicians are in need of a little money, the card they always have in their back pocket is the ability to put on a show. And that’s the card University of Kentucky opera singer Reginald Smith Jr. is playing … Continue reading

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Opera Review: UK Opera’s Die Fledermaus

Who knew these UK Opera kids were so funny? The last few years, they haven’t had much of a chance to show it. They’ve been dealing with subjects like slavery (River of Time), murder (Lucia di Lammermoor), pretty young things … Continue reading

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Picturing 2009 arts

This was the second year I spent covering my beat with a camera in my hands a lot of the time. As I said, last year, covering stories as a writer and a photographer is an interesting approach, because you … Continue reading

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Notebook: UK Choirs’ ‘Collage’

The University of Kentucky choirs’ holiday “Collage” concert has always been a little hard to get a handle on. No specific group is highlighted beyond a few minutes and there is no defined style, except really good music. It’s just … Continue reading

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Pre-game analysis: The Met Auditions

Usually singers in the Kentucky District round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions have a 1-in-5, maybe 1-in-4 chance of advancing to the next round. This year, it’s more like 1-in-9. Maybe it’s some sort of anniversary karma because … Continue reading

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Notebook: River of Time Cast 1

I’ve talked before at le blog about the challenge of reviewing University of Kentucky Opera Theatre productions because the collegiate company always double-casts shows due to singers’ needs for vocal rest — professional companies rarely put a show up on … Continue reading

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