The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (184): They don’t let you in the opera

A sensational social commentary by Broadway star Kelli O’Hara.

Was she ever at the Met?

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  • Kelli O’Hara was at the Met twice–Merry Widow and Cosi. She grew up in a tiny town in Oklahoma and was one of several very successful Broadway and opera singers from the music program at Oklahoma City University, including Kristin Chenoweth and Leona Mitchell.

    This is from Stephen Holden’s rave review in the NYT of O’Hara’s show at Feinstein’s in NYC in 2010: “’They Don’t Let You in the Opera if You’re a Country Star,’ the funny song that best exemplified Ms. O’Hara’s instinct to assimilate, is a piece by Mr. Lipton and David Rossmer that has become a staple in her performances. In it a country singer in the final stages of pregnancy makes her operatic debut and hits a coloratura high note the moment she gives birth….It is a fiercely demanding showpiece that illustrates the proximity of country music to opera; it is also a surefire crowd pleaser.”

  • Yes — as Valencienne and Despina. She has also done Dido elsewhere. One-click google.

    This was a delightful find: thank you. One to circulate.

  • More significant than what Ms O’Hara has already sung at the Met, is what she WILL sing. She’s been announced as one of the 3 co-stars engaged to bring the Michael Cunningham novel (and celebrated film) “The Hours” to life as an opera during the 2022 season. She will portray the part of Laura (Julianne Moore in the film). As this new Kevin Puts commission costars Renée Fleming, and Joyce DiDonato, the Met seems to be pulling out all the stops for this new premiere.

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