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Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in new articles, The Voice Box | 0 comments

Diva of the Week!

Diva of the Week!

by Christie Connolley

Photo credit: Steve Cohn

Using Diva in the very best sense of the word, Operagasm declares Julie Makerov the Diva of the Week!

According to the LA Times: At 7:18 pm, Portuguese soprano Elisabete Matos — wearing her costume and makeup for her Los Angeles debut – had to step down from the lead role of Senta. Matos was suffering from mild chest congestion likely due to the onset of a chest cold, said an L.A. Opera spokesperson.

With just a few minutes notice,  L.A. native Julie Makerov, Matos’ understudy, stepped in.

Makerov had played Senta with Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company in 2010; she’d been to all “Dutchman” rehearsals at the Music Center over the past four weeks.

Though she knew the score, she had never done a walk-through on the Chandler stage.

“I’m obviously familiar with the role and I love it,” she said backstage. “But that feeling [of exhilaration and shock] lasted all the way until act two!”

It takes a true diva to step in and own it with just moments to prepare!  Brava!

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