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Posted by on Jan 1, 2010 in Articles | 3 comments

Welcome to Operagasm!

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You are now experiencing a full-fledged Operagasm!
Welcome to, a substantive, cutting edge national perspective on current events, news, reviews, interviews, fashion and editorial contributions regarding opera and classical music.
We have known each other since 2003, when we attended Metropolitan State College of Denver pursuing our bachelor degrees in music. Melissa and Christie were in their junior year of their performance degrees, while Erica was returning to school after taking time off to raise her daughter, Alexis. Although we were classmates, our life-long friendship wasn’t cemented until a cathedral choir trip through Germany and Austria in 2006; chalk it up to one of the benefits of endless hours on a tour bus rumbling through Bavaria.

Although our lives have taken us in different directions, we still share an incredible and dynamic friendship. Erica is pursuing her Masters of Music at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, Melissa is pursuing her performers certificate at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, and Christie is pursuing her Masters of Music at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Where will our lives take us from here? One of us may have international fame on the opera stage, or have a professorship in the hallowed halls of the music conservatory, or maybe have a starring role in Bravo’s Real Housewives of Goldigger County. Who knows, but one thing is certain… we will have opinions! And we look forward to sharing our opinions with you, not only our opinions, but varied perspectives and helpful resources on Operagasm.
Our focus for the month of January is ‘New Beginnings’, which isn’t unusual this time of year. Some people resolve to save more money, while others resolve to spend more time with their family, or to finally put down the bag of Mint Milanos. But what kind of new beginnings do we experience in the world of opera? This month we will feature an article by opera director A. Scott Parry about creating new beginnings from old material. Peabody student Laura Reaper discovers new beginnings while applying for graduate school. Bryce Smith, writes about creating his own opportunities by founding Opera Manhattan. University of Denver student D.J. Close gives a civilian perspective about starting voice lessons for the first time. Jessica Kiger, a Production Assistant at the Metropolitan Opera finds a world of opportunity behind the scenes. Nathan Myers, American-Berlin Opera Foundation Scholarship recipient and his new beginning at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Indiana University student Andy Lunsford discovers his voice for the first time at the age of 30.
We would like to thank web designer and tech guru, Andrea Merida; photographer, Eldeen Pickett; graphic designer, Mariah Baretta and University of Denver Lamont School of Music for hosting the Operagasm launch party.
We look forward to our ‘New Beginning’ with you, our reader, we hope to be your trusted resource that will both educate and entertain.

Best Wishes in 2010!

Christie, Erica, and Melissa

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  1. Good luck to all of you!!!! Catchy name!!

  2. I’m proud of you three ladies! Best of luck with your new venture!

  3. Awesome site, you guys…if you ever need copy editing support, reach out. It’s what I do for a living, so I’m pretty good at it.

    I thoroughly enjoyed browsing your articles. Quite catchy, hip and interesting!! I got a little misty, even – thinking about how I knew you before you were all famous and fabulistic!! :-)

    Good luck and hugs to all,

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