Don Rosenberg recently interviewed well-known British dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen, who is now teaching at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory. She has sung in all the greatest opera houses of the world, and for a number of years has been a resident of Seattle and taught at the University of Washington. (She also sang the role of Brünhilde in Siegfried, the Christoph von Dohnanyi’s and Cleveland Orchestra’s unfinished Ring cycle.) According to the article, she became “dissatisfied” with the UW music school and started looking around. And now here she is. As a large woman, she also admits that she is a victim of the current trend of opera production where the singers are preferred to be physically similar in size to the characters they are portraying on stage.
Seattle’s loss is Cleveland’s gain.