AMY YEKEL, DRAMATIC SOPRANO
Dramatic Soprano is defined by Wikipedia as “…a type of operatic soprano with a powerful, rich, emotive voice that can sing over, or cut through, a full orchestra. Usually this voice has a lower tessitura than other sopranos, and a darker timbre.”
Alright, it’s a Wikipedia answer – short and to the point. But it skims over the surface of vocal and musical waters that run deep.
In our time the Germans came up with the term, Fach – a handy way of pigeon-holing voices into categories that made the all-too-European process of casting a whole season with the artists of a resident ensemble under yearly contract less daunting than casting from a rolodex, which is just the touch and go practice commonly found in America.
So, today, artist’s managements and opera house’s managements, jointly at times, at odds with each other on occasion, play omnipotent roles in the course and fate of the careers of singers. Which brings me around to Amy Yekel, soprano.
Graduated from Arizona State University with a DMA degree, the winner of many national vocal competitions, an accomplished artist with a resume that lists several Wagnerian and Italian roles, a respected oratorio and concert singer, an invaluable member of the Music Faculty of Marietta College, Amy Yekel is coming to sing in the Queen City for the highly esteemed Wagner Society of Cincinnati, under the auspices of James Slouffman, its director.
Ms. Yekel should be singing at the MET but goodness knows I am thrilled she will be in Cincinnati.
The MET is not good at giving unknowns a break. They took a chance just yesterday when they let a soprano by the name of Amber Wagner go on as Senta in their Flying Dutchman. She stole the show.
I think Ms. Yekel just like Ms. Wagner is ready for her operatic close-up. Proof audible..? Check out on You Tube her In questa reggia, followed by the voice-breaking Riddle Scene from Turandot.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the real deal: a singer with a sizeable and beautiful voice, and an artist with technique and style.
Come hear Amy Yekel in the next concert of the Wagner Society of Cincinnati. Next time you see her name you’ll have to travel east to hear her big beautiful voice in a much bigger venue.
Sunday, May 7 at 2 PM
Ascension and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church