Imagine a life without music, dance, or songs. That was the unfortunate reality for people in Afghanistan when the Taliban banned instruments and decimated the nation’s musical traditions and cultures. But today, some Afghan children are hearing and playing music for the first time, thanks to Kevin Bishop M’13 and the work of other teachers at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM).
With a hundred people cheering in eager anticipation, the top ten finalists in America’s Opera Idol 2016 competition nervously waited for the winner to be announced at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford, Conn. on July 14. When Nadia Aguilar’15 heard her name, she almost could not believe it.
Most people have heard about the popular TV show American Idol but what about American Opera Idol? Eight years ago, Opera Connecticut created the singing competition to celebrate the beauty of opera and expose more people to the art form, says Doris Lang Kosloff, Artistic Director of the Connecticut Concert Opera, who is also the director of the Vocal Division at the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School.