Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Interview/Review with the Michigan Daily

by Akshay Seth on recently performed Don Giovanni
Audiences also reacted positively to the quirky and often volatile Donna Elvira, a betrayed lover of Giovanni’s who set out to prevent the troublemaker from causing any more mischief. Her portrayal in the song “Flee from the traitor!” brought many in the packed auditorium to their feet. The character is portrayed by Antonina Chekhovskaya, a graduate student studying music. When describing her role, Chekhovskaya alluded to Elvira’s deeply conflicted nature.“Donna Elvira is an interesting character to play because she’s so layered.” Chekhovskaya said. “She hates what Don Giovanni does but only because she loves him so deeply.”

Solo with Orpheus Singers

I will be performing Mozart's Laudate Dominum from Vesperae Solennes de Confessore (KV 339) with the University of Michigan Orpheus Singers and Orchestra on Sunday, December 9th 2012 at 3PM at Stamps Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Don Giovanni Press Review

Opening night of Don Giovanni at the University of Michigan - Nov. 8, 2012. "Soprano Antonina Chekhovskaya was solid in her performance as Donna Elvira, often commanding the stage when she sang." - Ann Arbor Press

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Ann Arbor Press Review of Don Giovanni

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Don Giovanni performance dates

I will be singing as Donna Elvira on Thursday, November 8 at 7:30pm and Saturday, November 10 at 8:00pm in Power Center, Ann Arbor, MI. BUY TICKETS NOW

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ariadne Auf Naxos

Great News! I will be singing the title role of Ariadne Auf Naxos with the University of Michigan Opera Theatre, March 28-31 at the Mendelssohn Theatre. The opera will be conducted by Kamal Khan and directed by Kay Castaldo. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni
Nov. 8,9,10, & 11; 7:30pm, 8:00 pm, 8:00pm, 2:00pm,  Power Center
An opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Directed by Robert Swedberg Conducted by Christopher Lees A legendary lover makes one too many notches on his bedpost in this opera masterpiece. Sung in Italian with projected translations. Power Center • Nov. 8 - 11, 2012 University Opera Theatre & University Symphony Orchestra 
League Ticket Office 734.764.2538. Reserved seating $26/$20/$10 with student ID
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Featured Soloist at the Grand Night for Singing Concert

A Grand Night For Singing
Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 7:30pm, Hill Auditorium
Single tickets available starting September 4, 2012. An event highlighting all facets of singing at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, this fast-paced concert presents performances by the Chamber Choir, University Choir, Orpheus Singers, Women’s Glee Club, Men’s Glee Club, the Department of Musical Theatre, and the University Opera Theatre. League Ticket Office 734.764.2538. Reserved Seating $18/$12/$8/$5
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Recital - Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

I am thrilled to announce my Degree Recital with Steve McGhee at the piano.
Location: Britton recital hall, School of Music - University of Michigan.
Program includes art songs, arias of Dvořak, Tchaikovsky, Bellini, Faure & Puccini and more! 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Suor Angelica - June 28, 29

Performing the title role or Suor Angelica June 28, 29 at Cortile del Commune - Arezzo, Italy at 21:00.
Piergiorgio Del Nunzio, Maestro
Sally Stunkel, Stage Director

Check out the beautiful piazza where the performances will be...

Monday, April 30, 2012

Benefit Concert Program Details

CJC Benefit Concert
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Calvin Christian Reformed Church
Grand Rapids, MI
7:00 PM
Summertime from Porgy and Bess - G. Gershwin

Senza mamma from Suor Angelica - G. Puccini
Cigánské melodie, Op. 55 Antonin Dvořak
     Má písen zas mi láskou zní
     Aj! Kterak trojhranec můj přerozkošně zvoní
     A les je tichý kolem kol
     Struna naladěna, hochu, toč se v kole
     Široké rukávy a široké gatě
     Když mne stará matka zpívat učívala
     Dejte klec jestřábu ze zlata ryzého
Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì from La Bohème - G. Puccini
La Maja dolorosa - E. Granados
Nadie puede ser dichoso - E. Toldrá
Cancion al Arbol del Olvido - A. Ginastera
Deep River
Ev’ry time I feel de Spirit 
Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child
Wade in de water
Theodore Ndawallie II, piano 
                Andrew Possehl, double bass

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tune in WGVU 9:30 a.m. - May 3 - Live Interview

Live interview with Shelly Irwin on WGVU - 88.5 FM, Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 3 at 9:30 a.m. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Don Giovanni

I will be performing as Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni with the University of Michigan Opera, November 8-11, 2012, Directed by Robert Swedberg and conducted by Christopher Lees. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Note Upcoming Performances

Performing Senza Mamma from Suor Angelica by G. Puccini
Studio recital of Stephen West
Wednesday, April 11, 5pm, Stamps Auditorium  - Walgreen Drama Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Performing the Final Scene (Trio & Duet) from Der Rosenkavalier by R. Strauss, Antonina as Marschallin, Amy Petrongelli as Sophie, and Heidi Madagame as Octavian
Heidi Madagame's Recital, mezzo-soprano, Elena Lacheva, piano
Saturday, April 14, 2 pm, Britton Recital Hall, Moore Music Building, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Moravian Master Class

In August, I will join the Moravian Master Class, an intensive 10-day program in Moravia, Czech Republic. The program will focus on Czech and German opera and vocal chamber music in the homeland of Janáček and Martinů, who spoke Czech, as well as native German speakers such as Mahler and Korngold.

My debut conducting an opera - Gianni Schicchi

Instead of singing as La Ciesca, I will now be conducting Puccini's Gianni Schicchi for the UM undergraduate Opera Workshop, staged by Robert Swedberg, with Kathryn Goodson at the piano. Thursday, April 12, 7:30 pm, and Friday, April 13, 8:00 pm, at the Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center, Ann Arbor, MI. 

Scott's recital = Success

Scott's recital was great in every way! We had so much fun performing Dvorak's Gypsy songs! If you weren't there, you missed out! We were real gypsies :), colorful and bare footed. 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

April 7, 5pm performance location change

Please note, April 7 recital will be in Macintosh Theatre not Britton Recital Hall. (Both Macintosh Theatre and Britton Recital Hall are in the same Moore building, adjacent to each other.)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

UM Master's Program

It is official, I have been accepted to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance Master's in Voice Program for Fall 2012. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Puccini's Suor Angelica Lead Role

It is my pleasure to announce to you that I have accepted to perform the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica opera with Oberlin in Italy this June. The fully staged performances will take place under the Tuscan Starry skies of Arezzo's Communal Palace - this location featured in the movie La Vita e Bella, conducted by Piergiorgio Del Nunzio, and staged by Sally Stunkel. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Honors Award

Receiving a University Honors Award. This 89 Annual Honors Convocation will take place on March 18, 2 p.m. at Hill Auditorium.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Feb. 18 Master Class

Please note, the master class with Carol Vaness for this Saturday, Feb. 18, is cancelled.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

CJC Benefit Concert - Grand Rapids

It is my pleasure to announce the Benefit Concert for the Criminal Justice Chaplaincy. It will take place at the Calvin Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI, on May 9, at 7 p.m. Kenneth Bos and I, were asked to take part in this ministry and give a concert to raise money for CJC. Their mission is to help people experience justice, mercy, and healing, whose lives are and have been affected by crime. To learn more about CJC, please check their website www.cjcministry.org

Everyone is welcome to this concert, wether you want to contribute to the cause or just enjoy great music. (Suggested Donation will be $25)

It will be an exciting program that you do not want to miss. Program details will be posted later. 

Bloomfield Concert

It was such a pleasure to perform at the Bloomfield Library Concert Series, Friday, January 27. I performed Tatiana's Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky). The house was packed with standing room only and had an intimate setting. I was able to see everyone's eyes and communicate directly to them. The audience was so responsive and loving. It was a great night and pleasure to make music in Bloomfield, MI, along with my colleagues. Thank you Bloomfield Library for including the University of Michigan students in your concerts! 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Concerto Competition Finalist

I was one of the eight finalists with the University of Michigan Concerto Competition. The competition was held at the gorgeous Hill Auditorium where I performed Tatiana's Letter Scene (Eugene Onegin), accompanied by Steven McGhee. Even thou I did not win at the finalists round, I was still very satisfied! Because... First, I enjoyed making music and so did others. Second, I set myself a new bar. Third, I got to perform on Hill stage twice!