Stacy Ludington will perform a senior voice recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in Sweet Briar College’s Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.
Ludington, a coloratura soprano, has prepared a program featuring several operatic arias as well as some folk tunes.
One of her favorites arias, “Písen Rusalky o Mesícku,” also known as “Rusalka’s Song to the Moon,” from Antonín Dvorák’s “Rusalka,” is in Czech. She sings the part of a mermaid singing to the moon, praying for it to watch over her lover and to let him know how much she loves him. The piano accompaniment and vocal line mimics the sound of waves, Ludington says.
W.A. Mozart’s “The Queen of the Night Arias” — “Oh, Have No Fear, My Nobel Youth!” and “Daughter, You’ll Avenge Me!” — and Leonard Bernstein’s “Glitter and Be Gay” present some of her biggest challenges.
“These arias have tricky coloratura with very high notes that take hours to perfect. I’m still working on perfecting them,” she says. “On top of all that is the acting. I enjoy becoming the character, portraying and taking on their personalities and emotion, whether it is love sickness, rage or insanity. I have so much fun while singing and I hope that those who come realize that, are completely entertained, and leave with a smile.”
In many respects, Ludington will be singing for the fun of it. She will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in environmental science and has been accepted to the University of Oregon to purse a master’s degree in community and regional planning. Although she is not majoring or minoring in music, she has been preparing for her senior recital for a year. She studied with Sweet Briar voice instructor Marcia Thom throughout her four years in college.
“Singing is my stress reliever,” she says. “You can always find me singing somewhere, whether it’s in Sweet Tones, choir, chamber choir, in a practice room, or on my way to class.”
Anna Billias will accompany Ludington on piano. Alex Grobman ’12, will accompany her on flute.
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