“Patrick’s skill is in blending heart and mind for thoughtful writing that brings artists and projects to life.”
– Jenny Bilfield, President & CEO Washington Performing Arts
A WELCOME GUEST: As one of our first interviews on THE OPERA DIVA SERIES, we are pleased to share this past interview with soprano Othalie Graham in celebration of her most recent operatic role. by Patrick D. McCoy It was announced that soprano Othalie Graham sing the...read more
PODCAST: Celebrate the birthday of "The First Lady of the Organ" Diane Bish with this 2012 interview discussing her career. by Patrick D. McCoy World renowned concert organist Diane Bish has brought "The Joy of Music" into the homes of many. Her passion for the pipe...read more
Among the Stars: It is with sadness to share the passing of our 1995 Petersburg High School Classmate and movie star friend Mark Madison, who passed away suddenly. by Patrick D. McCoy Many of us who were students at Petersburg High School in 1995 remember it like it...read more
CONGRATULATIONS: Arkansas native Kristin Lewis will make her Royal Opera House début in Verdi’s opera “Don Carlo.”
by Patrick D. McCoy
Soprano Kristin Lewis has sung on some of the world’s greatest stages. Those stages include the Vienna State Opera and La Scala. But now Ms. Lewis can add the Royal Opera House to her list of accomplishments. Lewis will sing the role of Elizabeth of Valois in all of the performances of Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at the Royal Opera House. The production runs from May 12-29, 2017.
Lewis is a lyrico-spinto soprano lauded for her interpretations of Verdi heroines, is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas/USA. Ms. Lewis began her vocal studies at the University of Central Arkansas under the guidance of Dr. Martha Antolik. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree, she continued with her Master of Music studies at the University of Tennessee with Ms. Kay Paschal and Mr. Andrew Wentzel. Her postgraduate instruction was led by Dr. Jonathan Retzlaff. She currently lives in Vienna, Austria, and is a student of Carol Byers.
WATCH SOPRANO KRISTIN LEWIS IN PERFORMANCE:
–A native of Petersburg, Virginia, Patrick D. McCoy is a graduate of Virginia State University and Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. He has been an arts contributor for Examiner.com, CBS Washington, The Afro American Newspaper and most recently was the Performing Arts Columnist at Washington Life Magazine for four years. As a church musician, he currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster at Saint John’s Episcopal Church (Zion Parish) in Beltsville, Maryland. Visit www.patrickdmccoy.com for all of your arts news and send press releases and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
REVIEW: Under the direction of Maestro Stanley J. Thurston, the DC-based ensemble presented a varied afternoon of sacred choral music. by Patrick D. McCoy The annual concert by The Heritage Signature Chorale is certainly one that is looked forward to year after year...read more