Alumna’s Opera Performance Moves, Inspires Upper School Students

Music came to life last week when alumna Kasia Borowiec ’08 stopped by the new music room to chat about opera and perform arias in French in front of students, faculty, and staff.
About 70 students in grades 9 through 12 opera, theology, English, French, and Spanish classes attended the performance, which was part of Upper School Creative Arts teacher Ruby Robertson-Knox’s guest artist series.
 
Korowiec, a professional soprano and new artist in residence, teaching private voice on campus,  performed “Si mes vers avaient des ailes,” by Victor Hugo and Reynaldo Hahn; “Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante,” Micaëla’s aria from “Carmen,” by Henri Meilac and George Bizet; and “Elle a fui, la tourtelle!” Antonia’s aria from “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” by Jules Barbier.
 
She shared her thoughts on opera, and discussed “The Tales of the Hoffman,” a performance Robertson-Knox’s opera students will see in January at the Met as part of her opera curriculum.
 
“Kasia was engaging and a beautiful example of what’s possible for these young women,” Ms. Robertson-Knox said, calling the event “a huge success.”
 
Borowiec is a 2008 alumna of Oak Knoll, who received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s in vocal performance from Manhattan School of Music.
 
She said she owes a lot of her success to the foundation she received while attending Oak Knoll.
 
“Oak Knoll prepared me for college,” she told the students. “Take advantage of all the wonderful teachers here and opportunities.”
 
Borowiec has played “Tatyana,” in “Eugene Onegin”; “Giulietta,” in “Capuleti E I Montecchi”; “Marguerite,” in “Faust”; “Angel More,” in “The Mother of Us All”; among other roles.
 
The visit is part of a two-part guest artist and song series that Ms. Robertson-Knox started last year. The next forum will be in November.

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