ML - Michigan Avenue

2014 - Issue 1 - Winter

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY BILLY ROOD; STYLIST: LAW ROACH; STYLIST ASSISTANT: JAYI WOODS; HAIR AND MAKEUP BY JILL GLASER Emily Birsan Rising Star: The up-andcoming soprano takes the leap from student at the Ryan Opera Center to center stage as Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito. Critical Kudos: Last July, the Chicago Tribune's John von Rhein noted Birsan's "amazing clarity of diction, accuracy of intonation, and fineness of expression" in her Ravinia performance of Elliott Carter's song cycle of Elizabeth Bishop poems. Dream Roles: "I feel that there are roles in a singer's career that just fit, or that they can connect to. I tend to like the fiery, totally crazy, or vulnerable ones." Looking ahead, Birsan has her eyes on the roles of Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and the title role in Alban Berg's Lulu. Dress, Pamela Rolland ($1,980). Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900; Bracelet and ring, Swarovski. Vintage Art Deco ruby and diamond earrings, private collection MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM 104-109_MA_FEAT_Opera_Winter_14 107 107 1/9/14 5:10 PM

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