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The Nuts, Bolts and Secrets of Covering
Katherine Drago, mezzo-soprano
Making Connections

Working for an opera company as a cover is a great way to begin building a reputation in the industry as a talented artist and dependable colleague. This interactive seminar will teach you the essential dos and don’ts of covering, as well as techniques for notating and reviewing blocking, how to conduct yourself during rehearsals and more.

About the Author: A Chicago native, mezzo-soprano Katherine Drago recently completed a three-year residency with Pittsburgh Opera appearing in six mainstage productions and covering principal roles in another four. She spent the summers of 2008 and 2009 as an apprentice artist with The Santa Fe Opera. While covering the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni in 2009, she made her mainstage debut stepping in at last minute for the final three performances. Other appearances include Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Vivente, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony, Peninsula Music Festival, Cheyenne Symphony, Chatham Baroque, Erie Philharmonic, Berkshire Choral Festival, an evening of songs by Ricky Ian Gordon with the composer at the piano and the Broadway National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera. Awards include the NATS and Bel Canto Foundations, as well as The Santa Fe Opera and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Drago holds degrees from CCM and Northwestern University. She was recently appointed assistant director of admission and music admission coordinator at the University of Puget Sound. In the coming months, she will be singing concerts with the Five Boroughs Music Festival in New York City and returning to the Santa Fe Symphony.

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