I so wish I had embarrassing "before they were stars" photos to go along with this post. Something like this pic (via sexypeople):
Alas, you will just have to settle for the news of what some past Opera Cleveland artists are up to (and just always have to wonder if Elaine Alvarez used to have an '80s perm.)
Speaking of Ms. Alvarez, who was here last September as Countess Almaviva in Figaro...
In June Elaine made her Munich debut as Violetta (above), alongside Jonas Kaufmann, in La traviatawith Bayerische Staatsoper. At the last minute, she replaced Anja Harteros. Dost ich gut!
Maureen McKay (Susanna in our Figaro) recently wrote to Dean, updating us on her whereabouts.
"At the moment I am singing the Sandman and Dewfairy in the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juko Project tour of Hänsel und Gretel throughout Japan," she writes. Next season, she will be a part-time "fest" singer with the Komische Oper Berlin and covering Gretel at The Met.
Stay tuned this week for more Where are they Now...Opera Edition.