Eric Conway, D.M.A. writes:
Morgan Fine and Performing Arts Community:
Please read the review below of Issachah Savage's debut role of Siegmund in the Canadian Opera Production of the epic Wagnerian opera: Die Walküre! Issachah was the understudy for principal tenor Clifton Forbis who became ill on the third performance of this seven-performance run. Issachaah stepped in with a huge splash, to say the least.
The title of the review is simply: In Comes the Understudy: A star is born. I do not believe that any performer could have a review with more plaudits.
Everyone always knew that Issachah Savage was an extraordinary talent. Issachah, a graduate of the Music program at Morgan State Univeristy, is bound for a monumental career. It appears from this review that his career is destined to sing Wagner - a repertoire that most tenors cannot even begin to approach.
We wish Issachah a hearty congratulations! Another Morganite who makes us all proud!
EXCLUSIVE | In Comes The Understudy: A star is born...
By Neil Crory on February 8, 2015
The Canadian Opera Company lost its star tenor, Clifton Forbis, yesterday due to illness. He was scheduled to sing the demanding role of Siegmund in the 4:30 performance of Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre.
Fortunately the COC had engaged the young American tenor, Issachah Savage, as the ‘cover’ for the COC’s run of seven performances. Yesterday Savage sang the third performance and, in so doing, has secured his reputation as a major contender for star status among dramatic tenors worldwide.
Savage, a warm, effusive and personable individual, created quite a stir in opera circles last year when he won not only the main prize of the 2014 Seattle International Wagner Competition, but also the audience favourite prize, the orchestra favourite prize, and a special honour by Speight Jenkins.
When Savage sang the opening line of yesterday’s Die Walküre, we immediately knew that we were in store for something quite different.