Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Baritone Ralph Cato and Countertenor Darryl Taylor in 'Akhnaten' of Opera Long Beach

[ABOVE: Ralph Cato BELOW: Darryl Taylor]

John Malveaux of MusicUNTOLD sends this news:
“Baritone Ralph Cato was cast in Opera Long Beach production of AKHNATEN to sing the role of Aye, Father of Neferttiti and advisor to the Pharaoh. The March 27, 2011 performance also included countertenor Darryl Taylor replacing Jochen Kowalski in the role of Akhnaten. Congratulations to Cato and Taylor.”

The website of Ralph Cato tells us:
“A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Cato moved to southern California to attend Northridge State. He went on to the University of Southern California and then to the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree.”

Darryl Taylor is Founder of The African American Art Song Alliance. His many CDs include a January 2011 release: How Sweet the Sound: A Charm of Spirituals; Darryl Taylor, countertenor; Brent McMunn, piano; Albany Records Troy1244 (2011).

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