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We talk about the world of opera with Maine Public Classical hosts Aaron Engebreth and Sarah Tuttle

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Maine Public Classical’s very own opera aficionados Sarah Tuttle and Aaron Engebreth join us to share their love of opera—a musical genre often misunderstood and unappreciated. We’ll hear why some operas are classics, and we’ll get to hear Sarah and Aaron sing!

Panelists:
Aaron Engebreth is our Director of Classical Music at Maine Public. When not hosting his show, he is also a professional classical singer, and appears regularly as a soloist throughout Europe, the United States and Asia.  As a recording artist he is featured on over 30 commercial releases of opera, oratorio, chamber music and classical song, and has two GRAMMY Award® nominations for his recordings of operas of the French baroque by Jean Baptiste Lully.  He is a member of the Recording Academy and lives in Portland.

Sarah Tuttle is a classical music host with Maine Public; she has been making music since she was a child, and her interests reach from the Pre-Baroque era to the music being written today. Most recently, she spent three years in Germany living and working as an opera singer, where she was able to perform a wide variety of repertoire, from Handel to Humperdinck, Bizet to Wagner.

VIP Callers:
Dona Vaughn, artistic director, Opera Maine
Mary Johnston Letellier, co-managing director, Opera on Tap Maine
Malinda Haslett, director of vocal studies and assistant professor, University of Southern Maine; she’s a soprano and a two-time Fulbright finalist

Jennifer walked into her college radio station as a 17-year-old freshman and never looked back. Even though she was terrified of the microphone back then — and spoke into it as little as possible — she loved the studio, the atmosphere and, most of all, the people who work in broadcasting. She was hooked. Decades later, she’s back behind the radio microphone hosting Maine Public Radio’s flagship talk program, Maine Calling. She’s not afraid of the mic anymore, but still loves the bright, eclectic people she gets to work with every day.
Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.