Our #MetFanFriday is Meghan Hone (@mezzoclaw), Assistant Artistic Administrator for @operaorlando and a mezzo with the #OperaOrlandoChorus. She also homeschools three children: Katherine, Judah, and Asher. With 10 years of opera chorus experience, singing in the #MetOperaChorus is her dream job. Her love of opera began early with a Cecilia Bartoli CD, and continues with an expanded list of mezzo role models: Cecilia, @joycedidonato, and @jbartonmezzo!
“My favorite opera is always the one I'm working on at the moment! You get so wrapped up in it, it becomes your life, and you can't help but love it like a close friend. A favorite memory is Roméo et Juliette at @OperaTampa with Richard Troxell as Roméo. I was cast to portray his mother. The section of the overture where the chorus sings a cappella is one of my absolute favorite moments. It’s beautiful and haunting. Later in the third act, the chorus sings ‘Ah! jour de deuil’...I get chills every time I listen to it.
I've really enjoyed the Met's nightly streams and the #AtHomeGala, especially the chorus' ‘Va, pensiero,’ probably my favorite opera chorus of all time. Watching the Nabucco performance where ‘Va, pensiero’ was encored - THAT was thrilling! I can only imagine what it felt like to sing in that chorus! I'm looking forward to watching the stream of Elixir on May 30, but most of all I'm looking forward to getting back to the stage - and back to the beach!
I encourage parents to take their kids to any opera with a children's chorus. Amahl and the Night Visitors is at the top of my list, but also Hansel and Gretel. The Parpignol scene in La Bohème is fun to watch, with the children so excited about Christmas and the mothers scolding them. My two older children sing in the @operaorlandoyouthcompany, and who knows - maybe one of them will grow up to be an opera singer too!”
Do you want to be our next #MetFanFriday?
How to submit:
1. Post an operatic photo of yourself (this can be at the Met, at home watching a live stream, doing your best diva impression; anything goes!)
2. Tag @metoperachorus
3. Use the hashtag #MetFanFriday
4. Write in the caption why you love the Met Opera Chorus and the opera!