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In Studio A with Sam Workman and Ambrose Cusick

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Sam Workman and Ambrose Cusick

High school voice students from Interlochen Arts Camp performed music of Mozart and Strauss and discussed musical theater and maple syrup.

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Soprano Sam Workman records in IPR's Studio A with pianist Dasom Kim

Soprano Sam Workman is 17 years old and from Estes Park, Colorado.

She performed the aria "Vedrai carino" from Mozart's opera Don Giovanni.

Sam said she really enjoys the theatricality of this piece because the character of Zerlina is "trying to comfort her fiancé after he's just been beaten up by her secret lover."

She's spent this summer at camp cultivating her classical voice because her background is primarily in musical theater.

When asked, she couldn't choose just one dream role for musical theater. Casting agents, take note if you're looking for a Glinda in "Wicked," a Lydia Deetz in "Beetlejuice" or any role in "Mean Girls" - although the character of Karen particularly appeals to Sam.

Sam performed with pianist Dasom Kwon and studies with André Chiang at Interlochen Arts Camp.

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Mezzo soprano Ambrose Cusick records in IPR's Studio A with pianist XiaoPing Wang

Mezzo soprano Ambrose Cusick is 16 years old and from Vermont.

He performed the aria "Chacun à son goût" from Strauss's opera Die Fledermaus.

Ambrose said he likes portraying the character of Prince Orlofsky, who is very rich and very bored and who throws big parties that don't entertain him.

Ambrose, who is from Vermont, shared his opinion about Vermont maple syrup compared to Michigan maple syrup. Suffice it to say that he's looking forward to getting back home to Vermont.

Ambrose performed with pianist XiaoPing Wang and studies with Todd Wedge at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Stefan Wiebe engineered this recording session.

IPR thanks Autumn West for her support this camp season.

Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.