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The vocal team of Avantasia. F.l.t.r.: Ronnie Atkins, Bob Catley, Eric Martin, Tobias Sammet, Michael Kiske, Amanda Somerville, Herbie Langhans and Jørn Lande.

Photo © Tim Tronckoe 2016, All rights reserved.
Set design and execution by Jelle Boucher at UnleashedVisuals.

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1. What is you middle name? 23. Have you ever met any celebrities? 61. Do you sing to yourself? 67. Can you name all 50 states of America? 96. How did you get your name? 98. Do you have any scars?

1. What is your middle name?
Magdalena. I also have another one that’s made up of my dad’s name + the Finnish word for daughter.

23. Have you ever met any celebrities?
I’ve met loads of people who work with classical music (composers, opera singers and such). I’ve also met Nightwish, Apocalyptica, Ville Valo, members of The 69 Eyes and some other rock/metal bands as well as other celebrities like Alexander Rybak and NHL players. (Helsinki is so small and you see them just on a night out. I used to go to school next to where Jussi69 lived and saw him literally all the time.) I’ve also met the former president twice. I’m sure I’m forgetting some but those are the ones that come to mind.

61. Do you sing to yourself?
All the time.

67. Can you name all 50 states of America?
Funnily enough, yes. Me and friend saw the episode of Friends where Ross tries to name them all and being kids who imitated the show we wanted to give it a go.

96. How did you get your name?
My parents are classical music nerds and Anna Magdalena Bach was a musician and the wife of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The other middle name is a tradition my parents started, all my siblings have a similar name (dad’s name + the word daughter/son).

98. Do you have any scars?
Just the one on my nose but luckily it’s almost faded now!

Happy Birthday Felicia Weathers! (born 13 August 1937) 

African-American opera and concert singer (soprano).

Portrait of soprano Felicia Weathers. Printed on front: “Louis Melancon. Metropolitan Opera House, New York City.” Stamped on back: “The use of this photograph is granted with the understanding that it is for your publication only, and will not be syndicated, rented, loaned, or used for advertising purposes without written permission. When published, the customary credit line will be appreciated with the name in full: Louis Melancon. Louis Melancon, New York, N.Y.” Label on back: “Metropolitan Opera Assn., Inc. Press Dept. Felicia Weathers, soprano." 

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

On this day in history, May 15, 1858 – Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.

Portrait of soprano Leontyne Price in Verdi’s opera, “Aida.” Stamped on back: “Copyright photograph by Dominic. Dominic, 31, Chelsea Square, S.W.3., tel. Flaxman 6118.” Label on back: “As Aida in her English debut role at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, July, 1958.” Handwritten on back: “Leontyne Price.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

Happy Birthday Reri Grist! (born February 29, 1932) 

American coloratura soprano, one of the pioneer African-American singers to enjoy a major international career in opera.

View of soprano Reri Grist as Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss’ opera, “Ariadne auf Naxos.” Stamped on back: “Reri Grist, soprano.” Handwritten on back: “Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos." 

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

Portrait of soprano Esther Hinds. Stamped on back: “Exclusive management, Hans J. Hofmann, management for opera and concert, New York, N.Y. 10019, 200 West 58th Street, Telephone 212, Circle 6-1557.” Handwritten on back: “Esther Hinds, soprano." 

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

Happy Birthday Shirley Verrett! (May 31, 1931 – November 5, 2010)

African-American operatic mezzo-soprano who successfully transitioned into soprano roles, i.e. soprano sfogato. Verrett enjoyed great fame from the late 1960s through the 1990s, particularly well known for singing the works of Verdi and Donizetti.

In 1996 Verrett joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance as a Professor of Voice and the James Earl Jones University Professor of Music. (Wikipedia)

Portrait of mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett. Printed on front: “Christian Steiner.” Label on back: “Shirley Verrett, soprano. Columbia Artists Management, Inc. 165 West 57th St., NY, NY 10019.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library