Nancy Washeim, Sooke’s Own Splendid Soprano

When you hear the word “soprano,” what comes to mind is often a larger-than-life, dramatic voice in the higher register, passionately conveying love and heartbreak in the world’s greatest operas.

But Nancy Washeim’s light, resoundingly clear soprano voice delivers that same passion through early music, not mainstream dramatic opera scores. An early music specialist with a Master’s Degree from McGill, Nancy’s preferred realm is that of the oratorio. “I have a lighter voice, which lends itself to early music,” Nancy explains. “Music from the Baroque period [1600-1760] really speaks to me and fits with me vocally.”

SPO Messiah 2010: Nancy Washeim, soprano, and Michelle McKenzie, alto

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