In the summer of 2004, an unknown African-American tenor starred in Cincinnati Opera’s production of The Daughter of the Regiment, best known for the killer aria “Ah! Mes Amis!” with its nine high C notes. Lawrence Brownlee made it sound effortless, spinning off octave jumps with crystalline purity.
When locally based soprano Kara Shay Thomson takes the stage during the 2010 May Festival, she'll be notching a number of significant firsts. Most importantly, she'll make her May Festival debut, which will also mark her first opportunity to work with Maestro James Conlon.