OLGA MAKARINA, SOPRANO (Pittsburgh Area Musician Photographer)

This post is going way back to August during the days I spent at the Advanced Chamber Music Seminar out at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel.

You know when you hear a performance and it just sticks with you?  Well, the second Ms. Makarina began to sing, I knew it was going to be special.  Both of the pieces she sang were incredible, but I particularly liked the second one, which was: “O luce di quest’ anima” from Linda di Cham by Donizetti.  For this recital, I happened to be sitting about the fifth row back, center (among the patrons!).  If live concert photography isn’t hard enough, I’m sitting IN the audience trying not to distract the concertgoers around me as I bring my huge 70-200mm lens to my face!  Oh, and I’m trying to be as quiet as possible.  Oh yeah, I’m also trying to make the sound of the shutter non-existent.  Talk about having strikes against you.  But I really love shooting singers…..there is SO much emotion in their faces, and it is completely genuine and beautiful to see.

In any case, here are some of my favorite shots of Ms. Makarina.  She was absolutely superb with the most beautiful soprano voice ever.



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