DHS graduate stars in Rogue Opera’s ‘La Traviata’

By June 25, 2011

Amy Feather, a 1991 Davis High School graduate, reprised the lead role of Violetta Valery in Verdi’s opera “La Traviata” recently at the Rogue Opera in southern Oregon.

Perhaps the greatest challenge of  “La Traviata,” as reviewed by Bill Varble in the Medford Mail Tribune, is that “it demands the soprano sing coloratura in the first act, play the tortured soul in the conflicted and complicated second act, and mezzo in the third as the story moves inexorably to its dark ending.”

“Feather takes Violetta through her changes with a supple performance of great emotional depth and clarity,” Varble wrote.

Although Feather earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic communications at Cal Poly, music continued to influence her activity. She went on to earn a master’s degree in music at Boston University, and made her professional debut at Boston Lyric Opera in Verdi’s “Rigoletto.”

While finishing her master’s degree, she performed internationally via the Miami School of Music in Salzburg, Austria. She took first place there in the Schloss Leopoldskron Vocal Competition.

As a member of the Boston University Opera Institute Young Artist Program, her credits include Ilia in “Idomeneo,” Irena in “The Seduction of a Lady,” Rosalinda in “Die Fledermaus,” Countess in “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Lizzie in Bach’s “Coffee Cantata.”

At the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Feather began her studies toward a doctorate in music. Her credits there include performances of Mozart’s “Cosi fan Tutte” with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, the role of Violetta Valery in “La Traviata” and Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni” with the Illinois Opera Program.

Feather’s international experience includes the roles of Micaela in “Carmen” and Antonia in “Les Contes D’Hoffman” with the Komische Kammer Oper München in Humbach, Germany.

She and her husband, Michael, live in Oxford, Ala. She is the youngest daughter of Jim and Marilyn Feather of Davis.

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