by Daniel Hathaway
Singing was regarded as one of the riskiest of activities in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and both the 2020 Art Song Festival — scheduled for May of that year — and its replacement were scuttled.
Last week with proof of vaccinations required and other public health protocols in place, the Festival rose again as a winter mini-event. From December 9-11, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and pianist Bryan Wagorn gave masterclasses and a riveting Friday evening recital in Drinko Hall at Cleveland State University, a temporary venue also due to the pandemic, rather than at its official home at the Cleveland Institute of Music. [Read more…]