Michaella Cipriani on From the Top

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Michaella Cipriani sings with the New Albany Symphony, conducted by Luis Biava(Photo: New Albany Symphony Orchestra)
Michaella Cipriani sings with the New Albany Symphony, conducted by Luis Biava(Photo: New Albany Symphony Orchestra)

Above: Michaella Cipriani talks with Classical 101′s Christopher Purdy about classical music for younger generations and her appearance on “From the Top”

“Younger people tend to avoid classical music because they think its esoteric, its hard and you have to listen to a lot of it before you understand it,” Michaella Cipriani, 17-year-old mezzo-soprano from Westerville, said. “I think once you do listen to it you just find all these wonderful layers, and when you keep on listening to it you find even.”

Cipriani, a senior at Columbus Academy, is one of three local artists that will be featured on NPR’s From the Top this Sunday at 7 pm on Classical 101.

Having studied piano and violin as a young girl, Michaella has turned to singing, with a lot of success! This year she has won a Young Artist Encouragement Award from Opera Columbus, and had similar recognition from the New Albany Symphony.

“It’s kind of a reassurance that other people are taking seriously what I do, and that other people want to listen to me,” Cipriani said.

On March 6, she and Columbus area violist Eva Kennedy taped an appearance on NPR’s celebrated forum for young artists, From the Top.

Host Christopher O’Riley accompanied the two young women in the Gesitliches Wiegenlied (Sacred Lullaby) by Brahms.

Produced in Boston, From the Top showcases promising young from the Top  musicians in broadcasts heard by over 1 million listeners each year. WOSU has presented the program since its inception. From the Top was developed by a young team adept at both music and broadcasting, among them Jennifer Hurley-Wales from Granville, OH.

The program returned to Ohio for a taping at the McCoy Performing Arts Center on March 8th. Don’t miss this Ohio based celebration of young talent on the air, Sunday May 19th at 7 pm on Classical 101.

Michaella with Romeo and Juliet

Michaella Cipriani sings Stephano’s Aria from Romeo and Juliet with the New Albany Symphony

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Learn more about other local performers that will also be featured on the broadcast.

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