Temple Arts in the Media

December 4, 2009

Singing is believing for this opera singer

By William Kenny

Temple students John McCarthy, Lauren Pollock and Hilary Bucell star in A Month in the Country.

Times Staff Writer

Lauren Pollock must be losing her touch in her old age.

In 2003, when she was 15 and a student at George Washington High School, Pollock had the perfect gig. As a talented young rock ‘n’ roll singer, she made the Paul Green School of Music All-Stars and toured Europe, even performing at a Frank Zappa festival in Germany.

But now, the Temple University senior has really hit rock bottom. She’s the lead female vocalist in – of all things – her school’s forthcoming operatic production, A Month in the Country.

Bummer!

Seriously, though, Pollock’s seemingly unlikely transition from aspiring pop music idol to apprentice soprano has absolutely nothing to do with a case of degenerative hipness. Rather, it’s the realization that, provided she receives the right guidance and employs the required dedication, Pollock may have the pipes to sing herself all the way into the big time in classical music.

It’s to be a long and fiercely competitive journey to be sure, but at least the soon-to-graduate vocal performance major still has plenty of time on her side.

She will appear as Natalia in A Month in the Country at Temple’s Tomlinson Theater, 13th and Norris streets, on Friday. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. A second performance featuring Youna Jang in the role will be on Sunday at 3 p.m.

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