Boy Carves Out a Career in Opera

By Chuck Conder, CNN
March 31, 2011 5:01 p.m. EDT

Los Angeles (CNN) — Michael Kepler Meo isn’t nervous. As befits a singer playing a principal role in a major opera production, he suffers the last-minute adjustments to makeup, hair and wardrobe.

Then finally he is left alone to prepare for this night’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw.” Alone except for his mother. Michael Kepler Meo is just 12 years old.

“It’s really fun to sing,” the ‘tween confides, as he runs through a series of scales and brief snatches of the music that he will soon be performing on stage. His voice is high, crisp and crystal clear. A boy soprano.

And behind the voice is a power and control that seem almost alien in one so young.

About emanita01

I am a Franco-american woman who hails from Massachusetts. I live in France near the Swiss border, only minutes away from Geneva. I am a member of the Geneva Writers Group and the Association La Forge, a literary group based in France. I write stories, poems and am currently working on a couple of plays, a one-woman show and actively learning how to perform stand-up comedy.
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