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.