Towson University alumna Corinne Winters ’05 is bringing her rich, vibrant soprano voice closer to home, to sing the role of Violetta in the Wolf Trap Opera Company’s production of La traviata.
Winters graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2005. She thought she wanted to teach music. “I wasn’t one of those people who heard (legendary soprano) Maria Callas when I was 10 and wanted to be her,” Winters told the Frederick News-Post in an article published July 12.
But she was bitten by the opera bug during her time at Towson, and now she’s a prestigious prize winning star on the stage.
Winters has sung the Violetta role before, in Ottawa, Hong Kong and the UK. But this time she’ll be near the place that fostered her love of music. “Being at Wolf Trap is really exciting for all my family,” she said in the article. She added that her friends from Frederick High School are coming to Virginia to see her perform.
Wolf Trap’s approach to Giuseppi Verdi’s La traviata will be different from the typical production. Instead of setting it in the mid-1800s as written, they’re pushing it to 1920s Paris. Winters’ character will morph from a French courtesan to a kept woman with a knack for acting. She’ll look more like a flapper.
“It’s interesting,” Winters told the News-Post, “because it’s about a world and a people that maybe American modern culture can’t identify with, but it’s a story that could make a person sob like ‘The Notebook.’”
After graduating from Towson, Winters studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. The one-time aspiring teacher has become one of the best rising sopranos in the opera world.
“The benefits of living my passion and getting to do this is amazing,” Winters said.