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Music: CSU Vocal Alum Member of Ars Nova Singers

02.15.10 – On the program of a recent Ars Nova performance were four Majo Songs by Enrique Granados and the Habanera from Bizet’s “Carmen.” These were sung by Ars Nova’s remarkable mezzo-soprano, Tara U‘Ren. There is no question that she has one of the finest voices in the Ars Nova Singers, and because of her stage experience in several opera groups, she also has a marvelous dramatic sense, which last night, concealed the fact that I was not watching the actual opera by Bizet. Her voice is full and rich and her diction is well-nigh perfect. Following her outstanding performance was the famous Barcarole from the Tales of Hoffmann. Ms. U’Ren was joined by Tana Cochran who is another “best reason” to go hear the Ars Nova singers. For good diction, proper vocal production, and projection, nothing beats operatic experience. The duet they sang from Offenbach’s famous opera was absolutely scintillating.

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Tara U’ren received her Masters degree in Vocal Performance from CSU where she studied with Janet Morrow King, sang in Chamber Choir, and performed in several operas. She currently studies with former CSU faculty Cynthia Vaughn at Magnolia Music Studio.