91 grad plays lead in Toronto opera

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Peggy Kriha Dye 91 performs the title role in the opera "Armidke." Photograph by Bruce Zinger for Opera Atelier, Toronto.

Peggy (Kriha) Dye ’91 performed the lead role in the April production of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s “Armide” at the Opera Atelier in Toronto. The Toronto daily newspaper, the Globe and Mail, gave Dye a glowing review: “Opera Atelier couldn’t have done better, for the title role, than soprano Peggy Kriha Dye. Her talents come as no surprise: This is her 10th production with the company, and she’s well known for her command of baroque style. Her phrases were well shaped, intonation was excellent in all registers and her sheer stamina was impressive. (She’s on stage, singing, for most of this opera’s five acts.)

Adding to all this was her dramatic mastery of this complex role. Her Armide was wary yet trusting, impervious yet vulnerable, and fearsome yet pitiable – all at the same time.”

Dye, who grew up in Brainerd, followed her St. Cloud State music education with stints at the Manhattan School of Music and Julliard Opera Center.

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