Hayden Wayne--on meeting April Evans--I met her approximately thirty years ago within our musical community. We would, so many times, find ourselves talking and laughing about the business and expressing our excitement about music and performances by our friends and colleagues we admired. We also respected we each for our personal dedication and hard work as we refined our craft.
It’s not a surprise, while I was composing my DRACULA (opera erotica), I wrote the role of Mina with April’s voice in mind. In 1993, I first wrote Mina’s final aria, MY LOVE, to see whether I could succeed in my mission.
Insecure and yet hopeful, I called April on the phone and told her about what I had done, asking if she would like to see the score. She obliged and came over to my apartment.
Sitting next to me on the piano bench, I went through the piano vocal, singing her part. Inspired by what I had written, April soon enough took over, sight reading the rest of the aria. Her voice was so powerful and richly beautiful. My apartment rang like a bell. The walls seemed to flex with her intensity. My ears crackled from her enormous expression and I welled up with tears. It was an awesome experience, one of those magic moments we euphemistically refer to as “one of our life’s highlights.”
Agreeing to go into a studio and print her performance singing to an electronic realization of the fully orchestrated score, we created this sound bite. Listen to April sing My Love!!