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About Voce Moderna

Voce Moderna is a new resource to help connect singers with contemporary opera arias. It is intended to showcase and promote the work of living composers, and focuses on works written since 2000.

Composers and publishers are collaborators at Voce Moderna, and they receive royalties from track purchases. Mechanical licenses have been obtained so that these practice tracks could be made available for your personal use.

This database is ongoing! Arias will continue to be added to this site, so be sure to keep checking back for new entries.

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The People Behind VM

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Blair Salter

Collaborative pianist Blair Salter is a versatile performer and music director who has worked at prestigious opera companies and young artist programs throughout the United States and Canada. A graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Young Artist Program, Wolf Trap Opera, and the Glimmerglass Festival, Blair is currently Head Coach for the LA Opera Young Artist Program and a member of the music staff at Santa Fe Opera. She was a conductor at The Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors in 2023, and Music Director for Opera Theatre at Penn State University from 2021-23.

Blair has worked on staff at LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Colorado, Michigan Opera Theatre, New Orleans Opera, and the CoOPERAtive Program. Her extensive recital credits include a program of music curated for the HGO Recital Series at Rienzi, which featured a commissioned set of songs by Jamie Leidwinger. Other performances include recitals with Cincinnati Song Initiative, a mini-recital for the Sam Houston State University Art Song Festival with frequent collaborator Amy Petrongelli, a residency on Performance Today with tubist Cristina Cutts, and her debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., accompanying students from the University of Michigan. She has participated in and performed at multiple conferences, including: the New Works Forum at Opera America in New York City, the African American Song Alliance Conference in Irvine, California, the Song of America Conference in partnership with the Hampsong Foundation’s Song in Dialogue, and at the NATS National Conference in Las Vegas.

An advocate of contemporary music, Blair has appeared in residency at the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, and with the Khemia Ensemble at Michigan State University, Tufts University and the Avaloch Farms Music Institute. She has also worked on several operatic world premieres, including M. Butterly, Lord of Cries, and The Thirteenth Child at Santa Fe Opera, and The Phoenix and El Milagro del Recuerdo at Houston Grand Opera.

Blair was a freelance collaborative pianist and coach in Toronto from 2012 – 2014, where she acted as music director for Metro Youth Opera, music director with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, and as pianist with Toronto Opera Repertoire. She attended the University of Western Ontario for her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and Master of Music degree in collaborative piano, studying with John Hess and Stéphan Sylvestre. She completed her DMA at the University of Michigan, where she studied with Martin Katz.

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Jeff Dalley

A software developer by day (and sometimes by night), Jeff enjoys configuration files, build pipelines, deleting code, setting up the perfect dev environment full of tools and time savers, and leaving things better than he found them. He's still wondering if he'll find a niche, or just continue to dabble broadly, but he's enjoying himself either way.

Jeff spends a lot of time poring over what's new and changing in software development. He follows a number of communities and the folks that participate in them; he enjoys drawing inspiration from seeing what other people are building, how they solve problems, and how sharing one's work positively impacts others. He aspires to communicate and share in this same supportive way.

Outside of software, he's a huge fan of: technology in general, speccing and building PCs, fantasy/sci-fi books, gaming, and hanging out with his wife (Blair!) and their dog Nyx.