Opera Workshop Showcase Explores ‘What If’ with Honors Student Meleana Cabales

Life is made up of many moments and decisions that lead to the next. But how would things have played out if we made a different choice, gone in a different direction, decided to pursue another opportunity in a different city? College of Charleston Opera explores the power choices can have in shaping our lives with the showcase “What If,” featuring popular selections from opera and music theater that represent the student-performers’ hard work and perseverance.

The College Today spoke with Honors College student Meleana Cabales, a vocal performance major and arts management minor, about her passion for music, preparing for this performance and her hopes for the future.

When did you discover your passion for singing?

I was first introduced to classical voice when I started taking lessons as a freshman in high school. It was a new experience that deepened my passion for music and made me realize I could sing in college and beyond. My choir and voice teachers introduced me to a wealth of musical opportunities, so I dove in and never looked back.

Have you always liked singing? 

Music has always been a big part of my life. Some of my earliest and best memories are from listening to the radio in my dad’s car or watching my mom play piano. It was a natural progression for me to get involved and sing along. I joined my first choir in second grade and have loved singing since!

To learn more about Meleana Cabales’ passion for singing, check out the full article by Aamiee Norris in the College Today!


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