Juno, the ancient and mythical Queen of Everything, seemed a bit too perky.
“Do you understand what’s at stake?” asked her teacher, world-class opera star Joyce DiDonato.
Understanding did begin to dawn on Juno, aka Krystin Skidmore, studying for her master’s degree in opera performance at Wichita State University and getting a master class in front of a crowd Thursday night at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Skidmore, singing an aria from Handel’s “Semele,” had a fine voice indeed. But since her character’s husband, top god Jupiter, was sleeping around with a mere mortal, Juno needed to spew more venom. Enunciate her words. Infuse the melody with disgust.