Opera singer remembers his Bessemer roots


April 6, 2019



NEW YORK — Shortly before winning the 65th annual Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in New York City Sunday, the rising opera star fought to remain calm and control his breathing.

Miles Mykkanen, the 27-year-old tenor and Bessemer native, gathered his composure and walked through the darkness from his dressing room to the stage. On the way he felt something under his foot and said he heard a soft metallic sound. He reached down and found a bent nail, a sign of good luck for a performer.

“It was just this moment of clarity that I t...

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