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The Lied Society Round Table
63 minutes | Jun 20, 2020
A Bass, a Lute, a Song, Oh My!
Bass singer, lutenist and Minnesota native, Joel Frederiksen, joins us from his home in Munich to discuss song, early music and his Ensemble Phoenix Munich.
101 minutes | Jun 13, 2020
Pianists Margo Garrett, Warren Jones and Martin Katz join us for a historic episode of the Round Table. We learn about their influences, hear anecdotes, they share their tips on playing Erlkönig and much more in this very entertaining episode.
67 minutes | Jun 5, 2020
We’re joined by real life couple, Richard Ollarsaba and Jason Ferrante to discuss pedagogy, repertoire and holding people accountable for their actions. We laugh, we cry and get angry.
61 minutes | May 27, 2020
Sparks and Magic
Sopranos Martha Guth and Karen Slack join us to talk about how they find ways to prioritize Art Song performance, how they mix the old with the new, and how Art Song can sometimes be a platform to face uncomfortable truths. #metoo #blackgirlmagic MARTHA GUTH Soprano Martha Guth has performed recitals at Wigmore Hall and Leeds Lieder Festival with Graham Johnson at the piano, the Vancouver International Song Institute and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival with Erika Switzer, Lincoln Center with Bradley Moore, the Liederkranz with Pianist Dalton Baldwin, and an all Britten recital with Pianist Malcolm Martineau for Five Boroughs Music Festival. Her recitals have been recorded and broadcast for the CBC Radio/Radio Canada, the BBC Radio in the U.K and the WDR in Germany. Her operatic performances include the Santa Fe Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, the Grazer Oper, in Austria, Opera Lyra in Ottawa, Canada. Other performances include St. John’s Smith Square in London, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Voices of Ascension in NYC, The National Cathedral, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Aldeburgh Connection in Toronto, and both Claveçin en Concert and the André Turp society in Montreal. She is proud to have worked under the batons of Maestro’s Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, Helmut Rilling, John Nelson and Richard Bradshaw, and Alan Gilbert among many others. Learn more at https://www.marthaguth.com/ KAREN SLACK Ms. Slack has performed Serena in Porgy and Bess with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as Agnes Sorel in Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans, a role she also performed with the San Francisco Opera, and has sung the title role in Aida with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She made her Metropolitan Opera and international radio broadcast debuts in the title role of Verdi’s Luisa Miller. Additional recent engagements include Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking with Madison Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera, title role of Tosca and as Leonora in Il trovatore with Arizona Opera, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Quad City Symphony, and Tosca with the New Philharmonic.Learn more at https://www.ada-artists.com/soprano-karen-slack
53 minutes | May 20, 2020
That’s the Horse!
During this episode we experienced the passion of pianist, Oresta Cybriwsky, live from Munich. Oresta brings us honest opinions about all things art song and reminiscences of Christa Ludwig and Briggitte Fassbaender. You won’t want to miss this rousing discussion. ORESTA CYBRIWSKY “She doesn’t play the piano” once said Gregg Smith, American composer and conductor of the renowned Gregg Smith Singers (GSS). “She makes music.” It is this deep reverence to Music as her highest artistic intention that has allowed Oresta Cybriwsky to unfold a rich and rewarding life deeply dedicated to self-expression through performing and recording, as well as to the encouragement of self-expression in others through teaching. Learn more at https://www.oresta-cybriwsky.de/english/
66 minutes | May 13, 2020
Erlkönig for Dessert
Our hearts were stolen in this episode, which features America’s sweethearts, Susan Youens’ cats. We also witness a reunion by two living legends, musicologist, Dr. Susan Youens and pianist, Margo Garrett. MARGO GARRETT Margo Garrett has enjoyed a long and respected career as an internationally performing collaborative pianist. Her relationships with many of the most noted singers and instrumentalists before the public today include long partnerships on the stage as well as in the recording studio with sopranos Kathleen Battle, Barbara Bonney, Elizabeth Futral, the late Judith Raskin, Lucy Shelton, and Dawn Upshaw. With these and a number of leading instrumentalists and chamber music groups, including violinists Jaime Laredo, and Daniel Phillips, cellists Sharon Robinson, the late Stephen Kates, and clarinetist David Shifrin, Ms. Garrett has premiered over 35 works. Her recordings can be found on Albany, CRI, Delos, Deutsche Grammophon (1992 Grammy for Best Vocal Recital), Delos, Dorian, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, Orion and Sony Classical. Her 2018 Delos release of the works of Ernest Bloch with violist Paul Neubauer, at this writing, is nominated for an International Classical Music Award. A devoted teacher, Ms. Garrett co-directed the newly created Collaborative Piano Department at New England Conservatory from 1986 to 1992 while simultaneously heading the Collaborative Piano department at The Juilliard School from 1985 to 1991 at which time she became the first holder of the Ethel Alice Hitchcock Chair in Accompanying and Vocal Coaching at the University of Minnesota’s School of Music, the first privately endowed collaborative chair in the US. She returned, in 2000, to The Juilliard School where she remained until May, 2018. Ms. Garrett directed the Tanglewood Music Center vocal fellowship program for the last 6 of her 19 years there (1979-1997) and has now returned since 2016 to again teach in the TMC Vocal Program. Ms. Garrett was awarded the 1989 American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) Most Creative Programming Award for her curation of programs for the Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival, where she was Co-Director with her mentor, Samuel Sanders, during her early Tanglewood years. From 1999 through 2006, Ms. Garrett served as Faculty Chair of The Steans Institute for Young Artist’s vocal programs at Chicago Symphony’s Ravinia Festival. Ms. Garrett has held residencies at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany; at Vancouver International Song Institute; Taiwan Normal Teacher’s University; Soochou University in Suzhou, China; Music Academy of the West (2015); Internationale Meistersinger Akademie (IMA) in Neumarkt, Germany; presented a master class at Carnegie Hall/Marilyn Horne’s “The Song Continues…” in 2018, was a member of the jury of the 15th International Schumann Vocal Competition in Zwickau, Germany, repeatedly at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and Joy in Singing, both in New York, and at dozens of American schools of music. DR. SUSAN YOUENS The musicologist Susan Youens is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on German song, and the music of Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf. She is one of very few people in the United States who have won four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.
52 minutes | May 6, 2020
The Knight & The Baroness
Sir Thomas Cannon and the grand Baroness Lindsay Kate Brown join us to talk about performing Art Song as a dramatic voiced singer and life as a musician during Covid-19. Also, tactics for acquiring cheesecake. LINDSAY KATE BROWN Praised for her “…lustrous, warm and deep [sound]…” American mezzo soprano, Lindsay Kate Brown, is quickly making her mark in the world of opera. Ms. Brown’s endeavors include opera roles from a range of composers, spanning from Handel to Wagner. Learn more at https://www.lindsaykatebrown.com/ THOMAS CANNON Thomas Cannon is attracting attention as an important young singer with a unique vocal timbre, exquisite musicianship, and sensitive artistic expression. He has been recognized for his “strong and striking” stage presence and has performed with The Glimmerglass Festival, Chautauqua Opera, Santa Fe Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Music Academy of the West. Learn more at https://www.voicecannon.net/
60 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
Soprano Jeni Houser, tenor David Blalock, and stage director David Lefkowich talk about how their experience in opera informs their interpretation of Art Song, and how Art Song could benefit the performance of opera. Also, in case you’ve never heard of the Metropolitan Opera before, this episode is sure to enlighten you. JENI HOUSER Facebook Instagram Opera News lauds Jeni Houser’s performances as “commanding and duplicitous, yet also vulnerable. She has a bright future above the staff.” In the 2019-20 season she makes debuts with the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, and New Orleans Opera in her sought-after portrayal of Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte. Additionally she returns to Madison Opera as Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld and returns to the Dallas Opera stage as the title role in The Golden Cockerel. Last season she made her house debut with the Wiener Staatsoper as Frantzi in the world premiere of Staud’s Die Weiden and subsequently joined the company for its productions of Die Zauberflöte and Trojahn’s Orest. More at https://www.jenihouser.com/ DAVID BLALOCK American tenor David Blalock is becoming widely known for his beautiful lyric voice and diverse repertoire. In the 2019-20 season, he makes his debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Pong in Turandot, sings the title role in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld with Madison Opera, and joins Pensacola Opera to sing Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. David also makes his debut with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra for Messiah, and debuts with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra for a concert of Mozart, Puccini, and Verdi. Learn more at https://www.davidblalocktenor.com/ DAVID LEFKOWICH David Lefkowich is an accomplished stage director and fight choreographer and has enjoyed success with different companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatre alla Scala, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. Upcoming directing engagements include a site-specific Acis and Galatea for Out of the Box Opera in the catacombs of a former Pillsbury Mill in Minneapolis (May 2019), an immersive Pagliacci at Boston Lyric Opera (September 2019), Tosca at Annapolis Opera (November 2019), and Pagliacci at Opera Colorado (February 2020). Learn more at https://www.davidlefkowich.com/
68 minutes | Apr 18, 2020
I left my heArt Song in San Francisco
Dynamic husband-wife duo Kurt Erickson and Heidi Moss talk about how they are keeping Art Song alive on the West Coast and beyond. Disclaimer: we are in no way affiliated with Rice-a-Roni. KURT ERICKSON Facebook Twitter YouTube Kurt Erickson is an active composer whose vocal and instrumental works are performed by leading singers, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and opera companies. Erickson is currently serving as composer-in-residence with with San Francisco performing arts organization Lieder Alive!, writing and premiering works for guest artist recitals on their subscription concert series. A new song set for acclaimed countertenor Brian Asawa recently premiered in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Long Beach, Seattle, and Japan, with critical acclaim in The Huffington Post and San Francisco Classical Voice. Erickson has also worked extensively with San Francisco Opera Ballet Master Lawrence Pech on a number of dance commission projects. Learn more at https://www.kurterickson.com/ HEIDI MOSS Facebook Heidi Moss, noted for her “rich and radiant soprano” (Edward Oriz, Sacramento Bee) has performed on national and international stages, including numerous Bay Area companies such as Opera Parallele, Festival Opera, West Edge Opera, Livermore Opera, Fremont Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, Oakland Symphony, and the Sacramento Choral Society. In April 2016 she had the honor of performing the iconic role of Blanche in Opera San Jose’s production of Streetcar Named Desire, which was a remount of the renowned LA Opera production starring Renee Fleming. A champion of new music, she helped spearhead the performance of eight song premieres by eight different renowned composers for an alte/neue lieder fest with LIEDER ALIVE! including Daron Hagen, David Conte, Kurt Erickson, and Henry Mollicone. She continues her collaborations with living composers including a recital of works by Jake Heggie, with the composer himself at the piano. She has also premiered works by philanthropist Gordon Getty with the Russian National Orchestra and San Francisco Opera. Heidi has also garnered recognition in major vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (NYC First Place Winner), the Liederkranz Awards, the MacAllister Awards, and the KDFC competition which resulted in a performance with pianist Lang Lang. In addition to her musical life, Heidi graduated with a biology/music degree from Oberlin and a masters in biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. She studied telomeres at Rockefeller University and has several publications, including a landmark paper in Cell. Heidi teaches voice and vocal physiology at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is interested in the science of singing ever since she came down with a rare facial paralysis in 2007. She has been an invited speaker at The Pacific Voice Conference, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Oregon, and NerdNiteSF. She is the wife of composer/pianist Kurt Erickson and they proudly parent 4 children together.
56 minutes | Apr 11, 2020
Composer Juliana Hall, librettist Caitlin Vincent, and bass-baritone Zachary James join Abe and Christina to discuss their upcoming collaboration on a new “monodrama.” And in case you’ve never heard of Carnegie Hall, we’ll be sure to enlighten you. ZACHARY JAMES Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Zachary James, bass-baritone, described as a “true stage animal” by Opera News is an international opera singer known for his “huge, robust bass” which “resonates with force” (Bach Track), “tremendous power and presence” (The Arts Desk, London) and “intrinsically beautiful”, “cavernous bass” with “oomph and range” (Opera News). Zach was named as the 2019 Breakout Opera Artist of the Year by Verismo Magazine, The Most Innovative Opera Singer of 2019 by The Classical Post and was identified as an industry leader and accepted an invitation to become and official ambassador for Opera America. Zach started his career on Broadway and made his entrance into the opera world creating the role of Abraham Lincoln in the world premiere of Philip Glass’s opera The Perfect American at the Teatro Real in Madrid, a role he reprised for London’s English National Opera and Australia’s Opera Queensland and the Brisbane Festival. A winner of the Lotte Lenya Competition, Zach has been engaged by London’s English National Opera (Amenhotep III in the Olivier Award Winning production of Akhnaten, Abraham Lincoln in The Perfect American), Spain’s Teatro Real and Australia’s Opera Queensland (Abraham Lincoln in The Perfect American), LA Opera (Amenhotep III in Akhnaten), Opera Philadelphia (Terry in the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s Breaking the Waves), Des Moines Metro Opera (John Claggart in the Emmy Award winning broadcast production of Billy Budd, Vodnik in Rusalka), Arizona Opera (Fafner in Das Rheingold), Fort Worth Opera (The Ghost in Mark Adamo’s Avow), Opera Roanaoke (Olin Blitch in Susannah, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Alidoro in La cenerentola, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd), Opera Ithaca (Bluebeard in Bluebeard’s Castle, Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni), Shreveport Opera (Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance), Anchorage Opera (Pooh-Bah in The Mikado), Union Avenue Opera (The Mikado in The Mikado), Schlossoper Haldenstein, Switzerland (Sparafucile in Rigoletto), Teatro Citta della Pieve (Oberon in the world premiere of Kristin Hevner’s Il Sogno), Central City Opera (Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni), Ash Lawn Opera (Il Bonzo in Madama Butterfly) and Knoxville Opera (Il Bonzo in Madama Butterfly, Gideon March in Little Women, Joe in The Most Happy Fella), Phoenicia International Festival of Voice (Howard in Do Not Go Gentle), Prototype Festival NYC (Señor del Norte in La Reina), Metropolis Opera Project (Oberon in the USA premiere of Il Sogno), Chutzpah Festival (Rebbe in A Blessing on the Moon), American Lyric Theatre (Mr. Beauregard in The Golden Ticket) and Illuminarts Miami (Bass Soloist in The Little Matchgirl Passion). 2018 debuts include the role of Frank Maurrant in Street Scene with Virginia Opera, Zaccaria in Nabucco with Union Avenue Opera, Fafner in Das Rheingold with Arizona Opera, The Ghost in Avow with Fort Worth Opera and more. In 2019 Zach returned to English National Opera for Akhnaten, made his Nashville Opera debut as the Four Villains in Les Contes D’Hoffmann and returned to Des Moines Metro Opera to play the Doctor in Wozzeck. Zach made his Metropolitan Opera debut in their 2019/2020 season reprising the role of Amenhotep III in the Olivier Award winning production of Akhnaten and returned to Opera Philadelphia to play The Cook in The Love For Three Oranges. He will make his Minnesota Opera debut in the world premiere of Edward Tulane, Florentine Opera debut as Banquo in Macbeth and will return to Des Moines Metro Opera to sing Jupiter in Platee. Notable future season engagements include the title role in Sweeney Todd with Opera Omaha, reprising the role of Terry in Breaking The Waves with Los Angeles Opera, reprising the role of The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance with Virginia Opera, a return to The Metropolitan Opera and a debut with Dallas Opera. Learn more at https://www.zachjames.com/ JULIANA HALL Facebook Juliana Hall has been hailed as “one of our country’s most able and prolific art song composers” (NATS Journal of Singing), and her compositions have been called “brilliant” (Washington Post), “beguiling” (Times of London), and “the most genuinely moving music of the afternoon” (Boston Globe). Learn more at https://www.julianahall.com/ CAITLIN VINCENT Twitter Caitlin Vincent is an American librettist and lyricist whose writing has been praised as ‘nuanced and honest’ (DC Theatre Scene), ‘intriguing’ (The Baltimore Sun), and ‘a luminous standout’ (The Huffington Post). A classically-trained soprano, Vincent graduated cum laude from Harvard University and holds a MM degree from the Peabody Conservatory and a PhD from Deakin University in Australia. She is on faculty at the University of Melbourne. Learn more at http://www.caitlinvincent.com/
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