Canadian mezzo-soprano and Juilliard alumna, Michèle Losier, is joined by pianist Brian Zeger for her New York debut recitalon Thursday, December 1 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall as the winner of the 15th annual Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut RecitalAward. The all-French program features songs by Bizet, Duparc, Franck, Massenet, Poulenc, Ravel, Satie, and Weill. (A complete listing follows at the end of this press release.) In November and December, Ms. Losier will be appearing at the Met in the role of Siébel in the Met’s production of Gounod’s Faust.
Tickets to the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital are $30 and will be available beginning October 27 at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office, as well as through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or online at www.lincolncenterorg. Half-price student and senior citizen tickets will be available with a valid ID at the Juilliard Box Office; TDF vouchers are accepted. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or visit Juilliard’s Web site at www.juilliard.edu.
This season, Michèle Losier has already debuted at the Salzburg Festival as Dorabella in Così fan tutte and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Siébel in Faust, a role which takes her to the Met Opera. Ms. Losier returns to the Royal Opera House for Così fan tuttein early 2012. Other upcoming performances include Ravel’s Sheherazade with the Qatar Philharmonic and Berlioz’ Les nuits d’été with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. Future performances include the title role of Cherubini’s Médée at Théâtre du Champs Elysées, and as Dulcinée in Don Quichotte in Nice.
Recent successes include her appearance at San Francisco Opera as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and the role of Ruggiero in Alcina,conducted by Marc Minkowski, and Les Musiciens du Louvre in concert. She returned to her hometown of Montreal to appear as Charlotte in Werther and travelled to Paris for Cendrillon’s Prince at Opera Comique. At Arizona Opera, she sang Dorabella, and made her debut at Teatro alla Scala as Frasquita in Carmen, conducted by Daniel Barenboim. She went on to appear at Palm Beach Opera as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and at Washington National Opera as Cherubino.
Ms. Losier was a Laureate at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 2005, which led to her Met debut in 2007 as Diane in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, conducted by Louis Langrée, alongside Susan Graham and Placido Domingo, who later conducted her at Los Angeles Opera. Her success at the 2008 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition led to a recital tour of Europe and a recording of the works of Duparc, entitled Complete Melodies, with pianist Daniel Blumenthal, released in April 2009 on the Fuga Libera label. Ms. Losier is a past member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Opera de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique and the Juilliard Opera Center. She is an alumna of McGill University.
Brian Zeger, pianist and artistic director of Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, has built an important career not only as a pianist, appearing in distinguished concert venues throughout the United States and Europe, but also as an ensemble performer, radio broadcaster, artistic administrator and educator. In a career spanning more than two decades, Mr. Zeger has enjoyed collaborations with many of the world’s top artists, including Marilyn Horne, Kathleen Battle, Arleen Auger, René Pape, Deborah Voigt, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Frederica von Stade, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Adrianne Pieczonka, Hei-Kyung Hong, Juliane Banse, and Joyce DiDonato. Recent and upcoming engagements include recitals with Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Frederica von Stade, Adrianne Pieczonka, and René Pape. He is director of the vocal program at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, and recently has taken on the role of Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program.
The annual Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital was created with a permanently endowed grant from the Alice Tully Foundation and provides an important public debut for a young singer on the threshold of a professional career. Past recipients have included Paul Appleby and Susanna Phillips, among others.
About the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at Juilliard
One of America’s most prestigious programs for educating singers, The Juilliard School’s newly-named Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts offers young artists programs tailored to their talents and needs. From bachelor and master of music degrees to advanced artist diploma programs in voice and opera studies, Juilliard provides frequent performance opportunities, featuring singers in its own recital halls, on Lincoln Center’s stages, and around New York City.
Juilliard Opera has presented numerous premieres of new operas as well as works from the standard repertoire. This November 2011, Juilliard Opera presents the U.S. premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ new opera, Kommilitonen!, written and directed by David Pountney and conducted by Anne Manson.
Juilliard graduates may be heard on recordings and in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world; diverse alumni artists include well-known performers such as Simon Estes, Renée Fleming, Leontyne Price, Risë Stevens, Tatiana Troyanos and Shirley Verrett, as well as more recent alumni including Paul Appleby, Julie Boulianne, Sasha Cooke, Isabel Leonard, Simon O’Neill, Susanna Phillips, and Emalie Savoy.
ALICE TULLY VOCAL ARTS DEBUT RECITAL
Michèle Losier, mezzo-soprano, and Brian Zeger, piano
Thursday, December 1, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall
Cesar Franck - “Le mariage des roses”, “Lied”, “La procession”
Jules Massenet - “À Colombine”, “Elégie”, “À la Trépassée”, "Un Adieu"
Georges Bizet - “Après l’hiver”, “La Coccinelle”, “Adieux de l’hôtesse arabe”
Henri Duparc - “Sérénade”,“Phidylé”, “Sérénade florentine”, “Au pays où se fait la guerre”
Maurice Ravel - Chansons Madécasses: “Nahandove”, “Aoua”, “Il est doux” with Juilliard flutist Daniel James and Juilliard cellist Meta Weiss
Francis Poulenc - Banalités: “Chanson d’Orkenise”, “Hôtel”, “Fagnes de Wallonie”, “Voyage à Paris”, “Sanglots”
Erik Satie - “La statue de Bronze”, “Daphénéo”,“Le Chapelier”,“La Diva de l’Empire”
Kurt Weill - “Ne me quitte pas”, “Youkali”
Tickets for this recital are $30 and will be available beginning October 27 at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office, as well as through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or online at www.lincolncenter.org. Half-price student and senior citizen tickets are available with a valid ID at the Juilliard Box Office. TDF vouchers are accepted. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or visit Juilliard’s Web site atwww.juilliard.edu.