Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts and New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) present A Night at the Operetta on Wednesday, January 16 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program, which is the School’s eighth presentation with the New York Festival of Song, has pianist/arranger Steven Blier at the helm. Mr. Blier, is a member of Juilliard’s faculty and artistic director of NYFOS, and he is joined by NYFOS’ Associate Artistic Director Michael Barrett on the piano.
To counteract the gloom of January, NYFOS at Juilliard offers a program culled from the popular entertainment of another era: A Night at the Operetta. On the operetta art form, Mr. Blier writes: “This theatrical form swept the globe from 1855 until the early 1930s, filling theaters and lifting spirits throughout Europe and the Americas. The craze died out during the Great Depression, when jazz supplanted the waltz, and movie musicals overtook theater troupes. Fascism in Germany and Spain dealt the final coup de grâce to light opera. Most of the Viennese operetta giants were Jewish (or married to Jewish women), and therefore either exiled or banned as ‘degenerate.’ In America, feisty Broadway musicals inexorably replaced the romantic European-style operettas. By the time I was growing up in New York only a few, small, plucky companies like Light Opera of Manhattan were keeping works like The New Moon, Babes in Toyland, and A Night in Venice alive – with occasional forays into the genre by the New York City Opera. ”
The evening features nine singers from the Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts: sopranos Simone Easthope and Raquel González; mezzo-sopranos Virginie Verrez and Rachael Wilson; tenors Kyle Bielfield, Nathan Haller, and Miles Mykkanen; baritone Philip Stoddard; and bass-baritone Davone Tines. They will sing songs by Francisco Barbieri, Sidney Jones, Emmerich Kálmán, Jerome Kern, Franz Lehár, André Messager, Carl Millöcker, Jacques Offenbach, Sigmund Romberg, Moises Simons, Stephen Sondheim, Pablo Sorozábal, John Philip Sousa, and Arthur Sullivan. (The complete program follows at the end of this press release.)
FREE tickets for A Night at the Operetta will be available beginning January 7 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, located in the lobby of Juilliard at 155 West 65th Street. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or visit Juilliard’s Web site at www.juilliard.edu.
Artistic Director Steven Blier co-founded the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) in 1988 with Michael Barrett. Since the Festival’s inception he has programmed, performed, translated and annotated more than 130 vocal recitals with repertoire spanning the entire range of American song, art song from Schubert to Szymanowski, and popular song from early vaudeville to Lennon-McCartney. Mr. Blier also enjoys an eminent career as an accompanist and vocal coach. His recitals with Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Samuel Ramey, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, Jessye Norman, and José van Dam, in venues from Carnegie Hall to La Scala. A champion of American art song, he has premiered works of John Corigliano, Paul Moravec, Ned Rorem, William Bolcom, John Musto, Richard Danielpour, Tobias Picker, Robert Beaser, Lowell Liebermann, Harold Meltzer, and Lee Hoiby, many of which were commissioned by NYFOS.
Mr. Blier’s extensive discography includes the premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles (Koch International), which won a Grammy Award. His most recent releases are Spanish Love Songs (Bridge Records), recorded live at the Caramoor International Music Festival with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Joseph Kaiser, and Michael Barrett; the world premiere recording of Bastianello (John Musto) and Lucrezia (William Bolcom), a double bill of one-act comic operas set to librettos by Mark Campbell; and his latest recording, Quiet Please, an album of jazz standards with vocalist Darius de Haas.
Mr. Blier is a member of the faculty of Juilliard, and has been active in encouraging young recitalists at summer programs, including the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Santa Fe Opera, and the San Francisco Opera Center. His writings on opera have been featured in recent issues of Opera News magazine and the Yale Review. He recently has joined the artistic team at New York City Opera, where he is a consultant on casting. A native New Yorker, Mr. Blier received an honors degree in English Literature at Yale University, where he studied piano under Alexander Farkas. He completed his musical studies in New York with Martin Isepp and Paul Jacobs.
NYFOS co-founder and Associate Artistic Director Michael Barrett started NYFOS in 1987 with his friend and colleague Steven Blier. He was chief executive and general director of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts from 2003-2012, and will continue at Caramoor as artistic advisor for the coming season. In 1992, he co-founded the Moab Music Festival with his wife, violist Leslie Tomkins. From 1994 to 1997, he was the director of the Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92nd Street Y in New York. A protégé of Leonard Bernstein, Mr. Barrett began his long association with the renowned conductor and composer as a student in 1982. He is currently the artistic advisor for the estate of Leonard Bernstein.
Mr. Barrett has been a guest conductor with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de France, among others. He also has served as conductor, producer, and music director of numerous special projects, including dozens of world premieres by Bernstein, Musto, Bolcom, Rorem, and D’Rivera. Mr. Barrett’s discography includes: Spanish Love Songs, recorded live at Caramoor with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Steven Blier, and Joseph Kaiser; Live from the Moab Music Festival; the Grammy-nominated Evidence of Things Not Seen (New World Records); Aaron Kernis: 100 Greatest Dance Hits (New Albion); On the Town (Deutsche Grammophon); Kabbalah (Koch Classics) by Stewart Wallace and Michael Korie; Schumann Lieder with Lorraine Hunt and Kurt Ollmann (Koch); and Arias and Barcarolles (Koch) by Leonard Bernstein (Grammy Award).
Tenor Kyle Bielfield, a native of Miami, Florida, is a second-year master of music student at Juilliard, studying with Edith Bers. During his time at the School, he has received the J.W Drye Jr. Memorial Scholarship, the Juilliard Alumni Scholarship, the David Clayson Scholarship for Voice, and the Cecille Weber Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Bielfield was also a Vocal Merit Scholar at New York University from 2006-2009. Recent performances include the roles of Brighella in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with the Tel Aviv International Vocal Arts Institute, Yale Freshman in Center City Opera’s production of Spear’s Paul’s Case, Narcissus in All Wounds Bleed with American Lyric Theatre, and Dorvil in La scala di seta with Juilliard Opera. Mr. Bielfield has made several appearances in Alice Tully Hall, including the 2012 Juilliard Vocal Honors Recital, and Songfest with Brian Zeger. He also participated in the 2012 New York Festival of Song at Juilliard, and NYFOS Next, a collaborative new music project for new composers of art song. Mr. Bielfield is currently working on his debut art song album in collaboration with Delos Music.
Simone Easthope, a soprano from New South Wales, Australia, is a second-year master of music student at Juilliard where she studies with Edith Wiens. She is the recipient of the Higley Scholarship, the Opera Foundation of Australia’s Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, the R. Maurice Boyd Scholarship, and the Kia-Ora Music Grant. Recently, Ms. Easthope won third prize in the International Robert Schumann Competition, held in Zwickau every four years. In February, she performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah conducted by Helmuth Rilling, with the Orchestra e Coro Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. She was also a participant in the inaugural Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany, where she performed in an opera aria recital and Liederabend on National Bavarian Radio. Ms. Easthope’s opera roles include Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten, Therese/Tirésias in Les mamelles de Tirésias by Francis Poulenc, Angelique in Angelique by Jacques Ibert, and Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
Soprano Raquel González, from Lawrence, Kansas, is currently pursuing a master of music at Juilliard. A recent alumnus of the Juilliard undergraduate program, Ms. González has performed as Arminda (La finta giardiniera), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), and Mélisse in the Met Opera/Juilliard co-production of Gluck’s Armide. She has spent several summers at the Chautauqua Institution where she performed the roles of Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) and Une Pastourelle (L’enfant et les sortilèges). She has also appeared in concert with William Christie and Juilliard415 in Alice Tully Hall. Upon completing her undergraduate degree at Juilliard, Ms. González was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. She is a student of Marlena Malas and a recipient of the Toulmin Foundation Scholarship.
Tenor Nathan Haller, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Juilliard, studying with Edith Wiens. He was awarded the Mel Silverman Opera scholarship, the Dora L. Foster Scholarship, the Patricia L. Haspert Scholarshp and the Juilliard alumni scholarship. Past performances include singing the roles of Count Belfiore in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and Brack in Weill’s Down in the Valley, both at Juilliard. Mr. Haller also performed in New York Festival of Song's Invitation to the Dance. This past summer he was part of the inaugural Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany, where he sang in concerts with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester under Maestro Hostetter, and Bach’s B-Minor Mass with Helmuth Rilling.
Bessemer, Michigan native Miles Mykkanen is a fourth-year undergraduate tenor studying with Cynthia Hoffmann. He has been awarded the Caruso Memorial and Southwick Norwood Scholarships. Mr. Mykkanen will appear as Florindo in Juilliard’s production of Wolf-Ferrari’s Le donne curiose this February. In summer 2012 summer, Mr. Mykkanen led a two-week concert tour with the Pine Mountain Music Festival and attended the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria where he worked with esteemed artists Elly Ameling, Roger Vignoles, Rudolf Jansen, Helmut Deutsch, and Bernarda Fink. At Juilliard, he has performed the roles of Il Contino Belfiore in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Pa in Weill’s Down in the Valley, and the Bearded Lady in the Met Opera/Juilliard co-production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. He has also appeared in Juilliard’s “Wednesdays at One” series in Alice Tully Hall, New York Festival of Song and NYFOS Next concerts, and a Liederabend coached by Ken Noda. He is the recipient of the Lucrezia Bori Grant and is entering his third year as a Gluck Community Service Fellow. Mr. Mykkanen received the Gold Award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. He is an alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Academy where he graduated with the academy’s Young Artist Award.
Baritone Philip Stoddard, native of Phoenix, Arizona, is a fourth-year undergraduate at Juilliard, where he studies with Marlena Malas. He recently participated in the Chautauqua Music Festival where he covered the role of Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, performed the final scene from Eugene Onegin, and was a semi-finalist in the SAI Competition in Voice. At Juilliard, he has performed the role of Nardo in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Ferryman (cover) and Chorus in Britten’s Curlew River, Mr. Lindquist in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and Guccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. He has performed in recital in Italy, Germany, Austria, New York, and along the West Coast. Past master classes include Gerald Finley, Daniel Ferro and Richard Bonynge. Performances this season include recitals with Schubert & Co., the Kaleidoscope Concert Series, and the NYFOS at Juilliard. He will be seen as Arlecchino in Le donne curiose at Juilliard, and he will return to Chautauqua this summer to sing the title role in Don Giovanni. Mr. Stoddard is a recipient of the Lucrezia Bori Grant and is a three-year member of the Gluck Community Service Fellowship as a part of Juilliard’s Outreach Programs. He has been awarded the Edith Piper, Brenda Miller Cooper, and Juilliard Alumni scholarships.
Davone Tines, bass-baritone, is a second-year master of music student at Juilliard, studying with Cynthia Hoffmann. A 2009 graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Tines holds the Irene Diamond Scholarship and the Mildred H. Kellogg Scholarship. Past performances include the title role in Gianni Schicchi with GMU Opera, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, and Top in Copland’s The Tender Land, both produced by Dunster House Opera at Harvard. Mr. Tines has been a featured soloist with the National Philharmonic Chorale, Reston Chorale, Cambridge Chorus, Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, and the Longy Chamber Chorus. Recent engagements include covering the role of Willi in the U.S. premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen!, singing the role of Norton in Rossini's La cambiale di matrimonio at Juilliard, as well as performing with the Clarion Music Society in Bach's Magnificat in Alice Tully Hall. This past summer, Mr. Tines was in residence at the Castleton Festival under the direction of Lorin Maazel and recently sang with the Festival’s production of La bohème at the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman. Upcoming engagements include a wide array of concert and recital work at Juilliard and Lincoln Center, as well as a number of new music premieres.
A native of France, mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez is a fourth-year undergraduate at Juilliard, where she studies with Edith Wiens. Ms. Verrez has appeared in recitals in Paris, Baden bei Wien and Vienna, and has sung in Vivaldi's Dixit Dominus in Limoges. As a participant at the Schubert Institute, Ms. Verrez studied with renowned artists such as Roger Vignoles and Robert Holl. Recently, Ms. Verrez gave her debut at Carnegie Hall premiering a work for orchestra by George Oakley, and was the first prize winner at the Festival d'Arles International Competition.
Mezzo-soprano Rachael Wilson, from Las Vegas, Nevada, is a second-year master of music student at Juilliard. At Juilliard, Ms. Wilson has appeared with New York Festival of Song, in the U.S. premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen!, and in a Russian-themed Liederabend. She has also performed in Alice Tully Hall, singing Bach’s Magnificat with the Clarion Music Society. In other recent productions she has appeared as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, as Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and the soloist in John Corigliano’s Fern Hill. This summer, Ms. Wilson was awarded the Bori Grant, which she used to study in Florence, Italy. She also participated in the inaugural Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, where she took part in master classes with artists such as Ann Murray, Malcolm Martineau, and Helmuth Rilling. Ms. Wilson’s awards include an Alice Tully Scholarship, the LeRoy Custer Award, and the H. Weinstock Scholarship. Upcoming solo engagements include Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle as the mezzo soloist with Philadelphia Chamber Music Society at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
COMPLETE PROGRAM LISTING
JUILLIARD AND NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG PRESENT
A NIGHT AT THE OPERETTA
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 8 PM
Alice Tully Hall
Michael Barrett and Steven Blier, piano
Andrew Stenvall, percussion
Jeanne Slater, choreographer
Mary Birnbaum, stage director
Simone Easthope and Raquel González, sopranos
Virginie Verrez and Rachael Wilson, mezzo-sopranos
Kyle Bielfield, Nathan Haller, and Miles Mykkanen, tenors
Philip Stoddard, baritone
Davone Tines, bass-baritone
FREE tickets for A Night at the Operetta will be available beginning January 7 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, located in the lobby of Juilliard at 155 West 65th Street.
Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM.
For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or visit Juilliard’s Web site at www.juilliard.edu.
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FRANZ LEHÁR: Gern hab’ ich die Frauen geküsst, from Paganini
LEHÁR: Zauber der Häuslichkeit, from Die lustige Witwe
EMMERICH KÁLMÁN: Mein alter Stradivari, from Der Ziguenerprimas (Sari)
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EMMANUEL CHABRIER: Le rondeau du colporteur
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JEROME KERN: There Isn’t One Girl in the World for Me, from Sitting Pretty
JOHN PHILIP SOUSA: Against the Spanish Army, from El Capitán
MOISES SIMÓNS: C’est ça l’amour, from Toi c’est moi
LEHÁR: Schön wie die blaue Sommernacht, from Giuditta
MANUEL FERNÁNDEZ CABALLERO: Yo quiero a un hombre, from El cabo primero
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SIGMUND ROMBERG: April Snow, from Up in Central Park
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