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Juilliard Announces its 2013-2014 Season of Operas and Vocal Performances

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

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Richard Bonynge (Photo by Paul Gosney)
Richard Bonynge (Photo by Paul Gosney)
Julian Wachner (Courtesy JulianWachner.com)
Julian Wachner (Courtesy JulianWachner.com)
Emmanuel Villaume (Photo by Akos Photography)
Emmanuel Villaume (Photo by Akos Photography)
Sasha Cooke (Photo by Dario Acosta)
Sasha Cooke (Photo by Dario Acosta)
Brian Zeger (Photo by Jared Slater)
Brian Zeger (Photo by Jared Slater)

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Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts opens its 2013-14 season with the first-ever NYC public master class led by esteemed conductor Richard Bonynge on Wednesday, October 9 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Georg Solti Accademia, based in Italy and dedicated to the art of Italian opera and song,. Juilliard singers will be among the participants (to be announced in September). in the master class.

Acknowledged Bel Canto scholar Richard Bonynge has been honored with his homeland’s Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), and is a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).. As a conductor, he is widely regarded as being extraordinarily sympathetic to singers on the stage and his instinct, knowledge, and feel for voices, has become legendary. In addition to his own career, he is universally acknowledged for guiding the career of his late wife, soprano Joan Sutherland. He made his conducting debut in Rome in 1962 with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, and has since conducted at most of the world’s opera houses. Former posts include artistic director of Vancouver Opera and musical director of Australian Opera.

A press-only Q&A session with Accademia founder Lady Valerie Solti, Accademia Executive Director Candice Wood, and Accademia Artistic Director Jonathan Papp, takes place from 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM prior to the master class. Joining them will be Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi and Artistic Director of Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, pianist Brian Zeger.

 

In November, Juilliard Opera opens its season with a production of Handel’s Radamisto, directed by James Darrah and conducted by Julian Wachner with Juilliard singers and Juilliard Historical Performance musicians, Juilliard415. Handel’s opera was written for the Royal Academy of Music and had its premiere in the spring of 1720 at King’s Theatre, Haymarket. The three-act opera is set to an Italian libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym, based on L’amour tiranico by Domenico Lalli’s Florentine play. Performances take place on Wednesday, November 20 (8 PM); Friday, November 22 (8 PM); and Sunday, November 24 (2 PM) in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Radamisto are $30, available 10/16 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box office at Juilliard, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or online at juilliard.edu/radamisto. Senior and student tickets are $15, available at the Juilliard Box Office only.

Los Angeles-based director, production designer, and visual artist James Darrah is committed to collaborative projects within the mediums of opera, theater, musical theater, and film/video. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut with direction and production design for an experimental multimedia production of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt featuring the music of Grieg, Schnittke, and Robin Holloway, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, in January 2013. Other recent work includes direction and design for Chicago Opera Theater with critically acclaimed new productions of Handel’s Teseo and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Médée, and his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut with Luciano Berio’s Recital 1 (for Cathy) as part of the Green Umbrella series. Upcoming projects include his directing debut with Opera Omaha and frequent collaborator Stephen Stubbs conducting Handel’s Agrippina; direction for the world premiere of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting; Schoenberg’s The Book of Hanging Gardens with Boston Court Performing Arts in Los Angeles; continued collaborations with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on John Adams’ oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary (Peter Sellars, director) and Le nozze di Figaro (Christopher Alden, director); his directing debut for Pacific Musicworks in Seattle; and Così fan tutte in Hawaii, as well as projects for the new Camden Stage Festival in Maine, of which he is artistic director.

Grammy®-nominated conductor Julian Wachner is sought after as conductor, composer, and keyboard artist. Recent and upcoming engagements include those with the Lincoln Center Festival (The Blind); BAM Next Wave Festival (Liederabend 2013); The Rolling Stones (50th anniversary tour); New York City Opera (VOX); Hong Kong Philharmonic; TENET (TENEbrae); Portland Baroque (Messiah); and with Carnegie Hall (Arvo Pärt’s Passio). As director of music and the arts at New York’s historic Trinity Wall Street, he oversees an annual season of more than 900 events, including Trinity’s numerous and varied concert offerings, series, festivals, museum exhibitions, dance and theater performances, poetry and literary readings, and educational/outreach initiatives in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn in partnership with New York City’s public school system. At Trinity Wall Street, Mr. Wachner serves as principal conductor of NOVUS NY (Trinity’s resident contemporary music orchestra), Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Choir of Trinity Wall Street.

           

In February, in Juilliard’s more intimate Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, the Juilliard Opera season continues with a production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, directed by Mary Birnbaum and conducted by Matthew Aucoin, and featuring Juilliard singers and the Juilliard Orchestra. The libretto is by the composer and Konstantin Shilovsky, and based on the novel by Alexander Pushkin. Eugene Onegin had its premiere on May 29, 1879 at the Maly Theatre in Moscow. Performances take place on Wednesday, February 19 (8 PM); Friday, February 21 (8 PM); and Sunday, February 23 (2 PM) in Juilliard’s Willson Theater. Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Eugene Onegin in the School’s Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater are FREE, although seating is limited. Tickets are required and will be available 2/13, only at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/onegin

Mary Birnbaum founded art.party.theater.company in 2009 and as its director, has led collaborations with Flux Factory, American Opera Projects, The Foundry Theatre, and Bryant Park. She has assisted Stephen Wadsworth at Seattle Opera, Juilliard, the Metropolitan Opera, and on Master Class on Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club. She joined Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts in 2010 where she teaches acting to opera singers. She is an alumna of Harvard College, Ecole Jacques Lecoq, and Juilliard, where she was awarded the inaugural James S. Marcus directing fellowship. She was a member of the T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange 2011 and is a member of the junior board at New York City Center.

Matthew Aucoin is a composer, conductor, poet, and pianist. A 2012 graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude) and the youngest assistant conductor in the history of the Metropolitan Opera, he is composing his third opera, commissioned by the American Repertory Theater, which will be premiered in Boston in the 2014-2015 season, directed by Diane Paulus. Mr. Aucoin recently won the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Solti Conducting Apprenticeship; he will spend a substantial portion of the next two seasons working and studying with the CSO’s music director, Riccardo Muti. Mr. Aucoin’s newest orchestral work, This Same Light, was premiered in May at the Peabody Essex Museum, where he is composer-in-residence and music director of the Encounters Ensemble. During 2013-14, Mr. Aucoin will serve as cover conductor for the Met’s production of Shostakovich’s The Nose, and will make his Rome Opera debut in a concert with the Rome Opera Orchestra. Currently also a second-year composer in the master of music program at Juilliard, Mr. Aucoin studies with department chair Robert Beaser.

 

The Juilliard Opera season concludes with a production of Massenet’s Cendrillon, directed by Peter Kazaras and conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. Massenet’s librettist, Henri Cain, based his libretto of Cendrillon on the original version of her story written by Charles Perrault, a 17th-century French author who created versions of many folktales. Performances take place on Wednesday, April 23 (8 PM); Friday, April 25 (8 PM); and Sunday, April 27 (2 PM) in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Cendrillon are $30, available 3/19 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or online at www.juilliard.edu/cendrillon. Senior and student tickets are $15, available at the Juilliard Box Office only.

Stage Director Peter Kazaras has been director of Opera Studies at UCLA since 2007. Earlier in his career, he received worldwide acclaim as an operatic tenor, performing at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, and Vienna, among many others. Recently he re-appeared on stage to sing Abe Kaplan in Chautauqua Opera’s production of Street Scene and Emperor Altoum in Seattle Opera’s Turandot and the Duchesse of Krackenthorp in La fille du régiment, also at Seattle Opera. His recent productions with Seattle Opera include The Consul and the company's first ever HD transmission, Madame Butterfly. Other Seattle Opera main stage productions include Tristan und Isolde, Falstaff, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Norma, and The Marriage of Figaro. He has given master classes at Florida State University, Yale, Vassar, where he co-directed their Opera Workshop, and at the Chautauqua Institute School of Music Vocal Department. A native New Yorker, he is a graduate of Harvard College and resides in Los Angeles.

A frequent guest conductor at Juilliard, Emmanuel Villaume has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Lyric Opera of Chicago; the Washington National Opera; San Francisco Opera; Los Angeles Opera; Santa Fe Opera; Bastille Opera; Nice Opera; Monte Carlo Opera; La Fenice in Venice; Hamburg Staatsoper; and Bonn Opera; among others. He also has led the Montreal Symphony and the Quebec Symphony; the Chicago Symphony; and Boston, San Francisco, Houston, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Detroit, Utah, and Oregon symphonies. In Europe, Mr. Villaume has conducted the Orchestre de Paris; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Beethovenhalle Orchestra of Bonn; and the Prague Philharmonic. In Australia, he has led the Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane symphonies. Mr. Villaume makes his home in Paris and in New York. Born in Strasbourg in 1964, he began his musical education at the Strasbourg Conservatory and continued his studies in Paris where he received degrees in literature, philosophy, and musicology. He also studied dramatic arts and performed in theatrical productions. Mr. Villaume is the author of noted musicological articles and research papers.

Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital Award

American mezzo-soprano and alumna of Juilliard, Sasha Cooke, receives this season’s Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital Award, and is presented in recital on Monday, April 7 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. Ms. Cooke was critically praised for her portrayal of Kitty Oppenheimer in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, and the DVD of the opera won the 2012 Grammy® Award for Best Opera Recording. The New Yorker praised Ms. Cooke for her “fresh, vital portrayal, bringing a luminous tone, a generously supported musical line, a keen sense of verbal nuance, and a flair for seduction.”

The Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital Award was created with a permanently endowed grant from the Alice Tully Foundation and provides important public recital opportunities for both emerging and established artists. Now in its 17th year, the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital has been awarded to an impressive array of Juilliard singers, including Paul Appleby, Michèle Losier, Susanna Phillips, Shenyang, Sarah Wolfson, and last season, Jennifer Zetlan. Pei-Yao Wang is pianist for Ms. Cooke’s Alice Tully Hall recital.

Tickets to the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital are $20 and will be available March 10 at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or online at lincolncenter.org; senior/student tickets are $10, available at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office only. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or visit Juilliard’s Web site at http://events.juilliard.edu.

Hailing from College Station, TX, Sasha Cooke is a graduate of Rice University before attending Juilliard, where she studied with William Smith and received her master of music degree in 2006. Her voice most frequently described by reviewers as radiant, creamy, and luminous, Ms. Cooke is a rapidly rising star of concert and opera stages throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Remembered vividly for her portrayal as Kitty Oppenheimer in the 2008 Metropolitan Opera premiere performances of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, she has since performed with major American orchestras coast-to-coast and festivals around the world, always to high critical praise. In November, Ms. Cooke sings twice in New York, appearing with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and with the New York Philharmonic. In addition to her studies at Juilliard and Rice, Ms. Cooke also has attended the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, the Wolf Trap Foundation, Marlboro Music Festival, and Central City Opera’s Young Artist Training Program.
 

Juilliard Songfest

 

Juilliard Songfest, curated by Marcus Institute Artistic Director, pianist Brian Zeger, features Juilliard singers and instrumentalists in the music of Benjamin Britten on the occasion of the composer’s centenary and takes place on Tuesday, December 3 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall.

FREE tickets will be available beginning November 19 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.

 

New York Festival of Song at Juilliard

Juilliard and New York Festival of Song at Juilliard present “The Land Where the Good Songs Go,” featuring Juilliard singers in a celebration of P.G. Wodehouse’s collaborations with Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Ivor Novello. Steven Blier, Juilliard faculty member and artistic director of the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), and Michael Barrett, associate director of NYFOS and former chief executive and general director at Caramoor (2003-2012), have featured Juilliard singers in this annual co-presentation for the past eight editions of the popular New York Festival of Song at Juilliard series.

This season’s concert takes place on Wednesday, January 15 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. FREE tickets will be available January 6 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.

 

Vocal Arts Honors Recital

Juilliard’s annual Vocal Arts Honors Recital takes place on Thursday, March 20 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. Singers are nominated by Juilliard’s voice faculty and selected by a group of distinguished judges. The Vocal Arts Honors Recital provides an important opportunity for singers from Juilliard’s Marcus Institute to perform before the general public. This season’s singers will be announced in December. FREE tickets will be available beginning March 6 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.

 

Liederabend

Juilliard’s Liederabend series showcases singers from the Marcus Institute in performances of song literature. Liederabend performances pair singers with students from Juilliard’s Collaborative Piano Department and take place on Thursdays at 6 PM in Paul Hall on October 31, November 21, December 12, Wednesday, March 27, and April 10. The January Liederabend takes place on Wednesday, January 22 at 6, also in the School’s Paul Hall. Performances are FREE; no tickets are required.

 

Juilliard’s “Wednesdays at One”

Juilliard singers are presented twice this season on Juilliard’s “Wednesdays at One” series – the free, hour-long lunchtime concerts presented regularly by the School in Alice Tully Hall. Juilliard singers are featured on December 4 and March 26; doors open at 12:30 PM. FREE: no tickets are required.

 

About the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at Juilliard

 

Brian Zeger, Artistic Director

One of America’s most prestigious programs for educating singers, The Juilliard School’s 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. 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, Anthony Dean Griffey, Leontyne Price, Risë Stevens, Tatiana Troyanos, and Shirley Verrett, as well as more recent alumni including Paul Appleby, Julie Boulianne, Sasha Cooke, Isabel Leonard, Erin Morley, Simon O’Neill, Susanna Phillips, Emalie Savoy, and Jennifer Zetlan.

Pianist Brian Zeger has built a distinguished international performance career in addition to appearing as 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 and enjoys an active career as a chamber musician. Currently he is artistic director of the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for the Vocal Arts at The Juilliard School and the executive director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program

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JUILLIARD OPERA 2013-2014

CALENDAR

 

Wednesday, November 20 and Friday, November 22 at 8 PM;

Sunday, November 24 at 2 PM in

Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

 

RADAMISTO by Georg Frideric Handel

Librettist:  Nicola Francesco Haym

Director: James Darrah

Conductor: Julian Wachner

Juilliard Singers

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Tickets are $30, available 10/16 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box office at Juilliard, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or online at www.juilliard.edu/radamisto. Senior and student tickets are $15, available at the Juilliard Box Office only.

 

Wednesday, February 19 and Friday, February 21 at 8 PM;

Sunday, February 23 at 2 PM in

Juilliard’s Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater

 

EUGENE ONEGIN by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky

Librettist: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky, based on the novel by Alexander Pushkin

Director: Mary Birnbaum

Conductor: Matthew Aucoin

Juilliard Singers

Juilliard Orchestra

Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Eugene Onegin in the School’s Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater are FREE, although seating is limited. Tickets are required and will be available 2/16, only at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/onegin.

 

Wednesday, April 23 and Friday, April 25 at 8 PM;

Sunday, April 27 at 2 PM in

Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

 

CENDRILLON by Jules Massenet

Librettist: Henri Cain

Director: Peter Kazaras

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Juilliard Singers

Juilliard Orchestra

Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Cendrillon are $30, available 3/19 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500 or online at www.juilliard.edu/cendrillon. Senior and student tickets are $15, available at the Juilliard Box Office only.

Juilliard Opera is supported by the vision and generous lead funding of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture and its Chairman, Dr. Haruhisa Handa.

 

JUILLIARD 2013-2014

VOCAL PERFORMANCE

CALENDAR

 

MASTER CLASS WITH RICHARD BONYNGE

Wednesday, October 9, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Georg Solti Accademia, an Italian-based organization dedicated to the art of Italian opera and song.

FREE and open to the public. Tickets will be available beginning September 25 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office.

 

JUILLIARD LIEDERABEND

Throughout the season on Thursdays (except for January 22) at 6 PM in Paul Hall on October 31, November 21, December 12, Wednesday, January 22, March 27, and April 10.

FREE; no tickets are required.

 

JUILLIARD’S “WEDNESDAYS AT ONE”

December 4 and March 26, 1 PM, Alice Tully Hall

FREE; no tickets are required.

 

JUILLIARD SONGFEST

Tuesday, December 3, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Celebrating Britten’s Centenary

Curator and Pianist Brian Zeger

Juilliard singers and instrumentalists

FREE tickets will be available beginning November 19 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.

 

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG AT JUILLIARD

Wednesday, January 15, 8 PM, Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

“The Land Where the Good Songs Go”

Juilliard and New York Festival of Song at Juilliard present “The Land Where the Good Songs Go,” featuring Juilliard singers in a celebration of P.G. Wodehouse’s collaborations with Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Ivor Novello

FREE tickets will be available beginning January 6 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.

 

VOCAL ARTS HONORS RECITAL (Singers to be announced)

Thursday, March 20 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall

FREE tickets will be available beginning March 6 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.

 

MEZZO-SOPRANO SASHA COOKE IN RECITAL

Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital

Monday, April 7, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Tickets for this recital are $20 and are available at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office at Juilliard, through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, or online at lincolncenter.org beginning March 10. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office only. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or visit Juilliard’s Web site at events.juilliard.edu.

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Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard is located at 155 West 65th Street, in the lobby of The Juilliard School.

Box Office hours are Monday - Friday, 11 AM - 6 PM.

Information at http://events.juilliard.edu or call (212) 769-7406.

Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Paul Hall, and Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater are located inside Juilliard, 155 West 65th Street.

Alice Tully Hall is located at the corner of Broadway and West 66th Street on the northern edge of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.