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Juilliard Announces 2014-15 Season of Operas and Vocal Performances

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Highlights Include Three Main-Stage Operas by Rossini, Britten, and Mozart; Master Class with Soprano Elly Ameling; Juilliard Songfest with Juilliard Singers and Pianist Brian Zeger; New York Festival of Song at Juilliard in "Great American Songwriting Teams"; and More!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Elly Ameling
Elly Ameling
Speranza Scappucci (Photo by Silvia Lelli)
Speranza Scappucci (Photo by Silvia Lelli)
Mark Shapiro
Mark Shapiro
Gary Thor Wedow
Gary Thor Wedow
Brian Zeger (Photo by Jared Slater)
Brian Zeger (Photo by Jared Slater)
Steven Blier (Photo by Dario Acosta)
Steven Blier (Photo by Dario Acosta)

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Juilliard announces its 2014-15 season of opera and vocal arts performances by its Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts. Highlights of the upcoming season include three main-stage operas by Rossini, Britten, and Mozart; a residency followed by a public master class with Dutch soprano Elly Ameling; Juilliard Songfest, a program curated and performed by pianist and Marcus Institute Artistic Director Brian Zeger, featuring Juilliard singers; and a New York Festival of Song at Juilliard concert featuring songs by “Great American Songwriting Teams”. A Met+Juilliard co-presentation will be announced at a later date, as will the winners of the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital Award. Three additional Juilliard vocal master classes will be announced and will be streamed live. Last season’s master classes featured mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, soprano Renée Fleming, and bass-baritone Eric Owens.  

The Juilliard Opera season opens with a production of Gioachino Rossini’s Il turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy), a drama buffo in two acts. Juilliard alumnus Speranza Scappucci conducts Juilliard singers and the Juilliard Orchestra in the production directed by John Giampietro. The libretto for the opera is by Felice Romani, after the libretto by Caterino Mazzolà. Rossini was only 22 years old at the time he wrote the opera and already was esteemed as an operatic composer. His opera, L’italiana in Algeri, performed a year prior, was a success and led him to compose a companion piece. Il turco in Italia had its first performance on August 14, 1814 at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan. The audience in Milan felt the opera was too similar to L’italiana in Algeri, and they felt cheated by Rossini; the opera was not warmly received. The quality of the score helped change that, and the opera was revived just four years after its premiere and was well-received. Today the opera is considered a masterpiece of the buffo genre. Performances take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 and Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8 PM; and Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Il turco in Italia are $30, available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Juilliard Box Office. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Juilliard Box Office. For further information, call (212) 769-7406.

Speranza Scappucci is rapidly making her mark as one of the most versatile and dynamic new conductors on the international scene. After Così fan tutte and I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Yale Opera, she led Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at Glimmerglass and new productions of Don Giovanni at Scottish Opera and at Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, as well as Norma at Teatro São Carlos in Lisbon. Her recent Italian debut at the Macerata Opera Festival in July 2014 with La traviata was well received by the press and the audiences. Upcoming engagements include L’equicovo stravagante at Teatro Arriaga Bilbao and Il turco in Italia with The Juilliard School. In 2015, she will conduct a new production of La sonnambula with the Mozarteum Orchestra at Landestheater Salzburg, La cenerentola at Washington National Opera and a new production of La fille du régiment at Santa Fe Opera. Upcoming symphonic engagements include concerts with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Concertgebouw, and Orchestra Regionale Toscana in Florence. In November 2013, her first CD of Mozart arias with soprano Marina Rebeka was released on Warner Classics. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome, she worked next to Riccardo Muti for eight years at the Salzburg Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, and Rome Opera. As assistant conductor, she regularly collaborated with the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, NYCO, Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera Santa Fe, and the Glyndebourne Festival.

John Giampietro is a Brooklyn-based director of opera and theater. Recent directing credits include Eric Dufault’s Year of the Rooster at Ensemble Studio Theatre (Out Critics Circle Award for playwriting and Drama Desk nomination for featured actor Bobby Moren). He is a frequent director for EST’s Obie Award-winning playwriting program, Youngblood. At Juilliard, Mr. Giampietro directed Le nozze di Figaro and the double-bill Curlew River and Riders to the Sea. Other productions have been seen at The Accidental Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Vermont Shakespeare, Phoenix Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Serials@The Flea, Curtis Institute of Music, and the Chautauqua Institution. Mr. Giampietro is a faculty member and principal stage director for the Chautauqua Institution School of Music and a faculty member in Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts. He is the author of the plays, The Immolation of Kathy Chang(e) and The Strength of God and other grotesques. His 2014 projects included play development at Ryder Farm with Eric Default and The Green Plays! at Gowanus Art and Production.

In February, in Juilliard’s intimate Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, the Juilliard Opera season continues with a production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, conducted by Mark Shapiro and directed by Mary Birnbaum, and featuring Juilliard singers and members of the Juilliard Orchestra. The libretto by Ronald Duncan is based on André Obey’s play, Le viol de Lucrèce (1931). The opera was composed in 1945-6, revised in 1947, and premiered on July 12, 1946 at Glyndebourne in Sussex, England; the U.S. premiere took place on June 1, 1947 at the Shubert Theater of Chicago Opera. Performances take place on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 and Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8 PM; and Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2 PM in Juilliard’s Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater.

Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of The Rape of Lucretia are $30, available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Juilliard Box Office. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Juilliard Box Office. For further information, call (212) 769-7406.

Mark Shapiro is music director of the Prince Edward Island Symphony and The Cecilia Chorus of New York and artistic director of Cantori New York. His performances with the PEISO have included symphonies by Beethoven, Mahler, Nielsen, and Rachmaninoff and others as well as concertos and collaborations with Canadian composers and folk singers. He has led The Cecilia Chorus of New York at Carnegie Hall in the New York premiere of the Mass in D (1891) by Dame Ethel Smyth in addition to the requiems of Mozart and Verdi, Bruckner’s Te Deum, and more. With Cantori New York, he has conducted over 160 national, local, and world premieres by a comprehensive roster of international composers. Mr. Shapiro is one of a handful of artistic leaders in North America to have won a prestigious ASCAP programming award four times, achieving the rare distinction of winning this award with more than one ensemble. Mr. Shapiro’s opera engagements have included Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti as well as new operas by Paul Crabtree, Stefania De Kenessey, Michael Dellaira, Jorge Martín, Pete Wyer, and Ben Yarmolinsky. At Juilliard, he conducted Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias in 2010 and a double-bill of Vaughan-Williams’s Riders to the Sea and Britten’s Curlew River in 2012.

Mary Birnbaum is a New York City-based director of theater and opera. Most recent credits include a chamber version of Eugene Onegin at Juilliard ("This is a different kind of 'Onegin'... more personal and rawer" –The New York Times), the world premiere of Jeremy Denk and Steven Stucky's The Classical Style at the Ojai Festival, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail at IVAI in Israel. Other music works include productions at Juilliard (La finta giardiniera, Le donne curiose, Down in the Valley), American Opera Projects (Bad Romance), Melbourne Opera Studio (Rorem's Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters), New World Symphony (Joe Tracz's The Nest Thief), and NYFOS @ Juilliard. Ms. Birnbaum founded and led Art Party Theater Company, an interactive storytelling company that was hailed as “genius” (Encore Magazine). She has also collaborated with playwrights to develop new plays with the Playwright’s Realm, LA's Son of Semele Theater, New Orleans Fringe Festival, and The Old Vic in London. She is an alumna of the Soho Rep Writers/Directors Lab and a current member of the New Georges Jam. Ms. Birnbaum has assisted Stephen Wadsworth at Santa Fe Opera (King Roger), the Met (Boris Godunov), Manhattan Theater Club (Master Class) and Seattle Opera (Amelia). She was the associate director of Wadsworth's Ring cycle at Seattle Opera in 2013. As the associate director of the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program at Juilliard, Ms. Birnbaum teaches and coaches acting for singers at the undergraduate, master’s, and post-graduate level. She has an A.B. from Harvard, a certificate in movement and design from Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and was the first recipient of the Marcus Directing Fellowship at Juilliard.

The Juilliard Opera season concludes with a production of W.A. Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 (The Marriage of Figaro) opera buffa in four acts conducted by Gary Thor Wedow and directed by Stephen Wadsworth. The libretto is by Lorenzo da Ponte, after a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, La folle journée, ou Le Marriage de Figaro (1784). The first performance took place on May 1, 1786 at the Burgtheater in Vienna with Mozart conducting. With Le nozze di Figaro (2015), Mr. Wadsworth will complete his Mozart-da Ponte trilogy, having previously directed Don Giovanni (2012) and Così fan tutte (2013) at Juilliard. He also has directed Falstaff, Ariodante, and The Bartered Bride at the School. Performances take place on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8 PM; Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2 PM; and Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Le nozze di Figaro are $30, available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Juilliard Box Office. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Juilliard Box Office. For further information, call (212) 769-7406.            

Conductor Gary Thor Wedow has established an enviable reputation for dramatically exciting and historically informed performances with opera companies, orchestras, and festivals throughout North America. He debuted with the New York Philharmonic in 2012 conducting Handel’s Messiah and returned in 2013-14 for the same work. A frequent guest of Seattle Opera, some of Mr. Wedow’s recent successes there include the double bill of Poulenc’s La voix humaine and Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Gluck’s Orphée, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Recently, Mr. Wedow conducted The Magic Flute with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the world premiere of Paul Richards and Wendy Steiner’s Biennale at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and Messiah for the Seattle Symphony. In 2014, he led J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on tour with Juilliard415 in Aiken, South Carolina and Spivey Hall in Morrow, Georgia, culminating in an Alice Tully Hall concert. He also conducted Don Pasquale for Arizona Opera; The Abduction from the Seraglio for Utah Opera; and Don Giovanni for Seattle Opera. Mr. Wedow has appeared regularly with Wolf Trap Opera and The Berkshire Choral Festival, most recently for the Haydn Missa in tempore belli in Salzburg. He has been a member of Juilliard’s faculty since 1994 and has led performances there of L’incoronazione di Poppea, La finta giardiniera, Ariodante, and most recently, Don Giovanni.

Stephen Wadsworth’s 2013-14 season included the final mounting of his Ring cycle for Seattle Opera, and the premiere of his translations of Beaumarchais’ plays The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. He has directed theater and opera all over the world, including, in recent seasons, Master Class on Broadway and in the West End, the Aeschylus Agamemnon at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles, and the world premiere of Amelia (for which he wrote the story) in Seattle. Mr. Wadsworth is the James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow at The Juilliard School, and director of its advanced training program for singers, the first-ever intensive acting course for singers. He is also head of dramatic studies for the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, where he has three productions in the repertoire—Rodelinda, Iphigénie en Tauride, and Boris Godunov. His translations of Marivaux and Molière earned him a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government, and he was also a 2013 Playwrights Fellow at Sundance Theatre Lab and a Harman/Eisner Artist-in-Residence at The Aspen Institute. Mr. Wadsworth wrote the opera A Quiet Place with Leonard Bernstein. 

Residency and Public Master Class with Soprano Elly Ameling

Dutch soprano Elly Ameling will be in residency at Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts and will lead a public master class on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 4-5:30 PM in Juilliard’s Paul Hall. Free tickets will be available only online beginning September 18 at events.juilliard.edu. For further information, call (212) 769-7406.

Elly Ameling is beloved and admired throughout the world for her splendid and expressive voice and her compelling artistry. Her 1995-96 farewell tour marked a milestone in a remarkable career. After her professional debut as a concert singer in Rotterdam in 1953, she performed for more than 40 years in virtually every major cultural center in the world. Her frequent appearances with the leading international orchestras (Haitink, Giulini, Britten, Ozawa, Sawallisch, among her conductors) have established her as one of the greatest singers of our age. Ms. Ameling has regularly sung at the Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Bergen, and Tanglewood festivals, to name only a few. She has sung in operas, notably Mozart operas, but art song is her specialty. In her recitals, she educated future generations of singers, the brilliant values of German Lied and French mélodie. Her dedication to a highly individualized art form has resulted in the production of countless recordings, many of which are regularly being re-issued. Elly Ameling is in great demand throughout the world for her master classes for singers and their pianists. She has been awarded four honorary degrees and has been knighted by her Majesty the Queen of The Netherlands for her services to music.

Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital Award

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 18th 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, Jennifer Zetlan, and last season, Sasha Cooke. The winners of the 2014-15 Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital Award and the date of the recital will be announced.

Tickets to the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital are $20 and will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $10 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. For further information, call (212) 769-7406.

Juilliard Songfest

Juilliard Songfest, curated by Marcus Institute Artistic Director, pianist Brian Zeger, features Juilliard singers and takes place on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. Previous Juilliard Songfest evenings have featured songs by Benjamin Britten on the occasion of the composer’s centennial, an all-Brahms program, and Hugo Wolf’s Mörike Lieder.

Tickets at $20 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $10 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.

New York Festival of Song at Juilliard

New York Festival of Song at Juilliard (NYFOS) presents “Great American Songwriting Teams” featuring Juilliard singers and Juilliard faculty member and NYFOS Artistic Director, pianist Steven Blier, on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater with music by the great songwriting teams of Ira and George Gershwin; Rodgers and Hart; Rodgers and Hammerstein; Bock and Harnick; Bolcom and Weinstein; Leiber and Stoller; Comden and Green; DeSylva, Brown, and Henderson; Lerner and Loewe; Dietz and Schwartz; and Maltby and Shire. Tickets at $20 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Juilliard Box Office. Student tickets at $10 are available only at the Juilliard Box Office. For further information, call (212) 769-7406.  

Vocal Arts Honors Recital

Juilliard’s annual Vocal Arts Honors Recital takes place on Thursday, March 26, 2015 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 available.

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 16, 2014; November 20, 2014; December 11, 2014; January 29, 2015; February 19, 2015; and April 9, 2015. Performances are FREE; 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 3, 2014 and April 8, 2015; doors open at 12:30 PM. FREE; no tickets are required.

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 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 graduates may be heard in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world; diverse alumni artists include well-known performers such as Leontyne Price, Renée Fleming, Simon Estes, Tatiana Troyanos, Shirley Verrett, and Risë Stevens. Recent alumni include Isabel Leonard, Susanna Phillips, Paul Appleby, and Sasha Cooke, among others.  

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Juilliard Opera 2014-15 Calendar of Events

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8 PM; Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8 PM;

Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2 PM

Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

 

IL TURCO IN ITALIA (THE TURK IN ITALY)

Composer: Gioachino Rossini

Librettist: Felice Romani

Director: John Giampietro

Conductor: Speranza Scappucci

Juilliard Singers

Juilliard Orchestra

 

Tickets are $30, available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Juilliard Box Office. Student tickets are $15, available only at the Juilliard Box Office.

 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 and Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8 PM; Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2 PM

Juilliard’s Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater

 

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA

Composer: Benjamin Britten

Librettist: Ronald Duncan

Director: Mary Birnbaum

Conductor: Mark Shapiro

Juilliard Singers

Juilliard Orchestra

 

Tickets are $30, available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Juilliard Box Office. Student tickets are $15, available only at the Juilliard Box Office.

 

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8 PM; Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2 PM; Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 8 PM

Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

 

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, K. 492 (THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO)

Composer: W.A. Mozart

Librettist:  Lorenzo da Ponte

Director: Stephen Wadsworth

Conductor:  Gary Thor Wedow

Juilliard Singers

Juilliard Orchestra

 

Tickets are $30, available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Juilliard Box Office. Student tickets are $15, available only at the Juilliard Box Office.

 

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 Vocal Performances 2014-15

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 4 – 5:30 PM, Juilliard’s Paul Hall

Master Class with Soprano Elly Ameling

FREE tickets will be available only online beginning September 18 at events.juilliard.edu. For further information, call (212) 769-7406.

 

Thursdays at 6 PM in Paul Hall on October 16, November 20, December 11, January 29, February 19, April 9

Juilliard Liederabend

Showcasing Juilliard singers from the Marcus Institute in performances of song literature

FREE; tickets are required.

 

December 3, 2014 and April 8, 2015

Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard’s “Wednesdays at One”

FREE, hour-long lunchtime concerts presented by Juilliard

No tickets are required.

 

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard Songfest

Curator and Pianist Brian Zeger and featuring Juilliard singers

 

Tickets at $20 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $10 are available only at the Juilliard Box Office.

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 8 PM, Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

New York Festival of Song at Juilliard

“Great American Songwriting Teams”

Juilliard and New York Festival of Song present “Great American Songwriting Teams” featuring Juilliard singers with pianist Steven Blier

 

Tickets at $20 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Juilliard Box Office. Student tickets at $10 are available at the Juilliard Box Office only.

 

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall

Vocal Arts Honors Recital

Singers to be announced

 

FREE’ tickets are required.

 

Date and time to be announced

Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital

Winners of the 2014-15 Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital Award will be announced.

 

Tickets at $20 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $10 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.

 

Venues:

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

Alice Tully Hall is located at the corner of Broadway and W. 65th Street, on the northern edge of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Box Office:

The Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard is located at 155 W. 65th Street in the lobby of The Juilliard School. Box Office hours during the school year are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406.