First year Ryan Opera Center ensemble tenor Eric Ferring was hailed “an emerging tenor of considerable promise” by the Chicago Tribune following his performance in last weekend’s Ariodante prima. Chicago Classical Review said Ferring “[possesses] a vibrant tenor with juice and throwing off his showpiece aria, “Il tuo sangue” with impressive fire and agility.” Having been at the prima on Saturday, I will add that the audience collectively recognized that Eric had a breakout moment. To hear the swell of applause during his bow was heartening.
Madeline Slettedahl is the winner of the 2016 Marilyn Horne Song Competition and has been slaying as the Ryan Opera Center’s ensemble pianist ever since. The intellectualism of Schumann, the flamboyance of Liszt, and the prestidigitation of Fauré’s Toujours will make for a fine showcase of her formidable skills.
Selections from Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op. 39
I. In der Fremde
VIII. In der Fremde
Two songs by Franz Liszt
Enfant, si j’étais roi, S. 283
Oh! quand je dors, S. 282
Gabriel Fauré’s Poème d’un jour, Op. 21
Ben Moore (b. 1960), selections from Dear Theo
I. The Red Vineyard
IV. The Man I Have to Paint
VI. Already Broken
Eric Ferring, tenor
Madeline Slettedahl, piano