One of the stand-out performers from Floating Opera’s War and Peace is featured in recital with pianist Christina Giuca.
Leave it to CAIC and its access to some of the best singers in the country to introduce the radiant Joélle Harvey to Chicago audiences in a crowd-pleasing program. Her recital partner is none other than Allen Perriello, Director of the Glimmerglass Opera Young Artist Program and Head of Music at the Minnesota Opera.
Emily Pogorelc, who sang Cunégonde at Washington National Opera, and who has been heard at Opera Philadelphia, Glimmerglass Festival, and as the youngest finalist in the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup, joins three elite Chicago-based musicians for a program of French chamber music and mélodie.
Vocalists Rosalind Lee and Gretchen Adams join one of the few ensembles dedicated to new music, chamber music, and vocal works with programs that typically feature all three.
Soprano Elizabeth Schuman (of Vox3 Collective) teams up with one of Chicago's premiere collaborative pianists Matthew Gemmill in an original program that draws attention to the refugee crisis.
CAIC Festival Concert III: Nicholas Phan, Kelley O'Connor, Scott Allen Jarrett, and Spektral Quartet
The CAIC Collaborative Works Festival concludes at the gorgeous penthouse of the Logan Center for the Performing Arts in Hyde Park. Nicholas Phan and Kelley O'Connor with pianist Scott Allen Jarrett and Chicago-based Spektral Quartet will present Fauré's La bonne chanson, Debussy's Chansons de Bilitis, and Chausson's Chanson perpétuelle.
Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago scores another coup in presenting Ailyn Pérez with pianist Craig Terry in what will easily be one of the best events of this year or any year. If you have never heard her before, she has the deluxe tone quality the likes of Renata Tebaldi, the charm and wit of Victoria de los Angeles, and the ravishing physical beauty and stage presence of Anna Moffo. Her talents are a throw back to the "Golden Age" and yet she feels entirely fresh and original. An absolute must-attend performance.
CAIC's festival celebrating Paul Verlaine starts off with a free event featuring star tenor Nicholas Phan, mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor, soprano Sarah Shafer, and pianists Matthew Gemmill and Scott Allen Jarrett.
The acclaimed Liederstube expands its reach with the first salon event in Pilsen at Nitecap Coffee Bar, site of the recent Opera Ouvert production of La Bohème. Featured performers: Eugenia Cheng, piano; Amaia Gabantxo, flamenco singer; and YOU if you want to sing lieder or mélodie from the Liederstube library.
Dashon Burton is one of the most exciting singers on the concert and oratorio circuit. He is a graduate of Yale's prestigious Institute of Sacred Music which is churns out top-notch musicians (four at a time) like tenor Derek Chester and soprano Sherezade Panthaki who have also impressed Chicago audiences. Mr. Burton, a founding member of the charismatic Roomful of Teeth, and Lindsay Garritson present a program that includes Poulenc, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, and Spirituals.
CAIC Summer Lieder Lounge with pianist Mario Antonio Marra, soprano Ann Toomey, and tenor Jesse Donner -DISCOUNT FOR VAC READERS
First-year Ryan Opera Center soprano Ann Toomey and the ubiquitous, future leading-tenor Jesse Donner are joined by the ROC's Apprentice Coach Mario Antonio Marra in a program of song and lieder presented by Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago at the Pianoforte Foundation's South Loop studio.
Catch a dramatic soprano in-the-making with one of Chicago Opera Theater's Young Artist mezzo-sopranos. Their program begins with some song (Duparc and Libby Larsen) and then launches into a parade of lyric mezzo and a few "big girl" arias, rounded out by a few familiar duets. Sarah Jenks is their highly-skilled accompanist.
The editor of Vocal Arts Chicago cannot get over some of the amazing performances of Ms. McNair - from her Titiana to her Anne Trulove to her Poppea. A sentimental recommendation.
The second concert of the 2016 RSMI Program for Singers has a theme we have seen a lot this year.
Songs of Bizet, Poulenc, and Grieg with pianist Kevin Murphy
Polenzani returns to Chicago with pianist Kevin Murphy in a recital featuring Beethoven, Liszt, and Barber's Hermit Songs.
Meet this year's crop of fellows at Ravinia's prestigious Steans Music Institute Program for Singers. Alumni of this program include some of the most sought-after artists like Measha Brueggergosman, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Janai Brugger, Michael Brandenburg, Nadine Sierra, and Lawrence Zazzo.
FREE and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Company members of Third Eye Theatre Ensemble accompanied by pianist John Cockerill present arias and scenes from Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath & Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, along with spirituals by Hall Johnson and Uzee Brown, Jr., Samuel Barber's Excursions and other music that falls under the broad category of Americana.
Goerne & Schmalcz's program is the Schumann hit parade: Dichterliebe, the Eichendorff Liederkreis, AND Frauenliebe und -leben.
For those of you who have never heard this great artist in concert, the editor HIGHLY RECOMMENDS this performance in non-esoteric, overly intellectual repertoire which is often on the program when it concerns Goerne.