Baritone Tim Mix (BM ’01, Voice) will appear as Tsar Dodon in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel at the Santa Fe Opera. Opening on Saturday, July 15, at 8:30 pm, the show will have six more performances until August 18. Mix studied Russian music with Vera Danchenko Stern and was in the studio of John Shirley-Quirk.
An updated version of Scalia/Ginsburg, an opera by Professional Studies faculty member and composer Derrick Wang, will be presented at the 2017 Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Friday, August 4, at 4:00 pm, and Sunday, August 13, at 5:30 pm. The opera will feature faculty artist William Burden, a Glimmerglass artist in residence, in the role of Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia/Ginsburg is about the relationship between Supreme Court Justices Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, played by Glimmerglass Young Artist Mary Beth Nelson. A special sold out Q&A session with Justice Ginsburg follows the August 13 performance.
Scalia/Ginsburg at Glimmerglass reviews
About William Burden: “[M]y, what singing! Mr. [William] Burden has one of the most engaging lyric tenors in the business and composer [Derrick] Wang has crafted some flights of fancy above the staff that found him in excellent form. Bill is also a master of comic delivery and his patter and one-liners (Pure applesauce among them) landed every time.” —Opera Today
Elaine Lachica (BM ‘97, Voice) was a soloist for Montreal Baroque’s recording of Bach Cantatas BWV 4, 9, 106 and 181 led by Eric Milnes, released on ATMA Classique in May 2017. The program was presented at the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Germany, and at the Montreal Baroque Festival and broadcast throughout Europe via the European Broadcasting Union and in Canada on CBC Radio 2. All featured soloists are winners of the Bruce Haynes International Competition for the rhetorical singing of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Alumna Yameng Wang (MM ’08, GPD ’11, Guitar) and faculty artists David Smooke (MM ’95, Composition) and Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) have each been awarded $6,000 in Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco (BM ’75, Guitar) and Jacqueline Pollauf (BM ’06, MM ’07, Harp) were each awarded $3,000. Keesun Kwon (BM ’01, Voice) was awarded $1,000. The Maryland State Arts Council’s annual Individual Artist Award recognizes the importance of artists and their works of excellence to the cultural vibrancy of Maryland.
Mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen (MM ’09, Voice), clarinetist Gregory Oakes, percussionist Adam Groh, and composer and electronic musician Erik Spangler performed a site-specific program of contemporary classical and electronic music in the Devonian fossil gorge at Coralville Lake on Friday, June 16, 2017. The outdoor musical experience culminated with the premiere of a new piece by Spangler, Devonian Geometry, composed for the occasion and incorporating texts written by local students at Iowa Montessori School along with video projections by Jaeho Lee. More…