Composer Jake Heggie completes a weeklong Peabody Chamber Opera residency with four performances of a new version of his Out of Darkness: Two Remain, February 8–11 at Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore. The Wall Street Journal calls Heggie “arguably the world’s most popular 21st century opera and art song composer.” His opera, with a libretto by Gene Scheer based in part on the true stories of two Holocaust survivors, was commissioned by Music of Remembrance and received its world premiere in May 2016. Peabody’s production will be stage directed by Garnett Bruce with Eileen Cornett as music director and conductor. More…
Faculty artist Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) had the Chicago premiere of his opera, On the Threshold of Winter, on January 18 and 20. Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente hosted guest soprano, Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice), who originated the leading role. The performance was reviewed in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Classical Review.
Preparatory voice student Laura Stanell was the voice finalist representative from the Pennsylvania Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) voice competition for the senior division grade 9-12 and participated this past weekend at West Virginia University in the MTNA East Coast Eastern Division competition for voice, in the senior division. She sang a four-piece program by Handel, Mozart, Brahms, and Barber. She was named Alternate for the MTNA National competition. Stanell studies with Carol Cavey-Miles.
Georgine Resick (AD ’75, Voice) recently published book French Vocal Literature: Repertoire in Context, treats a wide range of French song literature in historical/social/artistic context. Resick says she “carried a torch for French song literature” since studying with Flore Wend at Peabody. The book is dedicated to Wend.
Peabody alumni Ben Shaver (BM ’12 Voice), Claire Galloway Weber (MM ‘15 Voice), Peter Tomaszewski (MM ’10 Voice, GPD ’12 Opera), Michael Dodge (MM ’16 Voice), Kerry Holahan (MM ’14 Early Music Voice), Justin Nurin (GPD ’10 Trumpet), Cody Raum (BM ’13 Double Bass, MM ’14 Music Theory), Stephanie Ray (MM ’12 Flute) and Aaron Thacker (MM ’16 Piano) will be featured in Stillpointe Theatre’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. The production, which opened on January 12, will run until January 27. It was reviewed on “Midday with Tom Hall” on WYPR. The show is taking place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Md., and has two shows left, both beginning at 8:00 pm.