Following her solo performance in the Jacobs School’s production of Verdi’s Requiem (April 17 & 19), Erica Schoelkopf will join the Glimmerglass Opera Summer program, appearing in Verdi’s Un Giorno Di Regno for the 2013 Season. She is pursuing an MM degree and is a student of Scharmal Schrock.
Michael Porter is appearing in Ft.Worth Opera’s 2013 Festival productions of Ariadne auf Naxos by R. Strauss in the role of Brighella in April. He will also cover the role Hortensius in La fille du régiment for the 2013 Festival. He is a graduate student (MM) of Scharmal Schrock and also completed his BM degree at the Jacobs School of Music.
Porter has been chosen to be part of the studio company for the Glimmerglass Opera Summer 2013 Festival. He will appear in David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion as the Tenor Soloist and will also cover Count Ivrea in Verdi’a Un Giorno di Regno.
After his summer at Glimmerglass Opera he will join the Frankfurt (Germany) Opera Studio as at studio artist for the 2013-14 season. He is a student of Scharmal Schrock.
A positive review from Peter Jacobi at the Herald Times of the recent entirely student-produced opera “Intoxication”, composed by Jacobs School of Music student Chappell Kingsland and performed entirely by JSoM students.
“… what full houses of viewers saw and heard was really quite special. Who
knows whether a new American opera, one with so strange a title and an
unusual topic, will gain legs that carry it to further performances?
Many new operas never make it beyond the premiere. But “Intoxication”
deserves further attention. In fact, both the opera and its New Voices
production deserve further attention. Most everything about this project
merits praise and opportunity.
Two JSoM students Jacob Williams and John Orduña were featured as principal soloists in a performance of Britten’s “War Requiem” by the Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra (EMCO) in Monterey, Ca.
“Tenor Jake Williams and baritone John Orduña were excellent – ideally suited for the many challenges posed by such a complex score and demanding vocal part. Orduña’s voice was rich and powerful from top to bottom, and Williams’ “Move him into the sun” was poignant and tragic.”
Mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča makes her New York recital debut in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with pianist and Jacobs School of Music faculty member Kevin Murphy on Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m.
The program features lieder by Robert Schumann, Alban Berg, and Richard Strauss, including Schumann’s Frauenliebe und –leben and Berg’s “Sieben frühe Lieder.”
For information about the concert, visit the Carnegie Hall website >
Alumnus tenor Lawrence Brownlee, a student of Chancellor’s Professor of Music Costanza Cuccaro, received a glowing review in the New York Times, April 1, for his recent performance with pianist Martin Katz in Zankel Hall.
“Mr. Brownlee, who has earned a strong reputation in thebel canto repertory, with his agile voice and lustrous top notes, sang potently in the selections, which he hasrecorded for release later this year.”
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Alumna Kiri Deonarine, a student of Professor Carol Vaness, found herself in an extraordinary situation on March 20.
With just four hours notice, the soprano was invited to sing the role of Gilda in the Chicago Lyric Opera’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, replacing Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova, who was unable to sing.
Deonarine performed her debut of a major role at the Lyric without the luxury of rehearsing with any of the cast members — and was met with a standing ovation. Her performance followed a recent European audition tour that included stops in Paris, London, and Vienna.
About Kiri Deonarine
Jacobs School of Music alumna Kiri Deonarine is a second-year Ryan Opera Center member at the Chicago Lyric Opera, and previously spent two seasons as a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. While at HGO she appeared in The Elixir of Love (Adina), Peter Grimes, Dead Man Walking, Così fan tutte (Despina), The Marriage of Figaro, and Ariadne auf Naxos (Najade). She also participated in the Apprentice Singer Program at The Santa Fe Opera in 2009 and 2010. Originally from Fair Lawn, New Jersey, the soprano earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Baylor University and studied at the Technische Universität Dresden Institute of Advanced Studies before pursuing a master’s degree in vocal performance at Indiana University. Honors include selection as a Grand Finalist in the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2010 George London Vocal Competition Award, and, in 2012, awards from the American Opera Society and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. She recently sang the Fauré Requiem with the Milwaukee Symphony under the baton of Edo de Waart and Teutile/Vivaldi’s Motezuma with Mercury Baroque (Houston), and was featured in concerts with the Grant Park Music Festival and as part of the live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion at the Ravinia Festival. In the 2011-12 season, Deonarine made her Lyric Opera debut as Echo/Ariadne auf Naxos, later performing Pamina/The Magic Flute student matinees and A Siren/Rinaldo. This season at Lyric she will appear in Elektra, Werther (as Sophie), and Hansel and Gretel.
Congratulations to sopranos Abigail Mitchell, BM’ 07, and Paloma Friedhoff Bello, MM’ 12, for their recent performances at the 60th annual Washington International Competition for Singers. Abigail Mitchell, a former student of Patricia Wise and Carol Vaness, took 2nd place honors. Paloma Friedhoff Bello, a former student of Sylvia McNair, took 3rd place.
Mitchell completed her Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where she was the first recipient of the Georgina Joshi International Fellowship. Professional highlights include Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte at Tacoma Opera and Marzelline in Fidelio with the Oxford Philomusica in the UK. This summer she joins the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist Program, where she will cover Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro.
Friedhoff Bello was recently the First Prize Winner at the 8th International Singing Competition “Villa de Colmenar Viejo” in Madrid, Spain. In 2012 she made her debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid performing Shostakovich’s Seven Songs for soprano and piano trio, and Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.
Congratulations to baritone Nathaniel Olson, a masters student of Distinguished Professor Timothy Noble, who won first place in Southern Illinois Young Artist Competition for Voice in Edwardsville, Illinois.
Olson is a native of Vernon Hills, IL and alumnus of Wheaton College. Currently at IU, he is singing the role of Ford in the upcoming production of Verdi’s Falstaff. Apart from the stage, Olson is a German lieder enthusiast, hiker, trumpeter, and letter writer.
Timothy Noble student Caitleen Kahn recently received an encouragement award at the Orpheus Vocal Competition in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Click here for more information on the competition >