Vocal Performance Series

Hill Auditorium : Sun 12/16/18 4:00PM - Fri 4/12/19 7:30PM

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Vocal Performance Series

Three performances in Hill Auditorium

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Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, piano Sunday, December 16, 2018 4:00PM   ·   More Info »
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano<br>
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, piano

Contemporary opera composer Jake Heggie enthused in Gramophone magazine, “The staggering, joyful artistry of Joyce DiDonato reminds us that in any generation there are a few giants…Those who know her repertoire are in awe of her gifts, and those who know nothing of it are instantly engaged…Joyce sings, and the world is suddenly brighter.” DiDonato brought the house down with her luminous, 24-carat voice in her UMS debut at the end of the 2016-17 UMS season in Handel’s Ariodante. She is joined for this very special duo recital by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera, who trades in his baton for a piano.

Duo Recital
Eric Owens, bass-baritone
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Duo Recital<br>
Eric Owens, bass-baritone<br>
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor

Powerhouse bass-baritone Eric Owens was recently named Musical America’s 2017 Vocalist of the Year and called an “American marvel” who “speaks to you even in his silences…and shakes you when he sings” by the Chicago Sun-Times. Alex Ross, in the New Yorker, noted, “With his sweet tone, fastidious pitch, and poetic phrasing, [Lawrence] Brownlee made familiar fare sound intriguingly fresh, banishing, for a moment, the ghosts of Caruso and Pavarotti.” Together, these two artists, friends for over two decades, share an ease and rapport that is evident through every piece on their program. Program will include opera arias and duets, as well as traditional spirituals, American popular song, and Gospel favorites.

Opera in Concert
Handel’s Semele Friday, April 12, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Opera in Concert<br>
Handel’s <em>Semele</em>

Handel never wrote anything more sensuous than Semele, and he tells the story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses about the ill-fated love between Semele and Jupiter in brilliant arias of irresistible theatricality and dazzling coloratura. Harry Bicket and The English Concert are lauded for their Handel presentations, including two previous UMS performances (Radamisto in 2013 and Ariodante in 2017). The New York Classical Review called The English Concert’s Ariodante “a performance so stunning it was liable to make even the most jaded of early-music skeptics take note.”