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Vocal Arts DC
PO Box 42423
Washington DC 20015




Blythe.Mezzo Stephanie Blythe and pianist Warren Jones

Friday, September 14, 2012  at 7:30 pm
Terrace Theater

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is considered to be one of the most highly respected and critically acclaimed artists of her generation.

Ms. Blythe has sung in many of the renowned opera houses in the US and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the Opéra National de Paris. Her many roles include the title roles in Carmen, Samson et Dalila, Orfeo ed Euridice, L'Italiana in Algeri , La Grande Duchesse, Tancredi, Mignon, and Giulio Cesare; Frugola, Principessa, and Zita in Il Trittico, Fricka in both Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, Waltraute in Götterdämmerung, Azucena in Il trovatore, Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera, Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress, Jezibaba in Rusalka, Jocasta in Oedipus Rex, Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, Ino/Juno in Semele, and Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus.

Ms. Blythe has also appeared with many of the world's finest orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Minnesota Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Ensemble Orchestre de Paris, and the Concertgerbouworkest. She has also appeared at the Tanglewood, Cincinnati May, and Ravinia festivals, and at the BBC Proms. The many conductors with whom she has worked include Harry Bicket, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, James Levine, Nicola Luisotti, Sir Charles Mackerras, John Nelson, Antonio Pappano, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Robert Spano, Patrick Summers, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

A frequent recitalist, Ms. Blythe has been presented in recital in New York by Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series at Alice Tully Hall and its American Songbook Series at the Allen Room, the 92nd Street Y, Town Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has also been presented by the Cleveland Art Song Festival, the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Shriver Hall in Baltimore.

Ms. Blythe's previous appearances in Washington, D.C. have included her 2002 recital debut with Vocal Arts DC; a recital at the Supreme Court at the invitation of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; and the title role in Rossini's Tancredi with Washington Concert Opera.

A champion of American song, she recently premiered Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, by the late James Legg in Town Hall. She also premiered Vignettes: Ellis Island, a song cycle written especially for her by Alan Louis Smith which was featured in a special television program entitled Vignettes: An Evening with Stephanie Blythe and Warren Jones. Her most recent collaboration with Mr. Smith was Covered Wagon Woman, a piece commissioned for Ms. Blythe's residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and recorded with the ensemble on its own label, CMS Studio Recordings.

Ms. Blythe starred in the Metropolitan Opera's live HD broadcasts of Orfeo ed Euridice, Il Trittico, Rodelinda, and the complete Ring Cycle. Her recordings of works by Mahler, Brahms, and Wagner, and of arias by Handel and Bach, are available on the Virgin Classics label.

Last season, Ms. Blythe appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in Rodelinda, Aïda and the complete Ring Cycle, and was featured as a guest artist with both the New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra at Cal Performances. This summer, she returned to the Ravinia and Mostly Mozart Festival festivals. This season, she rejoins the Metropolitan Opera for a new production of Un ballo in maschera and revivals of the complete Ring Cycle and Il trovatore, and tours the US with two of her highly acclaimed programs: We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith and an all-American song program, culminating in a recital at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium. Next summer, she returns to the Seattle Opera as both Fricka and Waltraute in the Ring Cycle.

Ms. Blythe was named Musical America's "Vocalist of the Year" for 2009. Her other awards include the 2007 Opera News Award and the 1999 Richard Tucker Award.

Jones.Warren Jones, who was named as "Collaborative Pianist of the Year" for 2010 by the publication Musical America, performs with many of today's best-known artists, including, in addition to Stephanie Blythe, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Christine Brewer, Denyce Graves, Thomas Hampson, Anthony Dean Griffey, Bo Skovhus, Eric Owens, and Richard "Yongjae" O'Neill-and is Principal Pianist for the exciting California-based chamber music group Camerata Pacifica. In the past he has partnered such great performers as Marilyn Horne, Håkan Hagegård, Kathleen Battle, Samuel Ramey, Barbara Bonney, Carol Vaness, Judith Blegen, Salvatore Licitra, Tatiana Troyanos, James Morris, and Martti Talvela.

He is a member of the faculty of Manhattan School of Music as well as the Music Academy of the West, and received the "Achievement Award" for 2011 from the Music Teachers National Association of America, their highest honor. Three times he has been an invited guest to the White House to perform for state dinners in honor of the leaders of Canada, Russia, and Italy; and also three times he has been the invited guest of the Justices of the United States Supreme Court for musical afternoons in the East Conference Room at the Court. A graduate of New England Conservatory, he currently serves on the Board of Visitors for that institution, and has been honored with the Doctor of Music degree from San Francisco Conservatory. The New York Times has called his playing "exquisite," and the San Francisco Chronicle said simply, "He is the single finest accompanist now working."

His discography contains more than 25 recordings on every major label-and his newest musical ventures include conducting, having led sold-out critically-acclaimed performances of Mascagni's L'amico Fritz and Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia in recent summers. Mr. Jones will return to the podium for performances of Mozart's' Die Zauberflöte in 2013.

Click here for a review of a similar program by Ms. Blythe and Mr. Jones.

Click here for a review of Ms. Blythe in The New York Times.


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