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Janáček's Zápisník zmizelého translated by Bernard Keeffe.

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Interview with Toby Spence. [PDF]



Vocal Arts DC
PO Box 42423
Washington DC 20015




Toby Spence

Wednesday, January 16, 2013  at 7:30 pm
Terrace Theater

Praised for the ardor, confidence, and charm of his singing, tenor Toby Spence has established an international career in recital and stage performances, winning audiences over in repertory ranging from Wagner to Thomas Adés.

An honors graduate and choral scholar from New College, Oxford, Mr. Spence studied opera at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In the concert hall, Mr. Spence has sung with many leading orchestras and conductors including the Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnìnyi, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano, the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev, the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, and at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals under Sir Roger Norrington and the late Sir Charles Mackerras.

His acclaimed performance as the Madwoman in Benjamin Britten's Curlew River was given at the Edinburgh Festival, where he has also appeared in recital. Other appearances include with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and Opéra de Lille, and at Wigmore Hall. He has made numerous recordings of opera and oratorio repertory for such leading labels as Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, BMG, Philips, Collins, Linn Records, Hyperion, and EMI.

For London's Royal Opera House, Mr. Spence has sung Ferdinand in Thomas Adés The Tempest, David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, ("Toby Spence more or less took over the show as David, but his portrayal is so acute, and so well sung, that it was hard to mind."-Michael Tanner, The Spectator), Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress, and Ramiro in La Cenerentola. For the English National Opera, he has sung Tamino in The Magic Flute, the title role in Leonard Bernstein's Candide, Paris in Offenbach's La Belle Hélène. His performances as Lensky in Eugene Onegin drew widespread praise: "Brilliantly played," wrote Richard Fairman of the Financial Times; "impetuous and heart-wrenching," Opera (UK).

He has also performed with the Paris Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Bavarian and Hamburg State Operas, and La Monnaie in Brussels. In the United States, he has appeared with the San Francisco Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera, where he recently completed a successful run in the New York stage premiere of The Tempest, singing Antonio. During the 2012-2013 season, Mr. Spence will perform Don Ottavio at the Vienna State Opera and Essex from Britten's Gloriana in London. He will be heard with the London Symphony Orchestra under Gergiev, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Robin Ticciati, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with Edward Gardner, the Hamburg Philharmonic with Jeffrey Tate, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Adés, and at the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich with Charles Dutoit.

Mr. Spence was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society 2011 Singer of the Year award.

(Photo credit: Mitch Jenkins)

Matheson. Canadian pianist Carrie-Ann Matheson is an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and is a member of the Met's select full-time regular music staff, where she works as pianist, prompter and vocal coach. She has assisted such renowned conductors as James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Barenboim, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gianandrea Noseda, James Conlon, Marco Armiliato, and Louis Langrée, among many others. Particularly interested in the development of emerging artists, she was Staff Coach of the Metropolitan Opera's prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, a position that was created for her upon the completion of two years as apprentice coach/pianist.

An active performer, Ms. Matheson has collaborated in recital with some of the world's most prominent artists, including Marilyn Horne, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Luca Pisaroni, Eric Owens, Barbara Bonney, and Ruth Ann Swenson. A long-standing Marilyn Horne Foundation artist, she has appeared numerous times at Carnegie Hall under their auspices. Her chamber music credits include performances with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to her work at the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Matheson is a faculty member at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA. She has served on the coaching staff of the Los Angeles Opera, the Cincinnati May Festival and on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival. Through her association with the International Vocal Arts Institute, she coached and performed in programs held in Israel, Italy, France, Japan, Canada and Puerto Rico. She is a sought after clinician, giving master classes at universities and colleges across Canada and the United States.

Ms. Matheson is a featured pianist and vocal coach in the Metropolitan Opera's film The Audition, which documents the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and makes a cameo appearance, as herself, in the Met's HD release of Bellini's La Sonnambula. In 2011, she was the inaugural recipient of the "Inspiring Young Alumna" award from the University of Prince Edward Island, and received the 2012 Alumni Achievement Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

The 2012-2013 season finds Ms. Matheson involved in Metropolitan Opera productions of Turandot, Les Troyens, Parsifal and Der Ring des Nibelungen. Recital appearances this season include concerts with Jonas Kaufmann and Piotr Beczala.

(Photo credit: Lisa Kohler)

Mesko. Praised by The Washington Post for her "consistently beautiful sound," American mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko made a striking role debut as Dorabella with Washington National Opera in their 2012 Emerging Artist performances of Così fan tutte. This season she returned to Washington National Opera for another significant role debut as Hansel. Ms. Mesko also makes recital appearances with the Dolce Suono Ensemble, performing "La flûte enchantée" from Ravel's Shéhérazade; and with San Francisco Opera Center's Schwabacher Debut Recital Series, presenting a joint recital with tenor Theo Lebow and pianist Robert Mollicone. A winner in 2011 of Vocal Arts DC's "Discovery Series" Competition, Ms. Mesko also performed a series of free community recitals last spring under the company's auspices. In May, Ms. Mesko returns to D.C. for her company debut with Opera Lafayette as Junon and Hyale in Charpentier's Actéon, and she concludes the 2012-2013 season with the Santa Fe Opera, making her company debut as Amélie in La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein and covering Malcom in La donna del lago. Washington Bach Consort, Washington Master Chorale, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Oregon Bach Festival, Tucson Chamber Artists, Festival Chorus of Madison, Potomac River Chorale, and Washington Revels. In addition, she is the Founder of the Six Degree Singers, a community choir in Silver Spring, MD. Ms. Carlson holds Bachelor's degrees in both vocal performance and music education from the University of Maryland, as well as a Master's degree in choral conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Ms. Mesko holds a master of music degree in vocal performance from Rice University and a bachelor of music degree in vocal and flute performance from the University of Arkansas. At Rice University she appeared as the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos and as Charlotte in A Little Night Music.

Stacey Mastrian, soprano, has been praised by The New York Times for "intensity, focus, and a warm, passionate sound" and hailed by the Berliner Zeitung as "very impressive...tremendous ease and beauty." 2011 marked Ms. Mastrian's debut at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, singing the Soprano Solo and covering the role of La Compagna in Luigi Nono's opera Intolleranza 1960, for the 50th anniversary of the work's premiere. She has sung with the Konzerthaus Orchestra (Berlin), Nova Amadeus Orchestra (Rome), and at such venues as the Fondazione Cini (Venice) with the Experimentalstudio Freiburg, Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur (Montréal), St. Peter's (Vatican City), and in collaboration with Nuria Schoenberg Nono, at the Conservatorio di Musica Respighi (Latina). She has sung throughout the U.S., including appearances in D.C. as Gilda in Rigoletto and Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica with the Summer Opera Theatre Company, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with the Washington Savoyards, and numerous recitals under the auspices of the Vocal Arts DC free "Discovery Series." Ms. Mastrian has also been a Young Artist with Opera Lafayette, performing La Poésie in Charpentier's Les arts florissants and Coryphée plus the Sidonie, Bergère and Lucinde covers in Gluck's Armide at the Kennedy Center and Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center. She has been a Fulbright Grantee and Beebe Fellow and has been awarded prizes from The American Bach Society, International Joseph Traxel Society, Maryland Opera Society, Mu Phi Epsilon, National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Italian American Foundation, Rosa Ponselle Foundation, Shoshana Foundation (Richard F. Gold Career Grant) and Vocal Arts DC ("Discovery Series" Competition Winner).

Rachel Carlson soprano, enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, chamber ensemble singer, conductor, and voice teacher residing in the Washington, DC area. Ms. Carlson has appeared as a soloist with the Washington Bach Consort, Washington Master Chorale, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Oregon Bach Festival, Tucson Chamber Artists, Festival Chorus of Madison, Potomac River Chorale, and Washington Revels. In addition, she is the Founder of the Six Degree Singers, a community choir in Silver Spring, MD. Ms. Carlson holds Bachelor's degrees in both vocal performance and music education from the University of Maryland, as well as a Master's degree in choral conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mezzo-Soprano Lindsey Paradise has performed as a soloist with numerous choral and opera companies, including Knoxville Opera, the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre, Bel Cantanti, the New England Conservatory Light Opera Company, and the Washington Master Chorale. Her roles have included Miles in The Turn of the Screw, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Olga Olsen in Street Scene, Annina in La traviata and Olga in Eugene Onegin. Ms. Paradise was the winner of the Mabry Music Award in voice and was a semi-finalist in both the National Orpheus vocal competition and the Long Leaf Opera vocal competition. She is also interested in concert performance, and sang as a soloist in the World Premiere of Joseph Santo's Visperas de la Santa Cruz in Washington, D.C. Earler this year, Ms. Paradise performed Vivaldi's Gloria as a soloist with the Washington Women's Chorus, and she recently sang Handel's Messiah under J. Reilly Lewis.


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