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2016-17 Season

BeczalaMay 3, 2017
Piotr Beczała
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BlissNovember 15, 2016
Ben Bliss
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GerhaherDecember 6, 2016
Christian Gerhaher
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NYFOSJanuary 22, 2017
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PiauFebruary 21, 2017
Sandrine Piau
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Oropesa March 11, 2017
Lisette Oropesa
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SchwanewilmsApril 20, 2017
Anne Schwanewilms
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Guest contributors select one song that has a special, personal meaning for them, sharing specific reasons about why they find the music and lyrics irresistible, and choosing a performance that they feel ideally captures the spirit of that song.

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Announcing Vocal Arts DC's 2016-2017 Season at Theatre of the Arts at the University of DC!

BlissNovember 15, 2016, 7:30 pm - Theatre of the Arts at the University of DC
Ben Bliss, tenor
A 2015 alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and a 2014 Filene Young Artist with Wolf Trap Opera Company, Ben Bliss has also been the recent winner of many prestigious competitions, including Plácido Domingo's Operalia, Barcelona's Francisco Viñas International Competition, and the Gerda Lissner and Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competitions. "The top prize was justly awarded to tenor Ben Bliss, twenty-eight, who sang 'Una furtive lagrima' in a lovely, caressing tone. It was a magical performance that was absorbing without ever becoming lachrymose." - Brian Kellow, Opera News  More >

GerhaherDecember 6, 2016, 7:30 pm - Theatre of the Arts at the University of DC
Christian Gerhaher, baritone
Mr. Gerhaher's operatic appearances have taken him to the Bavarian State Opera, Salzburg Festival, and Covent Garden, where his Wolfram in Wagner's Tannhäuser won the 2010 Laurence Oliver Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. "The Park Avenue Armory recital by Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber on November 15 [2015] proved a wonderful event. [Gerhaher] never took breath support off, even in high pianissimo or tender passages...his low notes emerged impressively rounded, like fine marbles. The partnership with Huber is seamless; the pianist balances sensibility, technique, and a winning elasticity of tone." - David Shengold, Opera News  More >

NYFOSJanuary 22, 2017, 3:00 pm - Theatre of the Arts at the University of DC

Duo pianists Steven Blier and Michael Barrett are joined by two outstanding emerging artists: Ukrainian soprano Antonina Chehovska, Grand Winner of the 2016 George London Foundation Competition, and Russian baritone Alexey Lavrov. "Everything that a song recital can achieve, in terms of musical revelation, vocal excellence and audience engagement." - Tim Page, The Washington Post   More >

PiauFebruary 21, 2017, 7:30 pm - Theatre of the Arts at the University of DC
Sandrine Piau, soprano
In addition to widely praised recordings of German Lieder and French songs for the Naïve label, French soprano Sandrine Piau and pianist Susan Manoff have collaborated together in recitals at Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, Vienna's Musikverein, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Salzburg Festival, and the Salle Pleyel in Paris, among many others. "The qualities that set Piau's voice apart on disc were, if anything, more pronounced live: clarity of intonation rather than idiosyncratic color, lightness at the top more than force, unmannered elegance of diction more than fussy precision. Her rhythmic freedom, always shadowed adroitly by Manoff, helped her create the sense of poetry being recited in music." - Charles Downey, The Washington Post  More  >

OropesaMarch 11, 2017, 7:30 pm - Theatre of the Arts at the University of DC
Lisette Oropesa, soprano
A Louisiana native of Cuban descent, lyric coloratura soprano Lisette Oropesa has already won a loyal following of admirers in New York through Met appearances in Rigoletto, Le nozze di Figaro, and Falstaff. "Oropesa manifested secure technical chops-trills, staccati, pinpoint dynamics and-most impressively, a long, sustained line that allowed her to hold the audience breathless...Her quicksilver tone aptly combined appealing girlish purity with lightly charged sensuality." - David Shengold , Opera News  More >

SchwanewilmsApril 20, 2017, 7:30 pm - Theatre of the Arts at the University of DC
Anne Schwanewilms, soprano
Blessed with a voice of ethereal beauty and a gift for nobility of expression, German soprano Anne Schwanewilms is revered as one of the world's finest interpreters of the music of Richard Strauss. "The voice of Schwanewilms soars, in silken, arching lines, wide reaching-vertically in great melodic intervals-horizontally in outstretched phrases, the Strauss lyricism that captivates." - Robert Commanday, San Francisco Classical Voice   More >

AriodanteMay 2, 2017, 8:00 pm - Kennedy Center Concert Hall
DiDonato is joined by the acclaimed period instrument ensemble the English Concert for a concert performance of Handel's tale of obsession and betrayal, Ariodante. "Perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation." - Alex Ross, The New Yorker   More >

BeczalaMay 3, 2017, 7:30 pm - Theatre of the Arts at the University of DC
Piotr Beczala, tenor
Beloved for his clarion voice and sunny personality, no artist is in greater demand than Polish tenor Piotr Beczala at the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, or Paris Opera to perform leading roles in operas by Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, and other composers. "Piotr Beczala is arguably the hottest tenor on the international circuit today." - Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times (London)   More >

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