The featured guest
artist Paolo Szot, conducted by Ted Sperling with the American
Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7pm at Carnegie
Voigt, one of the world’s
favorite international opera luminaries, will turn her estimable vocal talents
toward the world of musical theater to provide us with a delightful evening of
Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gershwin, Kern, Sondheim and others. Teaming up with Ted Sperling, one of Broadway’s
foremost conductors, arrangers and directors, Ms. Voigt will prove her flawless
ability to move and captivate audiences in this musical genre as well. See her
strut her Broadway stuff with The Chorale just before she begins her widely
anticipated debut in Annie Get Your Gun at Glimmerglass. Paulo Szot, critically acclaimed
baritone who starred last season in both The Nose at the Met and South
Pacific on Broadway, will join in this Special Event.
This season, Voigt made her role debut as Brünnhilde in
Robert Lepage’s new production of Wagner’s Die
Walküre at the Metropolitan Opera;
her house role debuts as Minnie in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West at the Met and Lyric Opera of Chicago; and
her Washington National Opera debut as Salome in a new production by Francesca
Zambello. In concert she performed with
the Staatskapelle Dresden at Lincoln Center, and will present Schoenberg’s Erwartung with the New York
Philharmonic. As the first artist-in-residence at upstate New York’s
Glimmerglass Festival next summer, she stars in Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun and in a one-woman
show written by Terrance McNally and directed by Francesca Zambello.
A devotee of Broadway and American song, Voigt has given acclaimed
performances of popular fare, including benefit concerts for Broadway
Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and New York Theatre Workshop.
Paulo Szot is one
of the most versatile baritones in the world, winning great acclaim both as an
opera singer and as an actor. He won
the 2008 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Emile De
Beque in the Broadway revival of South
Pacific at Lincoln Center Theatre.
He also made his highly acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in a new
production of The Nose by
Shostakovich conducted by Valery Gergiev, and his Carnegie Hall debut with the
New York Pops Orchestra in a program of Lerner and Lowe.
During the 2010/2011 season Paulo Szot made his debut at
Dallas Opera in the title role of Don
Giovanni and returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Escamillo in Carmen,
He will debut with the Paris Opera Cosi
Fan Tutte and at the Festival de Aix-en-Provence as Count Almaviva in Le nozze
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the son of Polish immigrants,
Mr. Szot made his New York Philharmonic debut in a concert conducted by Marvin
Hamlisch appearing alongside Liza Minnelli, and he debuted at the Ravinia
Festival in concert with Kelli O’Hara.
He appeared in concert in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center as
part of the American Songbook Series.
Ted Sperling won the 2005
Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Broadway credits
as music director / conductor / pianist include: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The
Full Monty, How To Succeed In Business Without
Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels
in America, My Favorite Year, Falsettos, Drood, Les Miserables, Roza and Sunday In the Park With George. Mr. Sperling was also an original cast member of the
Broadway musical Titanic. Off-Broadway credits as music director include: A Man of No Importance, Wise
Guys, A New Brain, Saturn
Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland, and Romance in Hard Times. As a stage director, his credits include: Charlotte: Life? Or Theater? and Striking 12, as well as a revival of Lady in the Dark starring
Andrea Marcovicci. Mr. Sperling conducted the musical scores for the films The Manchurian Candidate and Everything
Is Illuminated, and directed the short musical
film Love, Mom, starring Tonya Pinkins. He has conducted The Collegiate Chorale twice, in critically
acclaimed performances of Weill’s The Firebrand of Florence and Ricky
Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath.
created the title role in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
for the Royal Shakespeare Company (Olivier Award) and on Broadway (Tony Award,
Best Actor in a Play). Other Broadway credits include Indiscretions (Tony & Drama Desk nominations) and Uncle Vanya and The Rehearsal at the Roundabout. Off-Broadway: A Man of No Importance (LCT); The
End of the Day (Obie Award) and The
Uneasy Chair (Playwrights Horizons); The
Misanthrope (CSC). In London: the original productions of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing and Hapgood; Double Double; Waiting for Godot w/ Ian McKellen; and
for the RSC: title role in Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, Cymbeline, Much Ado About Nothing and The
Suicide. Film: Julie Taymor's Frida,
The Scorpion King, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Invasion, The Prestige, Next Stop Wonderland, Sudden Manhattan, Mel Brooks' Robin
Hood: Men in Tights, Bob Fosse's Star
80, If Looks Could Kill. Television: "Cheers," "The West Wing," "Boston
Common," "My So-Called Life,"
"The Ebony Tower," "The
Crossing," "Double Platinum,"
"Titanic," "Liberty!" His theatrical
directorial credits include Peter and the
Starcatcher (with Alex Timbers, NYTW); Arms
and the Man (Roundabout); Here Lies
Jenny; Love's Labour's Lost and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Old Globe).
Williamstown Theatre Festival (Artistic Director, 2005-07), as director: The Taming of the Shrew (playing
Petruchio opposite Bebe Neuwirth's Katherine), The Rivals, Anything Goes,
Late Middle Classes, Herringbone, The Film Society. He enjoys touring his one-man Shakespeare show, What You Will, throughout America and
The mission of The
Collegiate Chorale, led by Music
Director James Bagwell, is to enrich its audiences through innovative
programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music
featuring a premier choral ensemble.
Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has
established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional
choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard
operas-in-concert, as well as for commissions and premieres of new works by
today’s most exciting creative artists.
The many guest artists with whom The Chorale has performed in recent
years include: Bryn Terfel, Stephanie
Blythe, Nathan Gunn, Kelli O’Hara, Victoria Clark, Renée Fleming, Thomas
Hampson, and Deborah Voigt. Last season’s highlights included the world
premiere two-act concert version of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie
Hall. In addition to The Chorale’s
presentations, the chorus is performing in five programs during the American
Symphony Orchestra’s 2010-11 season, will return to Verbier in the summer of
2011, and will perform with the Israel Philharmonic in Salzburg and Israel in
company’s 2010/2011 Season began with Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, Op.53 and A
German Requiem at Carnegie Hall in October and continued with Knickerbocker Holiday in January at Alice Tully Hall and We Remember Them: Choral Music from the
Camps and the Ghettos in March at Central Synagogue.
For more information, visit www.collegiatechorale.org.
Here are the photos from the concert. Photos by Erin Baiano are Deborah
Voigt and Paulo Szot.
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