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Date: April 1, 2019
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Organization: Festival Opera
Walnut Creek, CA — The next installment of Festival Opera’s Artist Recital Series will feature baritone Zachary Gordin and pianist Bryan Nies on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:30 PM in a program of songs by Robert Schumann, Reynaldo Hahn, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Jake Heggie.
This recital introduces Gordin, in his first season as artistic director of Festival Opera, in collaboration with the company’s principal conductor Bryan Nies. Their joint appearance gives the public an opportunity to meet two key players under whose artistic leadership Carlisle Floyd’s opera Susannah will be staged at the Lesher Center for the Arts in July.
In describing the recital program, Gordin states:
With Schumann’s Dichterliebe , we’ll explore Heine’s commentary on a poet’s love paired with Schumann’s impeccably crafted music. In the Hahn set, we’ll present some relatively unknown treasures, along with a few of his most popular songs. The specific lens through which he saw the world is so apparent in his choice of themes, which revolves mostly around unrequited love. The honesty and humanity in his writing for the voice are deeply moving. The Vaughan Williams set begins with Four Poems by Fredegond Shove . This seldom-performed cycle is a compact and varied selection of Vaughan Williams at his finest. We’ll end the program with the songs of Jake Heggie, whose operatic works have been integral to my own career. Bryan Nies and I chose songs by Heggie that are both sublime and humorous, rounding out the program in on a lighthearted note.
Zachary Gordin and Bryan Nies are long-time collaborators. A notable joint project of the duo was their 2017 album Amour sans ailes – Songs of Reynaldo Hahn, which was released on the MSR Classics label and was soon named “Best Lieder Recording of 2017” by Voix des Arts.
Tickets and information are available online at www.festivalopera.com or by calling the Lesher Center Box Office at 925-943-7469.
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Pianist and conductor Bryan Nies (courtesy of Oakland Symphony):