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Duo Recital: Eric Ferring and Alan Higgs

April 7, 2019, 7:00 pm

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Ryan Opera Center artists tenor, Eric Ferring, bass-baritone Alan Higgs, and pianist, Madeline Slettedahl are joined by Craig Terry, the Ryan Opera Center’s music director on piano for a powerful set of music.

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“L’orgia”, by Gioachino Rossini
Alan Higgs, bass-baritone; Craig Terry, piano

Poème d’un jour, by Gabriel Fauré
1. “Rencontre” 
2. “Toujours” 
3. “Adieu”
Eric Ferring, tenor; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

“Danse Macabre” and “Extase”, by Camille Saint‐Saëns
Alan Higgs, bass-baritone; Craig Terry, piano

“Enfant, si j’étais roi!” and “Oh! quand je dors”, by Franz Liszt
Eric Ferring, tenor; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

Three Songs from Old American Folk Songs by, Aaron Copland
1. The Dodger 
2. At the river 
3. I bought me a cat
Alan Higgs, bass-baritone; Craig Terry, piano

Three Songs from Till Earth Outwears by, Gerald Finzi
1. Let me enjoy the earth 
2. In years defaced 
3. Life Laughs Onward
Eric Ferring, tenor; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

“Lily’s Eyes” from The Secret Garden, by Lucy Simon
Eric Ferring, tenor; Alan Higgs, bass-baritone; Craig Terry, piano

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Duo Recital: Ann Toomey and Christopher Kenney

March 3, 2019, 7:00 pm

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Soprano, Ann Toomey and baritone, Christopher Kenney are featured in a program featuring a wide variety of composers and sounds.

Music

“Jonah and the Whale”, by Robert MacGimsey

“Liebestbotschaft” and “Ständchen” from, Schwanengesang, by Franz Schubert
Christopher Kenney, baritone; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

Three Lieder, Op. 22, by E.W. Korngold
1. “Was Due mir bist?”
2. “Mit Dur zu Schweigen”
3. “Welt ist stille eingeschlafen”
Ann Toomey, soprano; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

Five Songs of Laurence Hope, by H.T. Burleigh
1. Worth While 
2. Jungle Flower 
4. Among the Fuchsias 
5. Till I Wake
Christopher Kenney, baritone; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

“Embraceable You”, by George Gershwin

“They Say It’s Wonderful” from Annie Get Your Gun, by Irving Berlin

“Lullaby of Broadway” from 42nd Street, by Harry Warren
Ann Toomey, soprano; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

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“The Old Maid and the Thief”

February 3, 2019, 7:00 pm

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The Ryan Opera Center presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s radio opera, The Old Maid and the Thief. A one-act opera in where, the middle-aged spinster Miss Todd, who spends most of her days simply knitting and gossiping with fellow spinster Miss Pinkerton, has her world turned upside-down when a beggar knocks at her door one rainy afternoon.

Music

The Old Maid and the Thief, by Gian Carlo Menotti
Miss Todd — Lauren Decker; Bob/Narrator — Christopher Kenny; Laetitia — Ann Toomey; Miss Pinkerton — Whitney Morrison; Piano — Madeline Slettedahl; Conductor — Craig Terry

 

 

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Duo Recital: Whitney Morrison and Ricardo José Rivera

January 6, 2019, 7:00 pm

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Soprano Whitney Morrison will sing Samuel Barber’s lush and textured Knoxville: Summer of 1915  and baritone Ricardo José Rivera will perform three songs from Gustav Mahler’s  Des Knaben Wunderhorn, a collection of beautiful German folk poems. 

Music

“Joy” and “Prayer”, from Genius Child, by Ricky Ian Gordan
Whitney Morrison, soprano; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

“Prayer”, from Night Songs, by H. Leslie Adams
Whitney Morrison, soprano; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

“Chanson à Boire” from Don Quixote à Dulcinée, by Maurice Ravel
Ricardo José Rivera, baritone; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

Three Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, by Gustav Mahler
1. Scheiden und Meiden 
2. Selbstgefühl
3. Der Tamboursg’sell
Ricardo José Rivera, baritone; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, by Samuel Barber
Whitney Morrison, soprano; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

“Villancico Yaucano”, by Amaury Veray
Ricardo José Rivera, baritone; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

 

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Duo Recital: Mario Rojas and Christopher Kenny

December 2, 2018, 7:00 pm

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Tenor, Mario Rojas and baritone Christopher Kenny are showcased in this recital that reflects on the patriotism and adversity of World War I.

Music

He Is There!, by Charles Ives

Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad, by George Butterworth
1) Loveliest of Trees
2) When I Was One‐and‐Twenty
3) Look Not in My Eyes
4) Think No More, Lad
5) The Lads in Their Hundreds
6) Is My Team Ploughing
Christopher Kenney, baritone; Shannon McGinnis, piano

Ludlow and Teme, by Ivor Gurney
1) When Smoke Stood Up from Ludlow
2) Far in a Western Brookland
3) ‘Tis time, I think, by Wenlock Town
4) Ludlow Fair
5) On the Idle Hill of Summer
6) When I Was One‐and‐Twenty
7) The Lent Lily
Mario Rojas, tenor; Shannon McGinnis, piano

“Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue”, by Ray Henderson
Christopher Kenney, baritone; Shannon McGinnis, piano

“Let Me Call You Sweetheart”, by Leo Friedman
Mario Rojas, tenor; Shannon McGinnis, piano

“The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo”, by Fred Gilbert
Mario Rojas, tenor; Christopher Kenney, baritone; Shannon McGinnis, piano

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Duo Recital: Lauren Decker and David Weigel

November 4, 2018, 7:00 pm

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Music of Schubert, Mahler, and Ibert are performed by contralto Lauren Decker, bass-baritone David Weigel, and pianist Madeline Slettedahl on this Ryan Opera Center Recital.  They also perform a the duet “A Little Priest”,  Steven Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Host Colin Ure, sits down with Lauren and David to speak about what put them on their path to become a opera …

Music

Der Zwerg, by Franz Schubert
David Weigel, bass‐baritone; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

Rückert‐Lieder, by Gustav Mahler

1) Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft
2) Liebst du um Schönheit
3) Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder!
4) Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
5) Um Mitternacht
Lauren Decker, contralto; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

Chansons de Don Quichotte, by Jacques Ibert

1) Chanson du depart
2) Chanson a Dulcinée
3) Chanson du Duc
4) Chanson de la mort de Don Quichotte
David Weigel, bass‐baritone; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

“Epiphany” from Sweeney Todd, by Stephen Sondheim
David Weigel, bass‐baritone; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

“A Little Priest” from Sweeney Todd, by Stephen Sondheim
Lauren Decker, contralto; David Weigel, bass‐baritone; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

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Duo Recital: Emily Pogorelc and Eric Ferring

October 7, 2018, 7:00 pm

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First year members soprano, Emily Pogorelc and tenor Eric Ferring are featured in this recital with music by Schumann, Strauss, Ben Moore and Lee Hoiby.

Music

From Liederkreis, by Robert Schumann
1) In der Fremde

3) Waldesgespräch
5) Mondnacht
8) In der Fremde
9) Wehmut
Eric Ferring, tenor; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

From Brentano Lieder, by Richard Strauss
1) An die Nacht
2) Ich wollt ein Sträußlein binden
4) Als mir dein Lied erklang
Emily Pogorelc, soprano; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

From Dear Theo, by Ben Moore
1) The Red Vineyard
4) The Man I Have to Paint
6) Already Broken
7) Souvenir
Eric Ferring, tenor; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

“Serpent” and “Goodby, Goodby, World” from Our Town, by Lee Hoiby
Emily Pogorelc, soprano; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

“Stranger in Paradise” from Kismet, by Robert Wright and George Forrest
Emily Pogorelc, soprano; Eric Ferring, tenor; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

 

 

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Ensemble Recital (Rebroadcast)

September 2, 2018, 7:00 pm

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The entire Ryan Opera Center ensemble is featured in a program pairing beautiful contemporary opera arias with beloved classics.  From Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas” to Donizetti’s “Elixir of Love” and Ricky Ian Gordon’s “The Grapes of Wrath” to Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier” this program will showcase the talents of these young artists.

Music

Ardir! Ha forse il cielo…Ecco il magico liquore, from “The Elixir of Love” by Gaetano Donizetti
Mario Rojas, tenor; Alan Higgs, bass-baritone; Laurann Gilley, piano

Tower Scene, from “Pelléas et Mélisan” by Claude Debussy
Emmett O’Hanlon, baritone; Craig Terry, piano

Wie Du warst, from “Der Rosenkavaliler” by Richard Strauss
Lindsay Metzger, mezzo-soprano; Craig Terry, piano

¿Arcadio? ¿Rosalba?, from “Florencia en el Amazonas” by Daniel Catán
Ann Toomey, soprano; Mario Rojas, tenor;  Craig Terry, piano

O! che muso, che figura!, from “L’italiana in Algeri” by Gioachino Rossini
Lauren Decker, contralto; Patrick Guetti, bass;  Takaoki Onishi, baritone; Alan Higgs, bass-baritone; Craig
Terry, piano

The Zephyr and One Star, from “Grapes of Wrath” by Ricky Ian Gordon
Emmett O’Hanlon, baritone; Diana Newman, soprano; Craig Terry and Laurann Gilley, piano

Alfine eccoci qua…Ah! qual colpo…Zitti, zitti, from “The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini
Emmett O’Hanlon, baritone; Josh Lovell, tenor; Lindsay Metzger, mezzo-soprano; Laurann Gilley, piano

 

 

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Duo Recital: Ann Toomey and Mario Rojas (Rebroadcast)

August 5, 2018, 7:00 pm

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Soprano, Ann Toomey and tenor, Mario Rojas are the featured singers in a program featuring music from Mexico, Germany, and America. 

Music

“Hills”, by Frank La Forge
Ann Toomey, soprano; Craig Terry, piano

“Meine Libe ist grun”, by Johannes Brahms

“Botschaft”

“Ach, wende diesen Blick”

“Wie bist, du meine Konigin”
Mario Rojas, tenor; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

Three Poems of Fiona Macleod, by Charles Tomlinson Griffes

“Stornellatrice”, by Ottorino Respighi
Ann Toomey, soprano; Madeeline Slettedahl, piano

“Comprendo”, from Il Postino, by Daniel Catán
Mario Rojas, tenor; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

“Ebben? Ne andro lontana”, from La Wally, by Alfredo Catalani
Ann Toomey, soprano; Madeeline Slettedahl, piano

“Intima”, by Tata Nacho
Mario Rojas, tenor; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

“Goodbye, Goodbye World”, by Lee Hoiby
Ann Toomey, soprano; Madeeline Slettedahl, piano

“Because You’re Mine”, from Because You’re Mine, by Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn
Mario Rojas, tenor; Craig Terry, piano

 

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Duo Recital: Whitney Morrison and Takaoki Onishi (Rebroadcast)

July 1, 2018, 7:00 pm

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Soprano, Whitney Morrison and baritone, Takaoki Onishi are the featured singers in a program featuring beautiful songs from the 20th century. 

Music

Chère nuit, by Alfred Bachelet

Singing Earth, by Elinor Remick Warren
Whitney Morrison, soprano; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

“Une barque sur l’océan”, from Miroirs, by Maurice Ravel
Madeline Slettedahl, piano

Banalités, by Francis Poulenc
Takaoki Onishi, baritone; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

Skylark, by Hoagy Carmichael
Whitney Morrison, soprano; Madeline Slettedahl, piano

“The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha, by Mitch Leigh
Takaoki Onishi, baritone; Madeline Slettedahl, piano