Join us for UrbanArias’ debut performance!
Lucy by Tom Cipullo
Featuring Emily Albrink and Michael Anthony McGee
A 10-minute mini-opera!
We said we produce short opera – we meant it. In Tom Cipullo’s Lucy, an elderly woman is visited by a strange apparition. Touching, lyrical and transcendent, Lucy is “…an ideal example of short-form opera…” The Big City
Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, from 2-5 p.m
(UrbanArias is one of several performing groups, and will take the stage around 3:30).
This performance is part of “America Sings in the Nation’s Capital”, sponsored by the Vocal Arts Society. UrbanArias will be featured along with soprano Paticia Racette, the National Master Chorale, and several other wonderful performing groups. To obtain your FREE ticket, simply visit the table outside the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center.
For directions to the Kennedy Center and parking information, click here.
TOM CIPULLO, composer and librettist
Composer Tom Cipullo’s works are heard with increasing frequency around the world. The New York Times has called his music “intriguing and unconventional,” and The Boston Globe remarked that his work “literally sparkled with wit.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has called him “an expert in writing for the voice.” Recent awards include the Minneapolis Pops New Orchestral Repertoire Award (2009), the National Association of Teachers of Singing Art Song Award (2008), the Aaron Copland Award from Copland House (2007), and the Phyllis Wattis Prize for song composition from the San Francisco Song Festival (2006). Tom Cipullo’s music has been recorded on the Albany, CRI, PGM, and Capstone labels. His music is published by Oxford University Press and by Classical Vocal Reprints.
EMILY ALBRINK, soprano
Hailed by the New York Times as “delightful and vocally strong and versatile”, Emily Albrink is in her second year at the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera where she has been seen as Frasquita in Carmen, Second Niece in Peter Grimes, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, and will appear as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. Past seasons include her Carnegie Hall debut singing Nuria in Ainadamar with Dawn Upshaw and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Robert Spano, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, conducted by James Levine at the Tanglewood Music Center, and the world premiere of Women(symbol) Confessions by Clarice Assad at Carnegie Hall.
MICHAEL ANTHONY McGEE, baritone
A native of Dallas, Texas, Michael Anthony McGee has trained at some of the most prestigious young artist programs in the nation. He spent the summer of 2006 at the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program (Alphonse, Donizetti’s La Favorite & title role in Borodin’s Prince Igor) and 2007 at Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singer Program (American premiere, Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul & Orest, Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride). From 2006-2008, Mr. McGee was in residence at the Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program (title roles, Verdi’s Falstaff and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi) and he spent the summer of 2009 as a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival where he sang the role of “Hermann Ortel” in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by Maestro James Levine. In 2008 he was the first American to ever win First Place at the Maria Kraja International Competition for Operatic Singers held in Tiranna, Albania. Additional awards include 1st place 2009 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, 2nd Place 2008 Opera Index Competition, Winner 2009 Sullivan Foundation Award, & 2nd place 2009 Liederkranz Foundation Competition. Mr. McGee was recently selected to compete in Placido Domingo’s Operalia. This summer, Mr. McGee will be featured in the role of “Don Geronio” in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia with the Wolf Trap Opera Company.
PAT DIAMOND, director
Pat Diamond has directed numerous operas and plays, including Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Puccini’s Turandot, La bohème, Janácek’s Diary of One Who Vanished, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Verdi’s Il trovatore, Susa’s Transformations, and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor regionally in the US and in France. Companies include The Aspen Music Festival, The Sarasota Opera, Kentucky Opera, and the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. He directed the critically acclaimed The Dido Project (a site specific Dido and Aeneas) in New York at the Samsung Experience. Pat has participated in over twenty American and World premieres of new works, currently developing Paul’s Case by Gregory Spears with American Opera Projects, and Drömseminarium/ Dreamseminar co-created with Ellen Lindquist and poet Tomas Tranströmer in Västerås, Sweden. Upcoming: Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Wolf Trap (Summer 2010).