Cream of the Crop!
Monday, March 30, 2015, 7pm
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
with dinner and additional performances to follow at '21' Club
A resounding 'thank you' to all those who were able to join us for this memorable evening as well as those who simply contributed to NYFOS's 2015 Spring Gala!
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Hear the stars of tomorrow today in a spectacular gala evening celebrating New York Festival of Song's Emerging Artists programs! Over the past decade, NYFOS has taken a growing interest in mentoring, coaching, and nurturing some of the most promising young vocalists of our era. Many opera programs exist for young artists but there are very few that focus only on the art of song. It is the most exposed and direct kind of performing—no costumes of make-up to mask one's vulnerability—just the musicianship, intelligence, and honesty of the singer. Over 100 young talents have participated in NYFOS residencies and some of our most distinguished alumni will appear in the gala, including Paul Appleby, John Brancy, Julia Bullock, Theo Lebow and Annie Rosen.
Join gala chairs Lucy and William Friedman, Elizabeth and Dean Kehler, Jon Rupp and Bill Hoover, and Pat Wheeler, along with these beautiful singers, in supporting NYFOS's 2014-15 season and the next generation of great interpreters of song.
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The Cast on their NYFOS Emerging Artists experiences
What underlies all NYFOS endeavors is the passion for words and music. In my work in the NYFOS@Juilliard and NYFOS@Caramoor residencies, Steven and Michael taught me how best to serve this passion not only as a performer, but also as a leader in my musical community. I caught the bug of curiosity about songs of all styles and learned how to think imaginatively and practically about the art of programming. Most importantly, through the example of NYFOS I learned how to apply my talents as a performer and my love for words and music to a commitment to my audience that builds a community bound by the irreplaceable magic of song.—Paul Appleby
Tenor Paul Appleby opened the 2014-15 season with the Milwaukee Symphony in the role of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni under Edo de Waart. He then appeared in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Metropolitan Opera, and will return in May to sing Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress for the first time at the Met, conducted by James Levine.
My experience during the NYFOS@Caramoor residency was one of the most inspiring and influential weeks of my artistic life. Steve and Michael gave us the chance to live in the music day to day rather than just one hour at a time and encouraged us to go as deep as we could with our songs. This kind of opportunity is rare at any stage of the career let alone during the earliest parts. The residency will always live with me and continue to inform my artistic future.—John Brancy
Baritone John Brancy made a triumphant recital debut at the Kennedy Center last December under the auspices of Vocal Arts DC. The same month he made his debut with Musica Sacra in Messiah at Carnegie Hall, and returned in January to make his recital debut in Weill Recital Hall as part of Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues.
The NYFOS@Caramoor residency functions as a retreat. You are secluded and surrounded by an environment that is designed to help you focus. In my experience, everyone deeply committed their energies to this one project, and it resulted in an intense musical experience that was satisfying and fulfilling.—Julia Bullock
Winner of the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition, soprano Julia Bullock began the 2014-15 season with a performance of Delage’s Quatre poèmes hindous with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, and a recital at Napa’s Festival del Sole. Besides multiple appearances in recital around the country, she is reprising the title role in Henry Purcell’s The Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellars, at the Perm Opera House and the Diaghilev Festival, and at English National Opera.
Working with NYFOS has been one of the most enjoyable creative experiences I have ever participated in. My first experience with NYFOS was back in March 2013 in the NYFOS@Caramoor residency program “Songs of the Midnight Sun,” and I have never worked with a better pair of musically sensitive artists. Both Steven and Michael encouraged me to think outside of the box and were always supportive. The guest coaches we worked with–John Lidal and Karen Holvik–were likewise wonderful to us all. And most importantly, it was fun–one of the musical highlights of my life.
Tenor Theo Lebow will join us fresh from his appearance with Seattle Opera in Semele. His other work this season included the roles of Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera “27” with Opera Theater of St. Louis. This April, he returns for a NYFOS Mainstage program with concerts at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center.
Life as a young freelance singer, while exciting, isn't always easy. My residency with NYFOS at Caramoor was an oasis in the midst of the year: what a luxury to devote a whole week to such wonderful repertoire, guided by some of the best people out there. Steve and Michael create an atmosphere that's uniquely supportive for developing artists. They helped push me just out of my comfort zone, into that slightly-scary place where the most growth happens. The freedom I discovered at Caramoor contributed directly to a great summer and some life-changing auditions, but more importantly, it unlocked a part of my artistic self that I'd not been able to access before. For that–and for the amazing cooking skills of my fellow workshop participants–I'll be forever grateful.—Annie Rosen
Having spent the 2012-13 season performing twelve roles with Deutsche Oper Berlin, mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen is now based in the States with a season that included her Metropolitan Opera debut in Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten. In April, she joins the Chicago Lyric Opera's Ryan Opera Center Ensemble for their 2015-16 season.
Contact New York Festival of Song at 646-230-8380 for further information.