Our artistic director, Daniel Serafin has designed a wonderful program with international opera stars for the 63rd Viennese Opera Ball
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We would like to thank the opera stars of the 62nd Viennese Opera Ball
for their outstanding performances!
Performances by Metropolitan Opera Star Stephen Costello
As the Associated Press observes, Stephen Costello is “a prodigiously gifted singer whose voice makes an immediate impact.” The Philadelphia-born tenor quickly established a reputation as a “first-class talent” (Opera News) after coming to national attention in 2007, when, aged 26, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut on the company’s season-opening night. Two years later Costello won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award, and he has since appeared at many of the world’s most important opera houses and music festivals, including London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Deutsche Oper Berlin; the Vienna State Opera; the Lyric Opera of Chicago; San Francisco Opera; Washington National Opera; and the Salzburg Festival. In 2010 he created the role of Greenhorn (Ishmael) in the Dallas Opera’s celebrated world-premiere production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick, prompting Opera magazine to hail him as “a tenor of ineffable sensitivity” and “unfailing elegance in singing.”
In the new year, Stephen Costello returns to New York’s Metropolitan Opera for a pair of back-to-back productions. Marking his house title role debut, he headlines Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (March 3–18) opposite Pretty Yende in the same hit Bartlett Sher staging in which he starred opposite Anna Netrebko at the 2010 Salzburg Festival. And in Michael Mayer’s novel Vegas setting of Verdi’s Rigoletto (Jan 20–Feb 4), he reprises the Sinatra-like portrayal of the Duke of Mantua to which the New York Times found his “bright tenor … perfectly suited” last year.
Performances by Opera Star Massimo Giordano
From his native Pompei to the stages of the world: the story of Massimo Giordano, one of the most prominent tenors of the international opera scene.The Scala of Milan, The Metropolitan of New York, The Staatsoper of Vienna, Munich, Berlin, The Royal Opera House of London, and the Opéra of Paris are just some of Massimo’s musical homes, by now citizen of the world’s theaters. From Sydney to Tokyo, Chicago, Rome, Zurich, Dresda, Madrid…and the festivals, with legendary productions such as Verdi’s Falstaff conducted by Abbado in Salzburg (directed by Declan Donnellan) or his personal success with Lensky in Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky in Glydebourne in 2008, with Vladimir Jurowski conductor and Graham Vick director.
New challenges, important debuts: in 2013 the repertory is enriched by the role of Forest in Verdi’s Attila, in concert at the Deutsche Oper of Berlin, in 2014 the role of Maurizio of Sassonia in a new production of Adriana Lecouvreur at the Wiener Staatsoper, and at the Cavaliere Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut at the Easter Festival at Baden Baden, under the direction of Simon Rattle heading the Berliner Philarmoniker. And it’s still not over….
Performances by Opera Star Kristin Lewis
Kristin Lewis, a lyrico-spinto soprano lauded for her interpretations of Verdi heroines, is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas/USA. She currently lives in Vienna, Austria. The 2016-17 opera season will be highlighted by Ms. Lewis’ return to Teatro alla Scala in the role of “Bess” in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Other anticipated performances include her debuts of Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder in concert with Maestro Zubin Mehta and the Israeli Philharmonic in Athens, Greece; as well as at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain, singing the role of Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Another highlight of the season will be a European tour of Verdi’s Aida with Maestro Plácido Domingo as conductor, accompanied by the Budapest State Opera Orchestra and Chorus. She will also make her return to the Vienna Staatsoper to sing the title role in Verdi’s “Aida” and the role “Amelia” in Un Ballo in Maschera. Ms. Lewis has performed in such prestigious houses as the Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, the l’Opéra de Paris, Berlin State Opera, the Arena di Verona, Carnegie Hall, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Mariinsky Theatre, Chorégies d’Orange, the Royal Danish Theatre and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, etc.
Ms. Lewis has been directed by many illustrious conductors, including Nicola Luisotti, Alain Altinoglu, Gianandrea Noseda, Riccardo Muti, Bruno Bartoletti, Philippe Jordan, Donato Renzetti, Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Dan Ettinger, Zubin Mehta, Donald Runnicles, Donato Renzetti, Daniel Oren, Daniele Gatti, Daniele Callegari, Alberto Veronesi, Omer Wellber and Philippe Auguin.
Performances by Opera Star Sarah Joy Miller
Sarah Joy Miller, praised by The New York Times as “vivacious and fearless” is widely acknowledged as one of the industry’s foremost emerging talents. Ms. Miller began turning heads at her New York City Opera and BAM débuts to great critical acclaim singing the title role of Anna Nicole Smith in the Royal Opera House commissioned opera Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage. This season, Ms. Miller will perform at St. Bart’s music festival, the Bolshoi Theater, the Slovak Sinfonietta, and perform Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at Opera Grand Rapids and Baltimore Opera.
Highlights of previous seasons include: her début at Michigan Opera Theater singing Gilda in Rigoletto, and subsequent returns as Leïla in Pearl Fishers and a role début as Marguerite in Faust; Musetta in La bohème at New York’s Symphony Space; Micaëla in Carmen with New York Lyric Opera; performances of Carmina Burana with the Dallas Symphony; and Violetta in La traviata with Long Island Opera and Palm Beach Opera.
A regional finalist in The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Miller has earned and been honored with an array of awards and scholarships including: the Palm Springs Opera Guild, Elizabeth Parham Vocal Scholarship, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the New York Lyric Opera Competition, and the Jensen Foundation.