Salon/Sanctuary Concerts to Open 5th Season with THE HEIRS OF TANTALUS, 9/19 & 21
THE HEIRS OF TANTALUS,
SALON/SANCTUARY CONCERTS opens its fifth season with the return of "THE HEIRS OF TANTALUS".
From the House of Atreus to the Palace of Nero
Greek myth and Roman history refracted through the prism of the baroque-a depraved brew of hubris, blood-lust and vengeance.
JESSICA GOULD, soprano
JOSÉ LEMOS, countertenor
JORY VINIKOUR, harpsichord
Members of the SEBASTIANS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Guest Actors, including Ethan Peck as Orestes
Stage Direction by Erica Gould
The concerts are set for Thursday, September 19, 2013 and Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:00pm at THE BROAD STREET BALLROOM, a former bank designed to replicate a Roman villa, 41 Broad Street, NYC. Tickets: $25-$100 can be purchased on the Salon/Sanctuary website www.salonsanctuary.org or by calling Showclix at 1 888/718-4253.
For complete season information, go to www.salonsanctuary.org.
Having rapidly established itself as one of New York's most sought after destinations for early music and innovative programming, the often-imitated but never replicatedSALON/SANCTUARY CONCERTS opens its fifth season on September 19 and 21with an expanded run of its critically acclaimed original interdisciplinary project, The Heirs of Tantalus: From the House of Atreus to the Palace of Nero.
The vocal soloists include soprano Jessica Gould and countertenor José Lemos, and members of The Sebastians under the direction of Grammy-nominated harpsichordistJory Vinikour. Script and stage direction are by Erica Gould, with guest actors featuring Ethan Peck (grandson of Gregory Peck) in the role of Orestes.
Greek myth and Roman history refracted through the prism of the baroque, The Heirs of Tantalus weaves words of the Greek tragedians Aeschylus and Euripides, biting commentary of the Roman historian Suetonius, and music of Monteverdi, Scarlattiand Handel into a depraved tapestry of hubris, blood-lust, and vengeance, intertwining mythic characters of Greek tragedy with notorious historical figures of the depraved court of Nero, whose actual crimes dwarf anything the Greek imagination could conjure.
With music from the operas L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) and Agrippina(Handel), and the cantatas Io Son Nerone (Scarlatti) and Agrippina Condotta a Morire (Handel), three actors and two singers take on multiple roles within the magnificent interior of the Broad Street Ballroom. This former bank, exquisitely designed to replicate a Roman villa, sets the perfect stage for this site-specific event.
Ethan Gregory Peck was born in Los Angeles on March 2, 1986 and began acting at the age of 9. In his first TV film role, he appeared on Marshal Law, and from 2009 to 2010 Peck starred as Patrick Verona on Ten Things I Hate About You, the ABC Family TV series based on the 1999 film. He has since guest starred on Gossip Girl, and in 2012, played Prince Maxon for the pilot adaptation of the popular book series The Selection.
In 2008, he made his feature film debut in Aaron Woodley's Tennessee starring alongside Mariah Carey and Adam Rothenberg. The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and his performance earned him praise in a Tribeca review by Joel Keller at cinematical.com who stated, "Peck, in his first film role, is remarkable as Ellis." Tennessee was followed with a co-starring role opposite Peter Coyote and Bebe Neuwirth in the film Adopt a Sailor. For his portrayal of "Sailor," he received the Best Actor award at the 2009 Sonoma International Film Festival. He has since appeared in roles on The Sorcerer's Apprentice,Twelve, In Time, The Wine of Summer, Mine Games, and will soon be seen alongside Anne Heche, Clancy Brown and James Tupper in the October 4 release of the horror film,Nothing Left to Fear. He was recently on location in Malaysia co-starring with Nate Parker on the dramatic thriller Eden.
In high school Peck studied classical cello, and was a member of the advanced orchestra at Harvard Westlake. In his senior year he was accepted on early admission to the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, selected for drama studies in their ETW (Experimental Theater Wing) studio. There he received a wide range of training in voice, movement and acting while learning to create, perform and direct his own work. New York theatre credits includeThe Minotaur by Anna Ziegler with Jill Clayburgh, Mario Cantone, and Campbell Scott (The Fire Dept). After three years at Tisch he took a leave of absence to return to LA for his work on the series Ten Things I Hate About You.
Ethan Peck is also the grandson of the late great Hollywood icon, Gregory Peck, and all indications are he will not only continue that legacy, but is on his way to creating one of his own.
Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation. Born in Chicago, he came to Paris on a Fulbright scholarship to study with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert. First Prizes in the International Harpsichord Competitions of Warsaw (1993) and the Prague Spring Festival (1994) brought him to the public's attention, and he has since appeared in festivals and concert series, and as soloist with major orchestras, throughout much of the world. He has recently appeared as conductor with the Juilliard415 Baroque orchestra at Carnegie Hall, as well as with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated with many major artists, notably Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. His solo recordings have been widely praised in the international press. His recording of the complete works of Jean-Philippe Rameau (Sono Luminus, 2012) has been nominated for a Grammy in the field of Best Classical Solo Intrumental Recording.
José Lemos was awarded both a 2003 and 2004 Tanglewood Music Fellowship where he made his USA operatic debut in Zuidam's Rage D'Amours and in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream as Oberon. The following season he made his European debut at the Zürich Opernhaus as Nireno in Giulio Cesare in Egitto under the baton of Marc Minkowski. Appearances followed at the Aldeburgh Festival in England Purcell's Faerie Queen under the baton of Harry Bicket. Mr. Lemos is the First Prize Winner and the Audience Prize Winner of the 2003 International Baroque Singing Competition of Chimay, Belgium. He has performed many roles with Les Arts Florissants at Teatro Real in Madrid, Salle Pleyel in Paris, on tour across Europe, and on DVD with Virgin/EMI. He performed Narciso in Handel's Agrippina conducted by Marc Minkowski at Zürich, and Royal Festival Hall. He has also sung the roles of Ottone in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with the Seattle Early Music Guild directed by Stephen Stubbs, and Tolomeo in Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto conducted by Nicolas McGegan at the Göttingen Handel Festspiele in Germany. With the Boston Early Music Festival, Lemos portrayed Nerea in the 2011 production of Niobe, the Spirit in Purcell's Dido & Aeneas in 2010, and Silène in the 2007 production of Lully's Psyche which was released on the German label CPO and nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award. 2009 saw Mr. Lemos' debut as soloist at Carnegie Hall in in Mozart's Coronation Mass. In 2010 he made his debut at Avery Fisher Hall in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.
Soprano/SSC Artistic Director Jessica Gould has been noted for "a dramatic intensity that honored the texts" (The New York Times), for "expansive range, coloratura facility, and multi-hued, powerful sound" (Seen and Heard International), "astonishing ornaments and passaggi, executed to perfection" (Lute News, UK), and "crystalline sounds" and for having "reached the heart of an enrapturEd English audience" (Traditional Music Maker, UK). With Roger Rees and the Paul Dresher Ensemble she can be heard on the New World Records CD Tell the Birds, featuring music of Eve Beglarian. Chamber music performances include The Clarion Society, Sinfonia New York, The Four Nations Ensemble, The Virginia Arts Festival, The Guggenheim Works & Process Series with The Cassatt Quartet, and The Beinecke Library at Yale University, as well as guest soloist appearances with numerous ensembles. Presenters abroad include the Festival Martedì in Arte at the Palazzo Davanzati, the Museo di Arte Sacra in Tuscany, and the Library of the Museo di San Marco of Florence. Operatic performances include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Herz in The Impresario, the title role of Handel's Semele, and Poppea in Handel's Agrippina. As Founder and Artistic Director of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, she creates and is awarded grants for many original programs featuring repertoire from the 8th to 18th centuries, and serves as writer, music researcher, and translator.