Dallas Opera to Launch New Art Song Recital Series in January
The Dallas Opera is thrilled and honored to announce that, through the generosity of The Titus Family, a brand-new recital series has been created to showcase well-established singers in programs dedicated to preserving the fine art of "art song."
The series launch will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2014 in Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street, Dallas) at 7:30 p.m. with the Dallas Opera debut of one of the classical music world's most exciting singing stars: English tenor Ian Bostridge, who will be performing a program that will include the original twelve-song version of Franz Schubert's Winterreise as well as selections by Benjamin Britten, Charles Ives, Noel Coward and Cole Porter.
Mr. Bostridge will be accompanied in recital by a celebrated young Canadian pianist, Miss Wenwen Du.
"In my own musical work as a pianist and accompanist," says Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, "I have always particularly enjoyed working with singers on art song and lieder.
"Imagine my delight, then, with this extraordinary Titus Family gift, which allows the Dallas Opera to engage the finest interpreters of this repertoire to perform right here in North Texas.
"We are thrilled to inaugurate this new series with one of the world's leading performers in this repertoire, tenor Ian Bostridge. The Dallas Opera is already making plans to host a series of gifted artists in coming seasons and I can foresee the day when this unique series is as eagerly anticipated as the main stage Dallas Opera season itself."
Ian Bostridge, created a CBE in the 2004 "New Year's Honours," has forged major careers on the world's finest opera and concert stages, as well as in the recording studio.
In the opera world, Bostridge has performed the roles of Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Jupiter (Semele), and Aschenbach (Death in Venice) at English National Opera; Quint (The Turn of the Screw), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Caliban (The Tempest) for the Royal Opera; Don Ottavio in Vienna and Nerone (L'Incoranazione di Poppea), Tom Rakewell (The Rake's Progress) and Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) in Munich, and the role of Aschenbach in Brussels, Amsterdam and Luxembourg.
The Los Angeles Times wrote: "Bostridge sings as if from inside the music, as if he has found a way to produce pure, disembodied emotion."
He has a host of award-winning recordings (both Grammy and Gramophone) and has dazzled concert audiences at the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and New York Philharmonic Orchestras.
The always brilliant Mr. Bostridge has played a significant role in the 2013 Britten Centenary celebrations from the Salzburgh Festival to London's Barbican to New York's Carnegie Hall.
Opening the "Britten 100 Festival" last week, "Bostridge brought his distinctive voice, with its combination of sensual allure and choirboy purity to a performance of all five (Britten) Canticles," wrote New York Times Classical Music Critic Anthony Tommasini, "The audience withheld applause until the end. Once it started, it went on and on."
"The Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series," explains Dallas Opera Executive Committee Member Sarah Titus "was created by our family to honor my parents' lifetime commitment to the arts in Dallas, as well as their history of giving to the Dallas Opera. My parents' commitment to the organization dates back to its inception in the late 1950s.
"This particular art form has been a lifelong passion of my mother's, so, endowing an annual recital featuring world-class artists and accompanists seemed a natural fit.
"Speaking for the entire family, we are excited to be bringing this glorious music to Dallas audiences; and we commend Keith Cerny's responsible leadership of-and vision for-the Dallas Opera."