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MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA SHOWCASE
Artists
dec
12, 13
season include singing Handel’s
Semele
with both Concerto Köln and the
Canadian Opera Company, Handel’s
Theodora
with Early Music Vancouver, the
world premiere of Rolf Riehm’s
Sirenen
with Oper Frankfurt and debuting at
Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in the title role
of Weber’s
Oberon
.
Opera highlight:
Zazzo has had
particular success in the title role of
Handel’s
Giulio Cesare
at the Metropolitan
Opera, La Monnaie and the Opera
national de Paris; the latter was released
on DVD to acclaim.
Contemporary:
He is also renowned for
performances of modern music, having
created characters in operas by Peter
Eötvös, Jonathan Dove and Thomas Adès.
Discography:
His newest album is his
first orchestral recital disc,
A Royal Trio
,
featuring music of Ariosti, Bononcinci and
Handel with La Nuova Musica.
More:
harrisonparrott.com.
Barry Banks
, tenor
Barry Banks has earned worldwide
acclaim particularly for singing roles
in the operas of Bellini, Rossini and
Donizetti. He is now performing with the
Minnesota Orchestra for the first time.
Currently:
Highlights of his present
season include his debut as Arnoldo in
Rossini’s
William Tell
with Welsh National
Opera and a return to the Royal Opera
House at Covent Garden as Don Narciso
in Rossini’s
Il turco in Italia
.
Opera:
He has often performed at the
Metropolitan Opera and has sung major
roles at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Royal
Danish Opera, Théâtre des Champs
Elysées, Salzburg Festival and Santa Fe
Festival. He also has a long association
with English National Opera.
Concert:
Banks has performed in the
concert hall with such ensembles as the
London Symphony Orchestra, Munich
Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra.
Recordings:
His discography includes
numerous recordings in the Opera in
English for Chandos, a DVD release of
Armida from the Metropolitan Opera and
an acclaimed solo recital disc,
Barry Banks
Sings Bel Canto Arias
.
More:
harrisonparrott.com.
Derek Welton
, bass-baritone
Australian bass-baritone Derek Welton
performs on major opera and concert
stages around the world and has drawn
notice as a major new voice in the operas
of Wagner. He is now welcomed for his
Minnesota Orchestra debut.
Recent, upcoming:
This season he
debuts at the Sächsische Staatskapelle
Dresden as Graf Dominik in Strauss’
Arabella
; he also sings in two operas
at Staatsoper Hamburg, making a role
debut as Escamillo in Bizet’s
Carmen
and creating the role of Regolo in the
world premiere of Beat Furrer’s
La bianca
notte
. In addition, he performs with the
Houston Symphony, Britten Sinfonia and
Singapore Symphony.
Highlights:
In past seasons he has
debuted at such prominent opera
houses and festivals as Opéra de Lille,
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Salzburg
Easter Festival and Teatro dell’Opera di
Roma, Glyndebourne on Tour and the
Beijing Music Festival. He has also sung
with such orchestras as the Royal Scottish
National Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age
of Enlightenment and London Symphony
Orchestra.
Honors:
In 2011 he was selected to join
the prestigious Salzburg Festival Young
Singers Project.
More:
harrisonparrott.com.
Minnesota Chorale
Kathy Saltzman Romey
, artistic
director
Barbara Brooks
, accompanist and
artistic advisor
The Minnesota Chorale, the Minnesota
Orchestra’s principal chorus since 2004,
is now in its 20th season under the
leadership of Kathy Saltzman Romey.
Founded in 1972, the Chorale is the
state’s preeminent symphonic chorus,
performing regularly with both this
Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber
Orchestra.
Programs:
Among the Chorale’s
initiatives are the acclaimed Bridges
program, the Minneapolis Youth Chorus,
Men in Music for high-school boys and
InChoir for adults.
Engagements:
Later this season the
Chorale will join the Orchestra in
performances of Verdi’s Requiem and,
with conductor Eric Whitacre, a program
of American music.
More:
mnchorale.org.
s o p r a n o
Sophie Amelkin
Sara Butwinick
Deborah Carbaugh
Monica
deCausmeaker
Amanda K. Fitze
Michelle Hayes
Heather Hood
Shannon McGuire
Penny Meschke
Linda Neuman
Elizabeth M.
Nordling
Krista L. Sandstrom
Karen R. Wasiluk
Jan Storhoff Weber
a l t o
Judy Arnstein
Sara Boss
Deyhdra Dennis-
Weiss
Susan Sacquitne
Druck
Julie Schlueter
Engen
Jesse Fleming
Erica Perl
Barbara S. Prince
Deborah E.
Richman
Sue Tuthill Schiess
Kathleen Stuebner
Elizabeth Sullivan
t e n o r
Claude Cassagne
Chris Crosby-
Schmidt
John deCausmeaker
Rich Maier
Joshua McCallister
Jason Nicholson
David Nordli
Mike A. Pettman
Jeffrey J. Raehl
Patrick Romey
Mark L. Trease
b a s s
Andrew Beard
Peder Bolstad
David Goudzwaard-
Vaught
Nathan Oppedahl
Bob Peskin
Nathan Petersen-
Kindem
Michael P. Schmidt
Chad Shultis
Justin A. Staebell
Andrew Stoebig
Rick Wagner
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