Ailyn Pérez makes house & role debuts as Desdemona in HGO’s “Otello”
Inon Barnatan: fall solo recitals in Chicago & Boston; chamber music in NYC
Joyce Yang partners with Takács Quartet, Augustin Hadelich, and more in 2014-15
Leif Ove Andsnes Embarks on Final Leg of Epic “Beethoven Journey”
Ailyn Pérez makes house & role debuts as Desdemona in HGO’s “Otello”Published: October 23, 2014
Richard Tucker and Plácido Domingo Award-winner Ailyn Pérez makes her hotly anticipated Houston Grand Opera debut this Friday (Oct 24), in what also marks her role debut as Desdemona in Otello. Under the baton of Patrick Summers, Houston’s artistic and music director, she stars opposite Simon O’Neill as Otello and Marco Vratogna as Iago in the company’s staging of John Cox’s hit production of the Shakespearean tragedy, which runs through November 7. While these will be her first appearances as Verdi’s falsely accused heroine, the American soprano is no stranger to his leading ladies; long recognized as “an ideal Violetta” (Observer, UK), she most recently headlined La traviata at London’s Royal Opera House, where her performance was simulcast free online in the company’s first live stream of a complete opera, and at the San Francisco Opera, where her outstanding portrayal “confirmed her artistic maturity” (San Francisco Classical Voice).
Inon Barnatan: fall solo recitals in Chicago & Boston; chamber music in NYCPublished: October 22, 2014
When Inon Barnatan made his solo debut at Manhattan’s SubCulture last month, the New York Times named him the “star attraction” of the venue’s piano festival; as the paper reported, “He demonstrated, in one of the most thoughtful and effective recitals I have heard from a pianist under 40, a sensitivity reminiscent of two other New York institutions, Emanuel Ax and Murray Perahia.” There are further opportunities to hear the Israeli pianist in solo recital this fall, when he performs at Chicago’s Harris Theater (Nov 3) and in the Boston “Celebrity Series” (Dec 10). Barnatan also looks forward to a number of high-profile chamber engagements, joining the Jerusalem String Quartet for an all-Brahms program at New York’s 92nd Street Y (Oct 23, 25 & 29); appearing at Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Nov 16); and returning to the Y to launch his unprecedented new three-year appointment as Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic in company with Alisa Weilerstein (Dec 7). The Avery Fisher Career Grant-winner rounds out his full fall schedule with performances of Chopin’s First Piano Concerto with the New Jersey Symphony (Nov 28–30).
Deborah Voigt makes Dallas Opera debut in title role of “Salome” (Oct 30)Published: October 22, 2014
Deborah Voigt makes her long awaited Dallas Opera debut on October 30, with a reprise of her star turn in the title role of Francesca Zambello’s hit production of Salome. The soprano and director have enjoyed a professional relationship for more than two decades, and indeed it was in Zambello’s staging of the biblical tale that Voigt gave her first performances as Strauss’s heroine at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Opera News proclaimed her role debut “inarguably a standard-setting one,” and the New York Times agreed; declaring it “a personal and artistic triumph,” Anthony Tommasini confessed: “I have never heard her sing with such fearless intensity.” The soprano will be joined in Dallas by baritone Greer Grimsley as John the Baptist and tenor Robert Brubaker as Herod, with conductor Evan Rogister leading from the pit (Oct 30–Nov 8). Further information is available here.
Alisa Weilerstein follows “Solo” release with fall NY Phil, Cleveland Orch, & Dallas Sym datesPublished: October 21, 2014
MacArthur Fellow Alisa Weilerstein returns to the States with a bang this fall. October 28 brings the U.S. release of Solo, her compilation of unaccompanied 20th-century cello music; with Kodály’s sonata as its centerpiece, the album is her third as an exclusive Decca Classics artist, and represents a highly personal musical statement. On the heels of the new release, the cellist revisits her two previous recordings in collaboration with a trio of top American orchestras. She joins forces with both the Cleveland Orchestra (Nov 6, 8 & 9) and Dallas Symphony (Nov 14–16) for Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the work that won her BBC Music magazine’s coveted “Recording of the Year” award, and plays Dvorák’s Cello Concerto – as on her chart-topping sophomore disc – with the New York Philharmonic and Christoph von Dohnányi (Dec 4, 5, 6 & 9). While in New York, she also joins key members of the Philharmonic for an evening of chamber music at the 92nd Street Y (Dec 7).