Reflections of Country and Longing
Throughout history, people have felt the acute pain of being separated from their homeland. It doesn't matter if it is a separation by choice or necessity, or if the separation is physical or emotional. We all know - too well - what it means to long for the home we remember, the times we lost, and the people we love. Our program explores this universal diaspora, and we invite you to join us as we visit composers who yearn for home, their anchor in a spinning universe.
Featuring the works of Butterworth, Copland, Donizetti, Debussy, Haas, Klein, Puccini, Refice, Rossini, Stradella and Wagner
With special thanks to our presenting sponsor: The Boston Opera Collaborative
Andrew Miller, Baritone
American Baritone, Andrew Miller, is known for his "rich and radiant" singing, "warm, mellow baritone" and "fine comic sensibilities". Previous credits include Vicomte de Valmont with Boston Opera Collaborative, Ogre, and Dr. Rappaccini with OperaHub, Don Pizzaro, Don Magnifico and Alcindoro/Benoit with NEMPAC Boston, Bass Soloist for Mozart's Requiem with Newburyport Choral Society, The Steward, The Marquis, Antonio, Schaunard, and Papageno with The Boston Conservatory, The Marquis at Teatro Magnani in Fidenza, Italy, the title roles of Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi, King Melchior and multiple engagements with the Janiec Opera Company and Fort Worth Opera. He is the recipient of an encouragement award from The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and numerous first place awards from National Association of Teachers of Singing. Andrew trained as a young artist at the Brevard Music Festival, The Boston Conservatory, and Ouachita Baptist University. Upcoming this season, Andrew joins Boston Opera Collaborative as a new member, and will return to their stage to sing Hannah before in As One and Marcello in La Bohème. Andrew is a native of Arlington, Texas.
Fran Rogers, Tenor
Tenor Fran Rogers recent opera credits include Ruggero in Puccinis La Rondine, Danceny in Susas The Dangerous Liaisons, Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola. Upcoming performances include Art in Solitros Triangle, and Rodolfo in Puccinis La Boheme. Fran makes his Symphony Hall debut this October with the Terezin Music Foundation singing a collection of songs by Pavel Haas and Gideon Klein. He is a regular national anthem soloist for Boston sports teams including the Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots, having recently performed for an audience of over 12 million on ESPNs Monday Night Football.
In addition to solo performances across the country and the globe, Fran regularly sings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and is in his third season as a roster artist with the Boston Opera Collaborative. Fran has received many accolades for his singing, including placing at the Concorso Internazionale di Musica Sacra in Rome, Italy. Fran has been critically acclaimed for his "open, free, and effortless high notes", his "athleticism", and "raw strength and natural timbre" that "in the words of Muhammad Ali, 'float like a butterfly, sting like a bee".
James Myers, Pianist
Thousands have enthusiastically received keyboardist James J. Myers at prestigious venues throughout Europe and North America. His stylistic breadth and sensitivity, technical prowess, and musical artistry have reached audiences from Berlin to New York, Los Angeles to London, as well as Honolulu, Munich, Geneva, and Budapest. He has shared the stage with leading artistic luminaries of our age, including Christine Brewer, Judith Christin, Jennifer Koh, Robert McDuffie, Chris Thile, and Renée Fleming. His music has artfully supported master classes of singers Jane Eaglen, Thomas Hampson, Sylvia McNair, Wagnerian Linda Watson, composers Tom Cipullo, Philip Glass, and Jake Heggie, and pianists Ann Schein, Abby Simon, and Nelita True.
In professional houses Mr. Myers has prepared a tremendous range of repertoire, including Lincoronazione di Poppea, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Katya Kabanova, A Midsummer Nights Dream, and Der Fliegende Holländer. In 2008 he was featured on the Kurzweil double synthesizer with Opera Colorado"s Naxos recording of Nixon in China, under Marin Alsop. In operatic, symphonic, and choral engagements he has had the distinct pleasure of working with renowned conductors David Angus, Edward Gardner, Matthew Halls, Bernard Labadie, Peter Oundjian, and the late Marvin Hamlisch.
Mr. Myers leads a dynamic vocal coaching studio in Boston. His students have won top prizes at Classical Singer National Competition, the New York Oratorio Society, positions at Merola, Glimmerglass, Santa Fe, Graz, and Idyllwild Festivals, and scholarships to Juilliard, Indiana, and the Eastman School. He is Coach/Pianist and Lecturer with Boston Lyric Opera and the Boston Conservatory, and will join the opera faculty at the Berklee/Boston Conservatory Summer Opera Festival in Valencia, Spain, summer 2017. He has served as adjudicator, presenter, composer, and pianist at National Association of Teachers of Singing, Classical Singer, and numerous vocal and Early Music festivals in addition to collaborative master classes at academic centers throughout the United States. Mr. Myers holds degrees with distinction from the Hochschule fuer Musik, Hannover (Germany), the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Eastman School.
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