Linda Kitchen presents...
- Thursday, November 3, 2016 – 7:00PM
- Adult: $30
- Senior: $25
- Youth: $20
Trump It! starring Kim Giordano, Nerys Jones, Brendan Tuohy & José Rubio.
Whilst the election is creating much for us all to talk about, Trump It! is a chance for four opera singers to sing about it! I’m sure Vivaldi, Verdi and Mozart would love to hear Trump and Clinton singing their beautiful melodies. The musical election debate has an unwelcome interruption from a representative of all fallen candidates and is fronted by Meghan Kelly. All is under constant daily scrutiny and is as flexible as our nominees are unpredictable!
Flora & Dora starring Kim Giordano and Nerys Jones.
Many muse over what happens to Fiordiligi and Dorabella after the last note of Così fan Tutte is sung. Having had a holiday romance with exotic strangers, the girls are supposedly reunited with their boyfriends, who had been the exotic lovers in disguise. Despite having been caught in the act of almost marrying each other’s partners, we are lead to believe Così ends on a happy-ever-after note. Apologies to Mozart and others, but, several years on, we meet Flora-diligi and Dora-bella again…..
Born in the North of England, Linda Kitchen studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and at the National Opera Studio, London. Having served her apprenticeship at Glyndebourne Festival debuting as Amor in Sir Peter Hall’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, she became a principal soprano at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This launched her 25 year-long career as opera singer and actress in major European opera houses.
In 2004, Linda leapt off the stage into the role of director. Following her successful directing debut of Hamlet in St. Dogmael’s Abbey, subsequent productions include Die Entführung aus dem Serail in UK; Magic Flute & L’Heure Espagnole for Southern Opera New Zealand; Albert Herring, Messiah & Carmina Burana at University of Auckland; Die Fledermaus, L’Enfant et les Sortilegès and Suor Angelica for Opera Factory, Auckland. You will see more of Linda Kitchen’s work in Seattle Opera’s Season Previews and in La Bohème, her directing début for Tacoma Opera, in October this year.
BRENDAN TUOHY – TENOR
American tenor Brendan Tuohy has been praised by The Cincinnati Post for his “big, bold tenor edged with silver” and he continues to move audiences both in the states and overseas. Most recently Tuohy made his Germany debut singing Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Berlin Opera Academy. The past couple of seasons Brendan split time between the United States and France. In the States he performed Peter Quint, Alfredo in Die Fledermaus, and Albert Herring. In France he performed his role debuts of Mozart’s Tito and the title role in Idomeneo both with Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier. Brendan is a former member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio program and the Portland Opera Studio program. Brendan completed his academic training at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) with a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance. Tuohy’s upcoming engagements include Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte for Bellevue Opera, Chevalier in Dialogues des Carmélites, Bénédict in Béatrice et Bénédict, Tony in Westside Story, and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas.
JOSÉ RUBIO – BARITONE
Internationally acclaimed baritone José Rubio has quickly established himself performing at major and regional venues across the country. Equally comfortable in the concert hall as on the operatic stage, Mr. Rubio’s Carnegie Hall Recital Debut was met with great acclaim. Mr. Rubio’s recent engagements have included Schaunard La Bohème with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance Festival in NYC, Falke in Die Fledermaus with Tacoma Opera, company debuts with Asheville Lyric and Skagit Opera. Internationally he was seen on tour in China with the ISING! International Festival in 2014. Other engagements this season have included a return to Portland Opera and Brava! Opera Theater, Vespertine Opera andTacoma Opera. José was Soloist in Carmina Burana in Seattle with the Spectrum Dance Theater. He received his Artist Diploma and Master’s degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and holds a Bachelor’s from the University of Washington. Mr. Rubio has been a two time winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Competition. Upcoming performances include Marcello in La Bohème with Tacoma Opera, and premieres with the Nashville Opera, and Albany Symphony.
LI-TAN HSU – PIANO
A prizewinner from the Liszt Garrison Competition, Dr. Li-Tan Hsu is currently a Collaborative Artist in Residence in Music Division of the Seattle University as well as regularly working with both Seattle Opera and Seattle Symphony. Her past experiences included the Official Accompanist for the Seattle Symphony Piano Competition, Washington International Competition, WPAS Feder Competition, and staff accompanist for Aspen Music School and Festival. She has appeared in recitals in Austria, the U.S., and Taiwan. Dr. Hsu was a rehearsal pianist for concert soloists, including pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, violinist Victor Danchenko, and tenor Mark Padmore. Dr. Hsu also appeared in recitals with other distinguished artists including faculty members from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins and professors from the University of Maryland, as well as members from the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and Seattle Opera.
NERYS JONES – MEZZO SOPRANO
Nerys Jones was born and educated in Mid Wales (Llanfair Caereinion) and studied at both the Royal Scottish Academy and Guildhall schools of music and drama. In 1994 she joined English National Opera where she remained a company mezzo-soprano for six seasons, roles including Cherubino and Hansel She has performed with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Early Music Consort and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales at the National Eisteddfod. Recitals include the North Wales Music Festival with the pianist Malcolm Martineau, and a celebration concert for the composer, Geoffrey Bush, at St John’s Smith Square, London. Other appearances include Cherubino, Rosina and Dorabella for Grange Park Opera, the title role in La Cenerentola for Opera Zuid, Pitti Sing The Mikado for La Fenice in Venice, Hansel with Reisopera in Holland and Prince Charmant in Cendrillion for Puget Sound Concert Opera and at the Seattle Opera on their World Premier piece Amelia, and Orlovsky for Tacoma Opera. Next season Nerys has a busy performance schedule including a return to the Northwest Sinfonietta for the Mozart Requiem.
KIM GIORDANO – SOPRANO
Lauded for her “polished”, “sterling” and “honest performance” (Seattle Times), soprano Kimberly Giordano delights audiences with her consummate blend of elegance and emotion. Recent highlights include the title role in Portland Concert Opera’s Iolanta, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Tacoma Opera, Verdi’s Requiem with Thalia Symphony and Choir of the Sound, and The Three Divas, Christophe Chagnard’s farewell concerts with the Northwest Sinfonietta. A Northwest favorite, she has performed with many area companies including Seattle Opera, Music of Remembrance, Tacoma Opera, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Whatcom Symphony, Kirkland Choral Society, and Choral Arts. She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Vaughan William’s Dona nobis pacem with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. She holds degrees in Voice and Music Theatre from the University of Washington and Illinois Wesleyan University, with additional training at the Aspen Opera Theater Center. Upcoming events include Mrs. Fairfax in Center of Contemporary Opera’s world premiere of Jane Eyre. www.kimberlygiordano.com