Thursday, March 26, 2015

Andrew Potter takes Handel to the Wild Wild West

Andrew Potter as the "mystic traveler" Zoroastro
The Boulder Opera Company, which sits at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Colorado, has updated Handel's Orlando to the American Wild West.

In their re-imagining of the story the deputy Sheriff Orlando is desperately in love with Angelica, who is in turn in love with a cowboy, Medoro. In this hopeless situation, Orlando is driven to madness from which only the mystic traveler Zoroastro can save him. Zoroastro is being sung by bass-barihunk Andrew Potter, who we introduced to readers (with a shirtless selfie) last September when he was singing in Mozart's The Magic Flute with Opera NEO.

Performances are on April 4 and 5 and tickets are available online.

Sexy new photos of Timothy McDevitt and some great music

Timothy McDevitt photographed by Alex Schaefer
Barihunks Calendar model Timothy McDevitt is having a busy season singing, as well as taking a little time for an amazing photo shoot with Alex Schaefer

McDevitt will be performing this Saturday in Vail, Colorado at a benefit for the Edwards Interfaith Chapel and Community Center, which is used by over twenty organizations and seven denominations for services. The show will include everything from Verdi to Broadway. Tickets are available by calling 970-390-7741.

Timothy McDevitt photographed by Alex Schaefer
On Sunday, May 3rd, McDevitt will be performing the Bernstein Mass with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Nezit-Seguin. Kevin Newbury will direct the massive production, which deploys a battalion of musical forces, including two orchestras, a rock band, a marching band, a cast of Broadway vocalists, and multiple choirs.

Composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein conceived this sacred work as a Mass for John F. Kennedy, in conjunction with the dedication of the Kennedy Center in 1971. While he employed many of the elements of a traditional Mass, Bernstein also drew upon his Broadway experience, as well as other religious and popular genres.

Back in February he made his Off Broadway debut in Lady be Good alongside the legendary Tommy Tune with NY City Center Encores. He'll be recording a cast album of the show in May. That same month he debuted Marie Incontrea’s new song cycle “Do Not Harm” with the Moirae Ensemble.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Photo that will make Grown Men Cry

Kenneth Kellogg & Jarrett Ott
Exactly a month ago, we wrote about Glen Roven's new song cycle Songs That Make Grown Men Cry Opus 41, based on a texts from a collection of poetry edited by Anthony Holden and Ben Holden. The performance on March 19th was a huge critical success and we wanted to share this great photo of Kenneth Kellogg and Jarrett Ott from rehearsals. 

Here is Jarrett Ott singing "After Great Pain."

A recording of the performance will be out on GPR Records on May 28th.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ryan McKinny makes role debut as Mozart's Count

Pretty Yende and Ryan McKinny in LA Opera's Marriage of Figaro

Ryan McKinny made his role debut as the Count in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro with the Los Angeles Opera. Other than a run as Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte at the Met last season, Mozart has been virtually non-existent in the American's repertory. There will be five more performances until the show closes on April 12th. A look at his calendar shows that it may be awhile before you can hear him in a Mozart again.

After garnering worldwide acclaim for his Kurwenal in Houston and Dutchman at Glimmerglass, the music of Richard Wagner has been playing the biggest role in his career. His upcoming calendar includes Biterolf in Tannhäuser at the Met, Amfortas in Parsifal at the Teatro Colón, Donner in Das Rheingold and Gunther in Gotterdammerung at Washington National Opera.

Ryan McKinny as Stanley Kowalski and the Dutchman
After L.A., McKinny heads to the Santa Fe Opera to sing Jochanaan in Richard Strauss' Salome  from July 18- August 27. The cast also includes hunkentenor  Brian Jagde as Narraboth and Alex Penda as Salome.

Introducing Bass-Barihunk Božidar Smiljanić

Božidar Smiljanić
If you're in or around Nottingham in the U.K., make sure to check out British-born Serbian bass-barihunk Božidar Smiljanić on Sunday, March 22nd. He'll be giving a free performance of Schubert's Winterreise with accompanist Thomas Primrose as part of St Mary’s ‘Suffering & Sacrifice’ Lenten concert series.

Smiljanić, who is currently studying opera at the Royal Academy of Music, is new to our site. He was born and raised in London and gained his degree in Law at the University of Nottingham before focusing on a singing career.

In 2014, he made his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera as A Captain in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, conducted by Omar Meir Wellber. During the same festival season, he also covered the roles of Police Commissioner in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Doctor Grenvil in Verdi’s La traviata.

At the Academy, Smiljanić has worked on a variety of operatic roles including Leporello and Masetto in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Figaro in La nozze di Figaro, Monterone in Verdi's Rigoletto, Bartolo in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, Le Roi  in Massenet's Cendrillon and Superintendent Budd in Britten's Albert Herring.

In the 2014-15 Royal Academy Opera productions, he performed the role of Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and will be performing the roles of Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Luka in Walton’s The Bear.

As an Academy/Kohn Foundation Bach Scholar, Smiljanić has performed numerous Bach Cantatas with the Academy Baroque Orchestra, conducted on different occasions by Iain Ledingham and Masaaki Suzuki. Božidar is also a member of the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle in which he has performed various recitals of lieder, English and American song.

Smiljanić was awarded first prize in the Blythe-Buesst Operatic Competition, the Sacred Aria Prize in the Mozart Singing Competition and was a two-time finalist in the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award. Most recently, Bozidar was awarded the Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award which will culminate in an evening recital at the Church of St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square in June 2015.

You can also catch him on Saturday, March 28th in Mozart's Mass in C Minor at New Hall at Winchester College. He'll be joined by sopranos Mary Bevan and Kitty Whately, and tenor Daniel Auchincloss.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Introducing Calabrian barihunk Vincenzo Nizzardo

Vincenzo Nizzardo
We just discovered Vincenzo Nizzardo, who will be singing Apollo in Pier Luigi Pizzi's production of Gluck's Alceste at the Teatro la Fenice from March 20-28.  Tickets and additional information are available online.

The Calabrian barihunk was was born in the town of Locri in 1987. He began studying music at the age of six and enrolled at the Conservatoire Cilea of Reggio Calabria, where he graduated with a degree in singing. 

Vincenzo Nizzardo singing music from Cinema Paradiso:

He has performed Dulcamara in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore at the Teatro F. Cilea of Reggio Calabria, The Marriage of Figaro  in Paola,  Figaro in Rossini's The Barber of Seville at the Teatro Rendano of Cosenza and at the Teatro Valle Rome, and Hermann/Schlemil in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffman in Como, Brescia, Jesi and Pavia. 

Upcoming performances include Billy Budd at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Paolo Albiani in Simon Boccanegra in Bordeaux and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte in Rouen.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Benoit Pitre featured in night of sacred music

Benoit Pitre
Canadian barihunk Benoit Pitre will be singing Simeon in Debussy's sacred cantata L'Enfant prodigue (The Prodigal Son) with Sakrale Opera in Berlin on March 20 and 22. The piece tells the Biblical story of the return of the Prodigal Son in a series of arias, ensembles and orchestral interludes. The work will be performed again on April 17th. Tickets are available online.

The program also includes Dvorak's Biblical Songs and will be performed at the Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche. He'll be performing two of the songs.

You can also catch Pitre performing highlights from Mozart's Don Giovanni on March 19th at the 25H Hotel in Berlin. You can check out our post from last year introducing him to readers. Also, make sure to LIKE his Facebook page where you can follow his career.