Much praised for her “luminous voice” and “intensely expressive interpretations” (The New York Times), and recognized by Opera News as a singer on the rise, soprano Sarah Shafer has become a much sought-after operatic and concert artist. Shafer makes her debut at the Festival in collaboration with the eminent pianist Richard Goode.
|SCHUBERT||Im Fruhling (In Spring)|
|Rastlose Liebe (Restless Love)|
|Du liebst mich nicht (You do not love me)|
|BRAHMS||Four Piano Pieces|
|Wir Wandelten (We Wandered)|
|Junge lieder/Meine liebe ist grün (Songs of youth/My love is green)|
|Madchenlied (Maiden’s song)|
|Auf dem Kirchhofe (In the churchyard)|
|Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht (Death is the cool night)|
|Botschaft (Boat song)|
|FAURE||Nell, Op. 18, No. 1|
|Mandoline (Mandolin), Op. 58, No. 1|
|Prison, Op. 83, No. 1|
|Les berceaux (The cradles), Op. 23, No. 1|
|Après un reve (After a dream), Op. 7, No. 1|
|DEBUSSY||Children’s Corner Suite, L. 113|
|Ariettes oublieés (Forgotten arias), L. 60|
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Crane Group and the General Mills Foundation.
Praised for her “luminous voice” and “intensely expressive interpretations” (The New York Times), and named “remarkable, artistically mature” and “a singer to watch” by Opera News, soprano Sarah Shafer is quickly emerging as a sought-after operatic and concert artist. Ms. Shafer made her professional operatic debut in 2012 in the role of Barbarina and the cover role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival and the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall. Other recent roles include her American debut with Opera Memphis as Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Mary Lennox in the world premiere of San Francisco Opera’s The Secret Garden, and Papagena in Opera Philadelphia’s Die Zauberflöte and Nuria in its production of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar. The 2014–2015 season includes the world-premiere performance of Marco Tutino’s Two Women with San Francisco Opera, in the role of Rosetta.
A recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Ms. Shafer’s credits for Curtis Opera Theatre include over 20 productions and a variety of roles such as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Almirena in Rinaldo, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Elizabeth Zimmer in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers, Ilia in Idomeneo, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Sofia in Il Signor Bruschino, and Mélisande in Impressions of Pelléas. Most recently, she sang the role of Sister Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites.
Richard Goode has been hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. In regular performances with the major orchestras, recitals in the world’s music capitals, and through his extensive and acclaimed Nonesuch recordings, he has won a large and devoted following.
Gramophone magazine recently captured the essence of what makes Richard Goode such an original and compelling artist: ‘‘Every time we hear him, he impresses us as better than we remembered, surprising us, surpassing our expectations and communicating perceptions that stay in the mind.”
Richard Goode opens his 2015-2016 season as soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Jeffrey Kahane, followed by appearances with the Orchestre de Paris and Hebert Blomstedt, the Cincinnati Symphony and David Zinman, and the Orchestre National de Lyon and Ton Koopman, among others. A compelling recitalist, Mr. Goode will be featured in the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center in New York, at the Royal Festival Hall in London, in the Chicago Symphony series, and at major venues in the U.S. and Europe including those in Budapest, Cleveland, Denver, Dublin, Genova, Glasgow, Kansas City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Vancouver and Washington, DC. He will also return to both the Gilmore Festival and Krannert Center at the University of Illinois in addition to performing in a gala concert celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.