Saturday, December 9, 2017

Seth Carico stars in sexy Le Prophète at Deutsche Oper

Seth Carico (center) as Count Oberthal
After about a dozen emails and messaging imploring us to check out Meyerbeer's Le Prophète at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, we finally got around to it, and were we ever pleased. Not only did it have a stage full of sexy, semi-clad men, but it starred one of our favorite barihunks, Seth Carico as the evil Count Oberthal. Seth Carico has emerged as one of opera's most exciting singing actors in the business and this performance is not to be missed.
 
Le Prophète at the Deutsche Oper

For those not familiar with the rarely performed 4 1/2 French Grand Opera, the story charts the rise and fall of the regime that installed the Protestant Anabaptist sect in the Westphalian city of Münster in 1535. Jean de Leyde, an innkeeper, leads the band of fundamentalists in an act of defiance against the despotic Catholic authorities. However, he soon realizes that the revolutionaries are as corrupt as the rulers they have displaced.
 
Gregory Kunde and an angel in Le Prophète

One thread running through Meyerbeer’s work is the corrupting effect of power. The only voice of reason is that of the women, the powerless, apolitical inhabitants of this world – headed by Jean’s mother Fidès, who warns her infatuated son to recant, proffering pure and total forgiveness in return.

There is one performance remaining on December 16 with the current cast. It then returns on January 4 and 7 with a different cast, including Australian barihunk Andrew Finden replacing Seth Carico as Count Oberthal.   

Zachary Gordin and Gianluca Margheri from our 2018 Barihunks Calendar/photo book
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Three barihunks advance at Mid Atlantic Met Auditions

Ethan Simpson, Andrew Bogard and Brent Michael Smith
Bass-baritone Andrew Bogard, baritone Ethan Simpson and bass Brent Michael Smith all advanced to the next round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Also advancing at the Middle Atlantic Region auditions in Philhadelphia were mezzo-soprano Gillian Cotter, tenor Matthew White, tenor Joshua Blue and soprano Meryl Dominguez.

A number of barihunks have recently advanced from the Middle Atlantic Region, including bass Patrick Guetti, bass-baritone Brandon Cedel, baritone Sean Michael Plumb and baritone Elliot Madore.

The National Semi-Finals concert will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 and the Grand Finals Concert will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2018 in New York City at the Metropolitan Opera House. Bertrand de Billy will conduct this year's concert.

Ethan Simpson will be making his movie debut as Cesar in an upcoming film based on Anne Patchett’s New York Times best selling Bel Canto starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe.

In January 2018, Andrew Bogard will star as Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute at CoOPERAtive in Princeton, New Jersey.

In January 2018, Brent Michael Smith will sing Fafner in Wagner's Das Rheingold at the Academy of Vocal Arts. 


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Malte Roesner co-creates and performs in sold out Opera Parallèle concert

 
Malte Roesner from the 2018 Barihunk Photo Book
Malte Roesner, who earlier this year made his U.S. stage debut with West Edge Opera in Vicente Martín y Soler's The Chastity Tree (see our post), as well as his U.S. concert debut, is returning on December 10th for a recital at San Francisco's historic Palace of the Legion of Honor. The concert is a collaboration with Opera Parallèle and the museum. 

A musicologist, as well as a singer, Roesner helped put together the program, which centers around composers who had some connection to the painters Gustav Klimt and Auguste Rodin. The two artists are being featured at an exhibit at the Legion of Honor. The program also features the rising young star, lyric soprano Amina Edris, as well as accompanist Keisuke Nakagoshi. The innovative show quickly sold out and resulted in online bartering for tickets and a demand for a second concert! (None has been announced). 

Roesner will be performing Hugo Wolf's Michelangelo Songs, as well as pieces by Alexander von Zemlinsky and Hans Pfitzner. Amina Edris will be performing works by Reynaldo Hahn, Alma Mahler, Claude Debussy and Henri Duparc.

According to Roesner the paths of Klimt and Rodin intersected in the 1898 Secession in Vienna and both of their most famous pieces are titled "The Kiss." 

According to his program notes, other connections include:   
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti was one of Rodin's main role models. He traveled to Rome to study him. Rodin said, "It is Michelangelo who has freed me from academic sculpture." 
  • Alma Mahler was a close friend of Gustav Klimt and the 5 Lieder contain one song with lyrics by Rainer Maria Rilke, who was Rodin's private secretary.      
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky was a Viennese contemporary of Klimt's and together with Gustav Mahler a competitor for Alma Schindler's (later Mahler-werfel) affection. According to her diary and her autobiography Klimt was her first kiss and Zemlinsky both her composition teacher and the man she experienced her sexual awakening with, but ultimately she decided to marry Mahler, who was 20 years her senior.       
  • In a scandal over an artistic dispute, Debussy came out publicly as a supporter of Rodin. Debussy and Klimt were both born and died the same year.   
If you're missing this concert, you may have a chance to see Roesner with Opera Parallèle during their 2018-19 season. We recommend that you buy early. Check out their current season online, which includes the world premiere of Marcus Shelby's Harriet's Spirit, as well as a double-bill of Jake Heggie's At the Statue of Venus and Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti.

Malte Roesner from the 2018 Barihunks Calendar

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

David Adam Moore appearing in fitness book, The New Yorker and world premiere.

David Adam Moore from Complete Vocal Fitness
American barihunk David Adam Moore, who just scored a huge triumph in Thomas Adés' The Exterminating Angel, is featured in a Kickstarter campaign for the book Complete Vocal Fitness: A Singer's Guide to Physical Training, Anatomy & Biomechanics. The book, authored by vocal coach Claudia Friedlander, offers the same tools that fitness trainers use to train elite athletes to assist singers in developing their instrument to perform at peak performance.

The book will be a guide on learning how the vocal instrument functions, offering descriptions of the fundamental components of vocal anatomy – laryngeal function, articulation and resonance – explaining their movements, their interaction with one another, and their integration with the anatomy of breathing and alignment. You can learn more about the book and Kickstarter campaign online.
 
David Adam Moore in the 2014 Barihunks Calendar

Moore has been a regularly featured singer on Barihunks and appeared in our 2012 and 2014 Barihunks Charity Calendars. He was also recently featured in The New Yorker, which included a picture by noted photographer Andres Serrano. Check it out here.

We have featured him in a number of classic, sexy baritone roles, including Joseph de Rocher in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, Stanley Kowalksi in Andre Previn's Streetcar Named Desire and his famous portrayal David T. Little's Soldier Songs.

Moore will next appear in the world premiere of David T. Little's electroacoustic song cycle Book of Dreams: Chapter Sand at the National Sawdust on December 17th. Tickets and additional information is online

2018 Barihunks Calendar
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Nine baritones to perform Schubert's Winterreise in one night!!!

Joa Helgesson, Reuben Walker and Seth Carico
Advent is being celebrated in Berlin this year with 24 singers performing Schubert's Winterreise, with each performing a different song. Tenors, mezzo-sopranos and sopranos will all be represented, as well as 9 amazing baritones. They include 2018 Barihunks Calendar model Joa Helgesson, along with Julian Arsenault, Reuben Walker, Julien Ségol, Stephen Bronk, Seth Carico, Allen Boxer, Markus Brück and Jason Steigerwalt.

The performance is on December 17th at Puccini's Toaster in Berlin and tickets are available online.

Here is the entire song cycle with performers.

Gute Nacht - Joa Helgesson
Die Wetterfahne - Katrin Le Provost
Gefrorene Tränen - Julien Ségol
Erstarrung - Julie Wyma
Der Lindenbaum - Rachel Fenlon
Wasserflut - Tyler Clarke
Auf dem Flusse - Ziad Nehme
Rückblick - Vera-Lotte Böcker
Irrlicht - Sarah Ring
Rast - Davia Bouley
Frühlingstraum - Julian Arsenault
Einsamkeit - Laura Atkinson
Die Post - Reuben Walker
Der greise Kopf - Stephen Bronk
Die Krähe - Sylvia Klein-Bronk
Letzte Hoffnung - Marie-Audrey Schatz
Im Dorfe - Seth Carico
Der stürmische Morgen - Robert Watson
Täuschung - Caitlin Redding
Der Wegweiser - Allen Boxer
Das Wirtshaus - Markus Brück
Mut! - Sally Drutman
Die Nebensonnen - Mary Osborne
Der Leiermann - Jason Steigerwalt


Joa Helgesson and Derek Chester from 2018 Barihunks Calendar/Photo Book
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Introducing Portuguese barihunk André Baleiro

André Baleiro in The Rape of Lucretia
Our post on Edward Laurenson performing in The Rape of Lucretia prompted a reader to point out that Benjamin Britten's opera is also being performed in Lisbon with a singer who is new to us, André Baleiro. He'll be performing Tarquinius on December 5 and 10 at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlo.

He'll be joined by Christian Luján as Junius, Luís Rodrigues as Collatinus and Maria Luísa de Freitas in the title role.

André Baleiro began his musical and vocal studies at the age ten in Lisbon, Portugal. He completed his Bachelor in Choral Conducting at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa before heading to Berlin to  study Voice at the University of the Arts in Berlin.

André Baleiro performs the Das Lied International Song Competition: 

He is a frequent collaborator with the Kammeroper München, where made his debut as Figaro in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Some of his operatic experience includes Don Parmenione in Rossini's L’occasione fa il ladro at Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas, Conte Belfiore  in Sarti's Fra due litiganti il terzo gode, and the Captain in Bohuslav Martinů's Les trois Souhaits at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

In 2012 he was awarded a scholarship by the Walter & Charlotte Hamel Foundation in Hamburg, and was sponsored by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon from 2012-2015.

He can next be seen in recital at the Museu Francisco Tavares Proença Jr. on December 13th. He'll be performing music by Joly Braga Santos, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Ruy Coelho, Caio Facó, Fernando Lopes-Graça, Luiz de Freitas Branco, Armando José Fernandes and Cláudio Carnevro. Tickets are available online.


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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Edward Laurenson to sing Tarquinius in San Francisco

Edward Laurenson
The last we featured New Zealand barihunk Edward Laurenson three years ago, he was off to London to commence his Masters in Music studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has now landed across the globe in California, where he's studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has now studied on three continents in three years!

On December 8th and December 10th, he'll be performing Tarquinius in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at the Conservatory. He'll be joined by fellow barihunk Jorge Ruvalcaba as Junius, Brandon Bell as Collatinus, Molly Boggess as Lucretia, Esther Tonea as the Female Chorus, Ricky Garcia as the Male Chorus, Jessie Barnett as Bianca, and Meagan Rao as Lucia. [Click on the dates for tickets].

The fully-staged production is part of the Conservatory's thematic programming surrounding the institution's centennial celebrations for the 2017-18 season, which is comprised of 20th- and 21st-century repertoire.

Jorge Ruvalcaba (left and center), Edward Laurenson and Brandon Bell
Laurenson was an Emerging Artist with The Dame Malvina Major Foundation, as well as Vocal National Young Performer of the Year at Performing Arts Competitions Association of New Zealand, won the Lieder prize at the New Zealand Aria competition, won the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Award, the Australian Opera Awards Committee’s Sheila Prior Memorial Prize, the Phoebe Patrick Award and the David Harper Award.

Mexican baritone Jorge Ruvalcaba is new to this site. He was the winner of the Coppel Prize VIII in the  Concurso Internacional de Canto Sinaloa in 2016, the Edgar Mason Kneedler Memorial Prize Opera San Miguel 2015, won special prizes for best interpretation of Mozart and for the best interpretation of aria at the XIX Maritza Alemán Singing Contest. He has performed Marcello at Opera de Oazaca, the title role of Don Giovanni a the Escuela Superior de Música and Papageno at the Teatro Alameda.



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