Friday, December 2, 2016

Étienne Dupuis makes role debut as Orest in Paris Opera's Iphigénie en Tauride


Etienne Dupuis (Photo right © Guergana Damianova)
French Canadian barihunk Étienne Dupuis will open on December 2nd as Oreste in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride at the Palais Garnier. It will be his role debut. The production runs until Christmas Day and tickets are available online.

Director Krzysztof Warlikowski's production returns to the Paris Opera with Véronique Gens as Iphigénie, Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Pylade and Bertrand de Billy conducting.

Gluck's emotionally charged opera retells the Greek tragedy of Iphigénie, condemned to murder her own brother, Oreste, himself a murderer.

Gluck's 1779 opera took his operatic reform to its logical conclusion. The recitatives are shorter and they are récitatif accompagné (i.e. the strings and perhaps other instruments are playing, not just continuo accompaniment). The normal dance movements that one finds in the French tragédie en musique are almost entirely absent. The drama is ultimately based on the play Iphigenia in Tauris by the ancient Greek dramatist Euripides which deals with stories concerning the family of Agamemnon in the aftermath of the Trojan War.

A nude extra (left) & Etienne Dupuis and Veronique Gens
Upcoming performances for Dupuis include Albert in Massenet's Werther at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Pink in Another Brick in Bilodeau's The Wall at Opéra de Montréal and Jacques de Lusignan in Halévy's rarity La Reine de Chypre at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Introducing British Barihunk Jolyon Loy

British Barihunk Jolyon Loy
Jolyon Loy is a 26-year-old British baritone from Worcestershire, UK, who is new to this site.

Loy can be heard on December 3rd at the Austrian Cultural Forum with Dame Felicity Lott as part of London Song Festival's Lieder Masterclass & Schubert Society Song Prize. Lott will be coaching singers and the Schubert Society Song Prize will be awarded to the best duo at the end. Winners will receive £500 and the offer of engagements with the London Song Festival and the Schubert Society of Britain in 2017.  Second place will be awarded £250 and third place will receive £100. Additional information is available online.

On December 10th and 16th, Loy can be heard in two Russian concerts with Opera Coast called 'The Old Tales of Kitezh Grad', the first in Brighton the second in Pushkin House in London. Singers will perform arias based on Russian fairy tales and folklore from Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Rubinstein's The Demon. Tickets are available online.

Jolyon Loy sings Britten, Handel, Schumann & Strauss:


He began singing at the age of nine as a chorister at Worcester Cathedral, sang in numerous  Three Choirs Festivals, performed for Queen Elizabeth II in the year of her Golden Jubilee, regularly sang as a soloist at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall with Birmingham City Choir and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. At age 17, he joined the Worcester Cathedral Choir as a choral scholar and sang with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and in 2008 was awarded a Choral Scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford University.

He was educated at The King's School, Worcester and the University of Oxford and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2016.

In 2016, he joined the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus for Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, directed by David McVicar. He has also sung the role of Marquis d’Obigny in Verdi's La traviata for Opera Lyrica, Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute for Hampstead Garden Opera and excerpts from Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tiresias with Salon Opera.

At the Royal Academy of Music, he performed as Onegin in scenes from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Guglielmo in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, The Vicar in Britten's Albert Herring and Count Robinson in Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"Three Way" in Nashville with barihunks Wes Mason, Matt Treviño & hunkentenor Samuel Levine

Barihunks Wes Mason, Matt Treviño and hunkentenor Samuel Levine
Barihunks Wes Mason, Matt Treviño and hunkentenor Samuel Levine will be featured in the world premiere of Robert Paterson's new opera Three Way at the Nashville Opera. The opera explores Android lovers, dominatrix culture, and the final frontier: multiple partners.

The opera is a playful three-act performance that explores the future of love, sex, and need with a clever balance of humor and drama. Each aptly named act (The Companion, Safe Word, and Masquerade) introduces the audience to a collision of contemporary characters who meet at the intersection of power and desire to reveal the true longings of the human heart.

Three Way is a co-production with American Opera Projects and will debut in Nashville at the James K. Polk Theatre on January 27, with additional performances on January 28 and 29. Tickets and additional cast information is available online.

Make sure to check out Wes Mason's newly updated website.

You can also catch Matt Treviño on New Year's Eve with the Sante Fe Symphony in Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Tickets are available online.

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Barihunk Łukasz Karauda to perform Dvořák's Te Deum in Cardiff

Łukasz Karauda and Dvořák's Te Deum
Barihunk Łukasz Karauda, who we just introduced to readers back in October, will join the Côr Philharmonic Caerdydd and the Cardiff Philharmonic Choir in a holiday concert on Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30 PM. The program will feature Dvořák's Te Deum and a selection of holiday songs. He'll be joined by soprano Angharad Morgan.

Dvořák sketched the work out in less than a week and had completed it by the end of July 1892. It was not in fact performed at the Columbus celebrations for which it had been intended but received its first performance a fortnight later on October 21, 1892 at the New York Hall, with a choir of 250 singers conducted by Dvorak himself.  

The Te Deum is also known as Ambrosian Hymn or A Song of the Church, and is an early Christian hymn of praise. The title is taken from its opening Latin words, Te Deum laudamus, rendered as "Thee, O God, we praise". The hymn follows the outline of the Apostles' Creed, mixing a poetic vision of the heavenly liturgy with its declaration of faith.

Dvořák's Te Deum with the Vienna Philharmonic & Czech Philharmonic Choir:


Karauda graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is a recipient of a Bryn Terfel Foundation award. He was also tutored by fellow Polish barihunk Mariusz Kwiecien.

He won the first prize in the 5th Kurpinski Polish National Voice Competition in Wloszakowice, Poland and the ‘Most Promising Singer’ at the 2015 London Welsh ‘Young Welsh Singer of the Year’ competition.

At the Royal Welsh College of Music he sang the title role in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and the title role in their production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as Steward in Dove's Flight, Junius in The Rape of Lucretia, Dancaïre and Morales, Zuniga in Bizet's Carmen at the St Magnus Festival in Scotland.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mason Jarboe to feature Clint Borzoni songs in recital; Debuts Sweet's Sommerlieder

Mason Jarboe as Don Giovanni
Barihunk Mason Jarboe will perform his senior recital at the University of North Texas Recital Hall at 5PM on Friday, December 2nd.  Joined by accompanist Boeun Kim, the program features works by Barber, Bach, Chausson, Mahler, Rossini (featuring mezzo-soprano Madelaine Martinez), Massenet (featuring soprano Megan Gryga), Barber, and Clint Borzoni. Jarboe will also perform the world premiere of Sam Sweet's Sommerlieder, with texts by the baritone. 

Avid readers of the site, might recall that Jarboe has appeared twice on this site, once in a group photo of barihunks doing the "baritone claw" and again with a group of barihunks at Seagle Music Colony sporting Barihunk T-shirts. He was a young artist at Seagle in 2014 and 2015.

We've never properly introduced Jarboe, who is a senior vocal performance major at the University of North Texas. We first saw him when he was just 19 and making After making his professional debut at the Fort Worth Opera as the French Sentry in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer-winning opera Silent Night.  He recently sang the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni with Opera in the Ozarks, where he had previously performed Tonio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Michele in Puccini's Il Tabarro. In the 2015-2016 season, he was an education outreach young artist at The Dallas Opera, where he sang the role of Colas in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne

We asked Jarboe about some of the music on the program and what it meant to him. 

Of Samuel Barber's piece he commented, "The first song, Barber's St. Ita's Vision, was one of the few single pieces that I can trace back to really throwing me headlong into the vocal career track."

Randal Turner sings Clint Borzoni's "I Dream'd in a Dream":

This site has been a huge proponent of the American composer Clint Borzoni and helped fund a concert of American music featuring Randal Turner and the world premiere of two songs for String Quartet and Baritone performed by Marco Vassalli. 

We were thrilled to see that Jarboe was performing two of our favorite songs and here's what he had to say about them:
"The songs 'I Dreamed in a Dream' and 'That Shadow, my Likeness' are right up there with my favorite English language songs ever written. If I had time I would've thrown in 'Tired' from Vaughan Williams' Last Four Songs, but some other time. For me, those three songs in the final set of my recital paint such a poignant picture of the realization, really the epiphany, I had towards classical vocal music, and Clint's songs perfectly show the progress I have made within my own life; the thankfulness of the first piece in which I can recognize everyone who has so warmly embraced me on my journey towards true artistry as well as the sense of community I have felt; truly a 'city of friends,' and the second, the acceptance of myself. The understanding that every perfectly imperfect aspect of me comes together in such a funny and beautiful way to create a human, a man, an artist, that I am proud to present today, no matter how many high G's he has to put out in a recital (11, and four F#s) and no matter what anyone around him thinks. Thanks to such perfect settings of such perfect texts by Mr. Borzoni, I know that my art matters, that I matter as an artist, and, most importantly, that what I and my brilliant colleagues do as musicians has such an important role in so many people's everyday lives that I will never stop striving to show to them. I just adore his music, and I really can't wait to get to work on my next Borzoni project."
Composer S.K. Sweet's Sommerlieder is a 21st century take on the romantic German song cycle. Its texts, written by Jarboe in the Summer of 2014 at Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake, NY, are part of a larger collection titled "Texts you never got from me," a collection of actual text messages that he tried to send that were mostly not delivered due to the poor cell service.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

BARIHUNK CAST SWITCH: Barihunk James Newby replaces Jonathan McGovern as Mercurio

Barihunk James Newby (©Ben McKee Photography)
La Nuova Musica will be swapping barihunks in the role of Mercutio for their performance of Cavalli's La Calisto tonight at Wigmore Hall. James Newby will be filling in for Jonathan McGovern in a cast that also includes two of the sexiest countertenors in opera, Jake Arditti as Satirino and Tim Mead as Endomione. Bass-barihunk Edward Grint also appears as Silvano in a cast headed by early music specialist Lucy Crowe as Calisto. Tickets are available online.

Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto, first performed in Venice in 1651, blends comedy and tragedy with music of sensuous beauty and irresistible charm.  The opera’s libretto is based on the ancient Greek myth of the nymph Callisto as related by Ovid in his Metamorphoses.

At the age of 22, Newby was awarded Third Prize overall at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition in 2015 and won the Richard Tauber Prize for the  the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder. Previous winners of the prize include Jonathan Lemalu and Simon Keenlyside.

James Newby sings Finzi's "Come away, come away death":

In September, Newby performed on the last night of the BBC Proms in a concert that featured international operatic superstar Juan Diego Flórez.

In the summer of 2016, Newby joined the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and is currently  continuing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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BARIHUNK CAST SWITCH: Barihunk James Newby replaces Jonathan McGovern as Mercurio

Barihunk James Newby (©Ben McKee Photography)
La Nuova Musica will be swapping barihunks in the role of Mercutio for their performance of Cavalli's La Calisto tonight at Wigmore Hall. James Newby will be filling in for Jonathan McGovern in a cast that also includes two of the sexiest countertenors in opera, Jake Arditti as Satirino and Tim Mead as Endomione. Bass-barihunk Edward Grint also appears as Silvano in a cast headed by early music specialist Lucy Crowe as Calisto. Tickets are available online.

Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto, first performed in Venice in 1651, blends comedy and tragedy with music of sensuous beauty and irresistible charm.  The opera’s libretto is based on the ancient Greek myth of the nymph Callisto as related by Ovid in his Metamorphoses.

At the age of 22, Newby was awarded Third Prize overall at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition in 2015 and won the Richard Tauber Prize for the  the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder. Previous winners of the prize include Jonathan Lemalu and Simon Keenlyside.

James Newby sings Finzi's "Come away, come away death":

In September, Newby performed on the last night of the BBC Proms in a concert that featured international operatic superstar Juan Diego Flórez.

In the summer of 2016, Newby joined the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and is currently  continuing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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