Monday, February 10, 2020

BARE OPERA COMPANY

 

Meryl Dominguez, soprano

Briana Hunter, mezzo-soprano

Sungwook Kim, tenor 

Paul An, bass

Dina Pruzhansky, piano

 

Narration: Dina Pruzhansky & Briana Hunter

 

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PROGRAM

 

M. Glinka   

‘I Recall a Wonderful Moment’

 

P. Tchaikovsky    

From ‘Eugene Onegin’

Olga’s Arioso

Lensky’s Aria

 

S. Rachmaninoff

‘Sleep’ op. 38 no.5

‘Dream’ op. 8 no. 5

‘Spring Waters’ op. 14 no. 11

Aleko’s Cavatina from ‘Aleko’ 

 

Reading from various memoirs on Pushkin

 

P. Tchaikovsky

Nocturne in c sharp minor, op. 19 No. 4

Ioanna’s Aria from ‘The Maid of Orléans’

 

N. Rimsky-Korsakov

Aria of Queen of Shemakha from ‘The Golden Cockerel’ 

 

D. Pruzhansky

Homage to Russian Romance: 4 miniatures after poetry by Alexander Blok

 

‘Her Songs’

‘The Red Moon in the White Night’

‘We Were Together’

‘You are Always Strangely Charming Gazes’ 

 

A. Dubuque

‘Don’t Be Cunning’

 

 

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

 

SungWook Kim, a native of South Korea, was recently seen as Fernando in Goyescas with Bare Opera in New York as well as Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with Regina Opera in Brooklyn. He has participated as a Young Artist at the Caramoor Festival as well as the Seoul Metropolitan Opera. Favorite past roles include Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Lechmere in Owen Wingrave with the Thornton Opera at the University of Southern California; the Conte di Liebenskof in Il Viaggio a Reims and Dorvil in La Scala di Seta with Mannes Opera; and Alfredo in La Traviata, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, and Ernesto in Don Pasquale with the Seoul Metropolitan Opera. SungWook holds a professional studies diploma from Mannes College at the New School for Music and holds a graduate certificate from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, as well as a bachelor’s degree in vocal arts and a master’s degree from Seoul National University.

 

Meryl Dominguez, praised for her “intensity and warm tone” (Bachtrack), is a recent graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. As a soprano with “gorgeous, crystalline highs and a powerful mid-range” (Arts Knoxville) she has performed roles such as Violetta (La Traviata), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) and Adina (L'elisir d'amore). This past year she made her professional debut with Knoxville Opera as the title character in Lucia di Lammermoor to much acclaim. She has also spent time as an apprentice artist at Santa Fe Opera, where she sang the role of Naiade (Ariadne auf Naxos). Included with her passion for operatic performance is an enthusiasm for art song and new music. She now lives in Brooklyn, where she grew up, and enjoys wine, dancing, and spending time with her husband and rescue dog.

 

 

A true basso whose voice has been described by The Examiner as "a deep, warm sound", Paul An enjoys a versatile career as an operatic and concert soloist and chamber musician.  From school gyms, to Carnegie Hall, as well as hundreds of venues in between, Paul An has enjoyed singing in four continents, and forty-nine states. Paul has performed over seventy operatic and oratorio roles.  Highlights from recent and upcoming seasons include solo performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Nashville Opera, PROTOTYPE Festival, BARE opera, Loft Opera, Tulsa Symphony, Prototype Festival, and LA Opera in such works as Meredith Monk's opera Atlas, BeethovenMissa Solemnis, La Boheme, Mozart Requiem, and Haydn Creation.  His collaborations have yielded critical acclaim, including the Best Opera Productions of the Decade list by The Observer.  In demand as an interpreter and creator of new works, he regularly collaborates with composers and theater creators such as Kamala Sankaram, Julian Wachner, Beth Morrison, Yuval Sharon, Meredith Monk, and Ellen Reid in mediums such as opera, chamber music, film, and genre-bending theater pieces.   

 

Briana Hunter has been hailed by Opera News as “a mesmerizing mezzo-soprano with a fiery theatrical presence and dynamic vocalism.” Ms. Hunter begins her 2019-2020 season in performances of Augusta Read Thomas’ Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun with the Santa Fe Opera. Following her acclaimed performances creating the role of Mother in Jeanine Tesori’s Blue at the Glimmerglass Festival, she reprises the role this spring for her debut at the Washington National Opera. A graduate of the Gerdine Young Artist Program, she returns to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in May for her role debut as Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus. Ms. Hunter recently debuted under the auspices of New York City Opera and American Opera Projects as Hannah Before in Laura Kaminsky’s As One at the Kaufman Music Center in New York. Additional recent performances include creating the role of Dee Dee Reyes in Hillard and Boresi’s The Last American Hammer with UrbanArias in Washington, D.C.; Annie and Strawberry Woman in Porgy and Bess at the Glimmerglass Festival; and Giovanna in Rigoletto and Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 at Michigan Opera Theatre, for which she won the Encore Michigan award for Best Performance in an Opera. At the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, she performed the role of Flora in La Traviata for Patricia Racette’s directorial debut, as well as Pvt. Stanton in the world premiere of An American Soldier. She made her Lincoln Center Theater debut for a workshop of Intimate Apparel by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage, directed by Bartlett Sher, and returned for a gala performance of Camelot starring Lin-Manuel Miranda.

 

Dina Pruzhansky is a NYC based award-winning composer, pianist, and educator. Born in the former USSR and Israeli-raised, Ms. Pruzhansky enjoys a diverse international career in a variety of genres, ranging from classical concert music to musical theater and from liturgy to cabaret. Her work has been featured at many of New York's renowned music venues, such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, The Bargemusic, Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, YIVO, Opera America Center, as well as numerous international arenas. Her music has been broadcast on media including WQXR in an exclusive ‘Young Artist’ program with the renowned host Robert Sherman. Following the successful premiere of her opera SHULAMIT in 2014, additional productions were enabled by popular demand in 2016. The opera was also presented in part at the Aspen Music Festival 2019. An alumna of the BMI Advanced Musical Theater Workshop, Ms.Pruzhansky was nominated for the 2009 Fred Ebb Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre writing, and was selected as finalist for the 2019 NYMT festival with her musical for children Central Park. A passionate educator, Ms. Pruzhansky is the author of I Can Play Chopin series—a collection of easy piano arrangements. Ms. Pruzhansky holds a postgraduate degree from the Mannes College The New School for Music in collaborative piano. Her MA in solo piano performance, summa cum laude, is from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University, where she studied with the pupil of H. Neuhaus, Prof. Victor Derevianko. She also holds a BA degree in Art History. Dina Pruzhansky’s Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium debut will take place on March 3rd.

 

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