I will be participating in a concert performance of Béla Bartók’s only opera, Bluebeard’s Castle (A kékszakállú herceg vára) on Wednesday evening, December 11, at 8:30 p.m. at the National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY, with Renée Rapier, mezzo-soprano, and Andrew Potter, bass. I am by no means suggesting a performance with piano instead of orchestra is the ideal way to hear this magnificent work, but it is, to my mind, not performed nearly as often as it should be, and with these excellent singers, it promises to be a worthwhile evening. The opera will be sung in Hungarian.
On July 13 at 7:00 p.m., I have the honor of participating in a concert in honor of the memory of Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival in Virginia. I will be performing with two outstanding string players – violinist Eric Silberger and cellist Daniel Lelchuk – as well as participants of the recent sessions of the Lorin Maazel Castleton Institute in New York. It promises to be quite a special evening.
For more information, visit the Castleton Festival’s website.
After a substantial hiatus, the New York International Opera Project (NYIOP) has once again engaged me to play for their European auditions. The first set will take place in the Theater Erfurt (Erfurt, Germany) from June 17-19, followed by Kraków, Poland, from July 1-3, at the Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie. Both sessions will entail playing for over 100 singers from all over the world, making the journey in order to sing for twenty or so representatives of opera theaters from the United States and Europe, and I will be the only pianist playing for all of them. I don’t think it’s overstating things to say that this confirms my status as one of the leading opera audition pianists in the world, and I am looking forward to some intensive music-making.