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Verdi’s Requiem to include two Metropolitan Opera Stars

Thursday Apr 27, 2017 • Press Release

CONTACT: Jane Cody 509-464-7074

SPOKANE— The Spokane Symphony, under the baton of Music Director Eckart Preu, will end the 2016-17 Classics Season with one of the great works of Western music, Verdi’s Requiem, on Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music is also on the program. The concert features performances by two Metropolitan Opera stars: Elizabeth Caballero, soprano and Adam Diegel, tenor. Mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz and baritone Mark Walters complete the vocal quartet. In addition, three choirs will bring power to the choral parts: the Spokane Symphony Chorale, the Eastern Washington University Symphonic Choir, both directed by Kristina Ploeger, and the Gonzaga University Chamber Chorus, directed by Timothy Westerhaus.

Both performances include a talk one hour before curtain time that is free to all ticket holders. 

The concert features vocal performances by a pair of soloists who starred various Metropolitan Opera productions. Elizabeth Caballero’s has performed in her signature role, Violetta in La traviata, in opera houses across the country. She has performed starring roles for the Metropolitan Opera, including Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème and in their new production of Carmen as part of The Met: Live in HD series. Visit Caballero’s website  

Adam Diegel, tenor, has established international notoriety for an impassioned dramatic sense, powerful voice, and for his classic leading looks in the lyric tenor repertoire. Adam Diegel’s Metropolitan Opera debut came in 2010 as Froh in the Robert Lepage new production of Das Rheingold conducted by James Levine, a role he repeated for the Met under the direction of Fabio Luisi. Other Metropolitan Opera roles have included Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly conducted by Plácido Domingo and Ismaele in Nabucco led by Paolo Carignani. Visit Diegel’s website  

Cabellero and Diegel will perform in Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, a mammoth work for four soloists, double choir and orchestra, has been called the greatest “opera” that Verdi ever wrote. He had built his career creating operas that portrayed characters and plotlines through the very nature of his music. Now he applied the same techniques to the Requiem text, setting them to soaring melodies and exciting orchestration, imbuing the sacred text with an extraordinary dramatic and emotional intensity. The result has become an icon of Western Music.

The program begins with another great choral work, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Serenade to Music,” that premiered at a concert honoring British composer Robert Wood. Vaughn Williams drew his text from a tender love scene in Act 5 of The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, an icon of English literature. The beautiful lines have come to be called the “Serenade to Music,” and Vaughan Williams appropriately named his musical counterpart the same. Originally, it was scored for 16 singers with lush orchestral accompaniment, but a later arrangement is for chorus and orchestra. Rachmaninoff, who performed earlier in at the concert, wept at its sheer beauty. Concert details

About the Additional Guest Soloists

Teresa Buchholz, mezzo-soprano, is an accomplished artist, known for her colorful, clear voice and thoughtful interpretation in both oratorio and opera. She’s been heard recently as a soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Lincoln Center with the National Chorale (NYC), at the Bard Music Festival on a program of verismo opera arias, as well as Vivaldi’s Gloria with The Stamford Symphony with Eckart Preu conducting. View Buchholz’s website  

Mark Walters, baritone has made a name for himself as one of the great American Verdi baritones, earning critical acclaim for his performances throughout the United States in Rigoletto, La traviata, Un ballo in maschera and Il trovatore. He appeared in the Spokane Symphony’s 2015 production of La bohème. Recently, he gave the world première performance as Mark Torrance in The Shining, Paul Moravec’s opera based on the Stephen King novel.  Walters was named the Olson Artist for the 2011-2012 season, an honor is given to one outstanding American artist each season. Read Walter’s biography  

Ticket Information:

Tickets are available with personalized service in advance at the Box Office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague, or by calling 509-624-1200. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.spokanesymphony.org. Tickets are also available at all TicketsWest outlets or by calling 1-800-325-SEAT.

This concert is sponsored by Billie Severtsen.

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