The Messiah returns for its eighth year at Blackhawk Church on Madison's west side. We welcome the return of last year's outstanding vocal quartet who knock our socks off, and the combined WCO Chorus and Festival Choir of Madison under directors Scott Foss and Sergei Pavlov. This seminal holiday tradition of Handel's masterpiece is a must for everyone.
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ABOUT SARAH LAWRENCE
Sarah Lawrence was recently seen as Marian in The Music Man with Colorado Symphony, Rosina in The Barber of Seville with Lyric Opera of the North, and Julie Jordan (Carousel) and Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Minnesota Orchestra.
Ms. Lawrence has performed the role of Violetta in La Traviata, Gretel in Hansel & Gretel, Frasquita and Micaela in Carmen, and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, as well as the title role in Handel’s Semele and as Pamina in The Magic Flute. She has appeared with Madison Opera, Skylark Opera, Light Opera Oklahoma, Opera Omaha and The Guthrie Theater, as well as Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Madison Symphony, and the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. A huge fan of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operettas, Sarah has appeared as Rose Maybud in Ruddigore, Angelina in Trial by Jury, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. Musical theatre roles include Eliza Doolitte in My Fair Lady, Lily in The Secret Garden, Ivey Smith in On the Town, and Eileen in Wonderful Town. Ms. Lawrence appeared as Christine Daaé as a member of the Third National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera and in Phantom: The Vegas Spectacular.
Upcoming engagements include concerts with Idaho State Civic Symphony and Oshkosh Symphony, and a reprisal of the role of Missy/Crème Brulée in the revised version of Les Uncomfortables. For more information about Sarah Lawrence or her CD, Sweet Hello, please visit sarahelawrence.com.
ABOUT JAMIE VAN EYCK
Hailed by Opera News for performances that are “luminescent” and “touching,” mezzo-soprano JAMIE VAN EYCK appeals to audiences and critics alike as a compelling artist in opera and concert. Recent career highlights include a New York City solo recital debut and new recordings for Albany, Centaur, and Bridge Records of New York. She is a soloist on the American Symphony Orchestra's recording of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and she sings a leading role on the Boston Symphony Orchestra's DVD release of Elliott Carter's opera, What Next. She has been featured in concert at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Ojai Festival, Bard Music Festival, Princeton Festival, and at Santa Fe Opera. Ms Van Eyck has sung two world premiere performances at Carnegie Hall, and has been a featured soloist with many of the nation's top orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, and Colorado Symphony. She has also been a guest artist at noteworthy international music festivals including Toronto's Luminato Festival, Moscow's Golden Mask Festival, and the Grahamstown and FynArts Festivals in South Africa. She is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Baylor University and a proud graduate of UW-Madison.
ABOUT CALLAND METTS
Calland Metts is enjoying a widely varied career. Metts has performed in such operas as Mozart’s Die Zauberflote & Le Nozze di Figaro, Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’amore, Verdi’s La Traviata, Bizet’s Carmen and Numerous Gilbert and Sullivan operettas with such opera companies as Opera Columbus, Cleveland Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Marin Opera, Chicago Opera theater and Greensboro Opera
Equally at home on the musical theater stage, Cal has recently performed the roles of Emile Debeque in South Pacific, and Man #1 in I love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Billy Bigelow in Carousel and Harold Higgins in My Fair Lady to name a few.
Metts has sung with the Symphonies of St. Louis, Milwaukee, Columbus, Madison, Madison Chamber Symphony, Rockford, Sheboygan, Cheyenne, Pensacola and Walla Walla in such works as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s B minor Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Orff’s Carmina Burana and numerous Pops concerts.
As a stage director, Cal’s recent work includes It’s a Wonderful Life and The Producers at the Duluth Playhouse and Gianni Schicchi and Cavalleria Rusticana for Lyric Opera of the North.
Cal and his wife are the Artistic Directors of Lyric Opera of the North. Recent productions include Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.
ABOUT PETER VAN DE GRAAFF
Hailed by the critics as possessing a “resplendent voice” and “rich, burnished sound” with “formidable skill” and a “commanding grace and strength,” bass-baritone Peter Van De Graaff has sung to great acclaim throughout the world.
In Europe, he recently returned from Salzburg where he was a featured soloist at the International Vocal Symposium. He has performed and recorded a Mass by Jan Vorisek with the Czech State Symphony under Paul Freeman and has also sung Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis throughout the Czech Republic and Poland with the Czech Philharmonic. He appeared in Berlin with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron. In Budapest, he sang with the Budapest Concert Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem and in Tel Aviv, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra joined him in a Mozart Mass.
As a recitalist he appeared in Tokyo. His singing has also taken him throughout the United States, where his appearances include engagements with the Houston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Utah Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Colorado Springs Symphony, Richmond Symphony and many, many others. Conductors with whom he has worked include Pierre Boulez, Christopher Wilkins, Paul Freeman, Bernard Labadie, Paul Hillier, Joseph Silverstein, Robert Page, Thomas Wikman, Jane Glover, Klaus-Peter Seibel, Victor Yampolsky, James Paul, Daniel Hege and Nicholas Kraemer, among many others.
Mr. Van De Graaff has made a specialty of the baroque repertoire and this has brought him as soloist to the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Costa Rica International Music Festival, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Pittsburgh Bach Choir, Grand Teton Music Festival, St. Louis Early Music Festival, Boulder Bach Festival and many other festivals and concert series throughout the country. He and his soprano wife have been responsible for the modern premieres of several early 18th century chamber operas called “intermezzi.”
He has also been active in the opera house and has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Opera, Rochester Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Cedar Rapids Opera and many other companies. Future engagements include performances in Colorado, New York, Tennessee, Mississippi, Chicago, Maryland, Hawaii and China. His recordings include 3 intermezzos on the Naxos label and Menotti’s The Medium, Vorisek Mass in B-Flat and Mozart arias and duets, all on the Cedille label.