Venue: American Cathedral in Paris
ATTENTION: Ce concert est reporté à une date ultérieure.
NB: This concert will be held at a later date.
Justin Vickers, tenor and R Kent Cook, piano present works by Britten, and Earnest, Matthews ( program details )
JUSTIN VICKERS, American lyric tenor, made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of twenty-five with Opera Orchestra of New York in the American première of Donizetti’s Adelia. He has returned to the venue as a principle artist in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, Handel’s Messiah and Bruckner’s Te Deum, and notably alongside Renée Fleming in Lucrezia Borgia, an opera Vickers also performed with Opera Boston and was again assigned for the Washington National Opera production with Fleming under the baton of Plácido Domingo. In addition to repeat solo performances at venues ranging from Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls at Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the 92nd Street Y, The Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, and San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House, he has bowed at Moscow’s International House of Music, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, Shenyang’s Grand Theatre, Albania’s National Opera House, and Vienna’s Stephansdom. With more than seventy-five standard leading tenor operatic and oratorio/concert roles, Vickers has also sung the world premières of operas by Daniel Catán, Seymour Barab, Alexander Zhurbin, Jerrold Morgulas, William Banfield, and Francis Thorne. The tenor can be heard on his first solo disc, Caledonian Scenes: Songs of Judith Weir, Benjamin Britten, and Hamish MacCunn (Albany Records, 2020) singing the world premiere of MacCunn’s Cycle of Six Love-Lyrics (1899), Full Fathom Five (Navona Records, 2015), singing the first recording of Michael Tippett’s harpsichord version of the Songs for Ariel, in addition to The Fair Ophelia (Navona, 2013) and Shakespeare’s Memory (Navona, 2013); Vickers recorded the title role in Francis Thorne’s Mario and the Magician (Albany, 2006). Recent and upcoming seasons feature the tenor in premières and future Albany Records recordings of Britten and multiple newly-commissioned song cycles by American and British composers Timothy Bowlby, John David Earnest, Martha Horst, Colin Matthews, Roy Magnuson, Jerrold Morgulas, Carl Schimmel, Thomas Schuttenhelm, Tony Solitro, and Zachary Wadsworth. As a frequent interpreter of Britten’s music, Vickers has performed the orchestral song cycles, the Burns, Donne, Hardy, Hölderlin, Michelangelo, and Pushkin cycles, in addition to the Canticles and the War Requiem. Vickers is currently writing his first opera libretto on the subject of British MP Jeremy Thorpe for American composer Tony Solitro. Dr. Vickers is Associate Professor of Voice at Illinois State University in the United States, and is currently a US Fulbright Scholar to United Kingdom.
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op. 22 (1940) — Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Songs of Hadrian (2013) — John David Earnest (b. 1940)
(Poetry by Arch Brown; I have performed the US world première and British première; this would be the French première),
“Six Chinese Songs”* — Colin Matthews CBE (b. 1946) *(Title TBD — world première cycle),
The Poet’s Echo, Op. 76 (1965) — Benjamin Britten
(Alexander Pushkin; sung in Peter Pears’s English-language translation),