Release date: 3/17/2022
Cast Update: Elisa Sunshine Joins April 27 Recital
Schwabacher Recital Series April 2022 update.pdf Photos
The new season of the Schwabacher Recital Series, presented by San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program, continues on Wednesday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 27 at San Francisco’s Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater. Featuring recent and current San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows and Merola Opera Program alumni, the programs showcase emerging young artists from around the globe in the intimacy of a recital setting,
Originally scheduled to participate in the series on April 27, soprano Esther Tonea has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition and will therefore be unable to perform in this recital. Third-year Adler Fellow and 2019 Merola participant, soprano Elisa Sunshine will join the April 27 program.
APRIL 6, TAUBE ATRIUM THEATER
ASHLEY DIXON AND KSENIIA POLSTIANKINA BARRAD
The next recital in the series, on April 6, features American mezzo-soprano Ashley Dixon, a 2018–19 Adler Fellow and 2015/2017 Merola Opera Program participant. Dixon mader her San Francisco 2018 debut in Jake Heggie’s It’s A Wonderful Life and has appeared in the Company’s productions of Carmen, Rusalka, Manon Lescaut and Hansel and Gretel.
Her performance at the 2019 The Future Is Now concert earned rave reviews, with the San Francisco Chronicle observing: “She’s got a robust instrument full of beguiling vocal colors … as well as the formidable technical command to unleash streams of glittering coloratura with precision and panache.”
Dixon made her Los Angeles Opera debut in 2020 as Sara in Roberto Devereux and recently portrayed Carmen in Hawaii Opera Theatre’s production of The Tragedy of Carmen. Her future engagements include Annino in La Clemenza di Tito at the Ravinia Festival and Adalgisa in Norma with Festival Opera.
Joining Dixon on stage is Ukrainian pianist and collaborator Kseniia Polstiankina Barrad, who recently finished her third year as an Adler Fellow. She was a 2018 participant of the Merola Opera Program. As an Adler Fellow, Barrad was part of the music staff for Carmen, Manon Lescaut, Fidelio and Così fan tutte. This season she joins the music staff of both San Francisco Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.
Dixon and Barrad will perform an array of works, with particular emphasis on the French and Spanish repertoire. Featured composers include Joaquín Turina, Claude Debussy, Reynaldo Hahn, Manuel de Falla and Carlos Guastavino.
APRIL 27, TAUBE ATRIUM THEATER
ELISA SUNSHINE, TIMOTHY MURRAY, STEFAN EGERSTROM AND ANDREW KING
On April 27, the third recital in the 2022 Schwabacher Recital Series, the concert will showcase four 2019 Merola Opera Program participants and current San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows soprano Elisa Sunshine, baritone Timothy Murray, bass Stefan Egerstrom and pianist Andrew King performing works by Jean Sibelius, Libby Larsen, Jonathan Dove, Cyril Scott, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Celebrated for her “blend of vocal sparkle and theatrical charisma” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Elisa Sunshine recently made her San Francisco Opera debut as the Shepherd Boy in Tosca and her house debut with Pensacola Opera as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte.
Heralded for his “firm, flexible baritone” (New York Times) and “swaggering, rakish” stage presence (Opera News), Timothy Murray bowed with the Company for the first time this past fall, portraying Sciarrone in Tosca. As a participant in the 2019 Merola Opera Program, he created the role of Paul in Heggie’s If I Were You.
Third-year Adler Fellow Stefan Egerstrom made his San Francisco Opera debut as the jailer in Tosca and appeared in the Company’s new production of Fidelio as the second prisoner. With Queen City Opera, he performed Hunding in Die Walküre and King René in Iolanta.
Pianist Andrew King studied under Warren Jones at the Manhattan School of Music. As a pianist/coach with the Merola Opera Program, he helped prepare the world premiere of If I Were You under the baton of Nicole Paiement.
JULY 28, SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC CONCERT HALL
SIDNEY OUTLAW AND WARREN JONES
The final Schwabacher recital, on July 28, shines a spotlight on the artistry of baritone Sidney Outlaw and esteemed pianist Warren Jones. The program will focus on their latest collaboration, a new album that pays homage to 20th-century American song entitled Lament, featuring works by Ricky Ian Gordon, Robert Owens, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Harry T. Burleigh and the text of Langston Hughes.
*For the complete press release, please view the attached PDF.