April 13, 2017

Baritone Zachary Gordin Presents Works by Reynaldo Hahn  

Known primarily for their work on opera and concert stages across the US and abroad, acclaimed baritone Zachary Gordin and pianist/conductor Bryan Nies join forces on April 27 to present an intimate recital of vocal music highlighting the works of Venezuelan/French composer Reynaldo Hahn. Tickets are $8 and free to SSU students.

Gordin, who teaches voice at Sonoma State, will sing Hahn’s Chansons Grises along with other favorites, À Chloris, Dans la unit, Trois jours de vendange, Néère, and also Ralph Vaughan Williams’ song cycle The House of Life. Gordin and Nies will be releasing the Hahn songs on a CD under the MSR Classics label.

Baritone Zachary Gordin is redefining what it means to be an opera star in the 21st century. Praised for his “arresting musical insights” and a voice that is “commanding and intense without ever descending into coarseness (The Seattle Times), Gordin’s powerful voice and wide repertoire makes him an in-demand performer at opera houses and concert halls around the globe. In 2016, Gordin reprised his performance of Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at Shreveport Opera, a role that won him critical acclaim when he premiered it at Dayton Opera in 2015.

 

Bryan Nies is the assistant conductor of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, lecturer at Stanford University, former principal conductor of Festival Opera, and continues to conduct symphonic concerts and modern opera, such as the West Coast premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s transgender opera, As One. A native of Chicago, IL, Nies holds a B.M. in Piano Performance and a B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center is located 2 miles east of Highway 101 on Rohnert Park Expressway.

 

Faculty Recital
Zachary Gordin in Concert
Thursday, April 27, 7:30 PM
Schroeder Hall

Program

The House of Life
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Poetry of Dante Gabriel Rosetti (1828-1882)

            1. Love-sight
            2. Silent Noon
            3. Love’s Minstrels
            4. Heart’s Haven
            5. Death-in-Love
            6. Love’s Last Gift

Songs of Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947)

Rêverie (1888) text by Victor Hugo
L’Incrédule (1893) text by Paul Verlaine
Nocturne (1893) text by Jean Lahor
Dans la nuit (1904) text by Jean Moréas
La Chère blessure (1900) text by Augustine-Malvina Blanchecotte

Love Without Wings (1899) text by Mary Robinson
            Ah! Could I Clasp Thee in Thine Arms
            The Fallen Oak
            I Know You Love Me Not

Trois jours de vendange (1891) text by Alphonse Daudet
L’heure exquise (1889) text by Paul Verlaine
L’Énamourée (1891) text by Théodore de Banville 
À Chloris (1913) text by Théophile de Viau
Fêtes galantes (1892) text by Paul Verlaine

Tickets

 

 

ZACHARY GORDIN

Baritone Zachary Gordin is redefining what it means to be an opera star in the 21st century. Praised for his “arresting musical insights” and a voice that is “commanding and intense without ever descending into coarseness (The Seattle Times), Gordin’s powerful voice and wide repertoire makes him an in-demand performer at opera houses and concert halls around the globe. In 2016, Gordin reprised his performance of Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at Shreveport Opera, a role that won him critical acclaim when he premiered it at Dayton Opera in 2015. Reviewers praised his “vocal power” as well as his demonstrative portrayal of the “enigmatic character” (The Oakwood Register). Other recent engagements include a recital with Fremont Symphony, Orff's Carmina Burana with the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra and for Chora Nova’s 10th Anniversary Gala, covering the role of Manfred in the World Premiere of Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness for Music of Remembrance in Seattle and San Francisco, “A Taste of Opera” for Bear Valley Music Festival, Handel’s Messiah with Bakersfield Master Chorale and Orchestra, “Joyeux Noel” a recital of French music for Music in the Mountains, and “Mozart at the Opera” with the YOSA Philharmonic in San Antonio.

Upcoming is the release of a disc of the songs of Reynaldo Hahn with Pianist Bryan Nies on the MSR Classics label, and Escamillo in Carmen at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

In previous seasons, Gordin’s performance highlights include Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with Visalia Opera Company, Escamillo in Carmen with Diablo Symphony and San Francisco Lyric Opera, Silvio in Pagliacci with Sacramento Opera, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas with West Bay Opera, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with North Bay Opera, and Germont in La Traviata with Center Stage Opera and West Bay Opera. A regular on the concert and recital stage, celebrated for his “depth and passion” (Piedmont Post), Gordin’s recent engagements include performances with San Francisco Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Los Angeles Opera League, Sacramento Philharmonic, YOSA Philharmonic, Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, Olympic Music Festival, Bakersfield Symphony, and many others. Some of his notable concert repertoire includes Monteverdi’s Magnificat, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Handel’s Messiah. However, Orff’s Carmina Burana has quickly become a signature piece for Gordin, who has performed the work numerous times to great praise. Maestro Michael Morgan of the Oakland Symphony wrote that Gordin is “the ideal baritone for Carmina Burana… the best singing of the high, sensual music that I have ever heard. This is as good a rendering of those solos as one is ever likely to encounter.”

Gordin’s celebrated vocal technique has won him numerous awards, including the Ibla Grand Prize Baroque Music Competition, Bellini International Voice Competition, Pacific Musical Society Competition, and the East Bay Opera League Competition, among others. He was a finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Pacific Region. During his early childhood, he was inspired by his great-grandfather, an organist, and began training as a pianist at a young age. His passion for education makes him an effective, results-driven voice trainer. He serves on the voice faculty of Sonoma State University and Santa Clara University, operates a private vocal studio in the San Francisco Bay Area, serves as a judge for regional and national voice competitions, and frequently gives master classes at some of the country’s most renowned opera companies and schools. Gordin is also widely recognized as the face of Barihunks, which celebrates physically fit and vocally-talented operatic baritones from around the globe.   

 

BRYAN NIES

Bryan Nies is the assistant conductor of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, lecturer at Stanford University, former principal conductor of Festival Opera, and continues to conduct “cutting-edge” modern opera and symphonic concerts. With West Edge Opera, he conducted Laura Kaminsky’s transgender opera As One (West Coast Premiere), and has conducted Erling Wold’s last three operas, Queer, Certitude and Joy (World Premiere), and Uksus. In 2012, he completed an eight year tenure as principal conductor of Oakland Youth Orchestra, which he led on international tours including Costa Rica and Australia and New Zealand during the orchestra's 40th season. With "superb musical direction," Bryan conducted sold-out performances of Puccini's Turandot, Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella, and Bizet's Carmen at Festival Opera to rave reviews that stated, "Nies is undeniably a talent to watch." In addition, he has been a cover conductor for the St. Louis Symphony, conducted performances with Opera Idaho (Cosi fan Tutte and Barber of Seville), and the Oakland Chamber Ensemble. With Eugene Onegin, Bryan made his Opera San Jose debut as principal conductor, after serving as assistant conductor for 12 company productions between 2003 and 2012: Don Pasquale, Die Zauberflöte, The Crucible, Un ballo in maschera, Manon, La Rondine, Werther, Barber of Seville, Die Fledermaus, La voix humaine, Pagliacci, and the west coast premiere of Anna Karenina, becoming the second conductor to perform the work. In 2016, he returned to Festival Opera to conduct performances of Mozart’s Die Entführung in a “Star Trek” production and will conduct Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins in June 2017.

Pursuing an avid interest in all musical genres, Mr. Nies has also been an associate music director with American Musical Theater of San Jose, Theatreworks in Palo Alto, and was on the faculty at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and San Jose State University where he was director of orchestras and opera.

During the summer of 2002, Mr. Nies was honored with a Leonard Bernstein Fellowship to participate as a conductor at the Tanglewood Music Center. There he conducted performances to rave reviews in the Boston Globe. In addition, he received personal instruction with many leading conductors, including, Michael Morgan, Roberto Abbado, Jeffery Tate, Hans Vonk, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, and Grant Llewellyn.

A native of Chicago, IL, Mr. Nies also holds a B.M. in Piano Performance and a B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He has won numerous piano competitions in the Chicago area including a Gramma Fisher Scholarship to study at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. In addition, he has performed with William Warfield for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, as their assistant conductor. Mr. Nies also served on the staff of Northwestern University's Theater Department as vocal coach and piano accompanist.

 

 

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