MICHAEL SLATTERY has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, the French National Orchestra in Paris, the Akademie für Alte Musik in Berlin, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall.
Career highlights include the Tristan Project (Lincoln Center), the title roles in Candide (Royal Festival Hall) and L'Orfeo (Théâtre du Châtelet, Glimmerglass), and leading roles at the Berlin Staatsoper, Opéra de Lyon, and the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, among others.
Mr. Slattery debuted with the New York Philharmonic in the Britten Serenade, returning the following season for Handel's Messiah. Other notable appearances include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, and the Edinburgh and Spoleto Festivals.
Mr. Slattery's new English translation of Bach's St. John Passion (commissioned by MasterVoices) was performed in 2017 at Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Slattery's solo recordings include The Irish Heart and a collaboration with Montreal chamber ensemble LaNef entitled Dowland in Dublin, chosen by Opera News as a Best of the Year for 2012. Their next album, The People's Purcell, was released in January 2018.
The 2018-2019 season will include a collaboration with Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek at the Miller Theater in New York City and a return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.
Pianist DIMITRI DOVER has performed as recitalist and chamber musician in venues such as New York's Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Park Avenue Armory, as well as Zipper Hall (Los Angeles), Segerstrom Hall (Orange County), and throughout the United States, Canada, and Austria. Recent appearances in the New York area include Brooklyn Art Song Society, Chelsea Music Festival, Cutting Edge Concerts, Joy in Singing, Met Opera Rising Stars, and The Song Continues. Mr. Dover has performed in the composer's presence the works of Thomas Adès, Valerie Coleman, George Crumb, Herschel Garfein, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, John Musto, André Previn, Shulamit Ran, Kaija Saariaho, and Chris Theofanidis, among many others.
In 2016, Mr. Dover joined the music staff of The Metropolitan Opera, where he has served as assistant conductor for Saariaho's L'Amour de Loin and Adès's The Exterminating Angel, in which he also performed as piano soloist. He holds degrees from The Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, and Harvard University. He has also received summer fellowships from Tanglewood and Aspen, as well as Songfest at Colburn, where he returned as faculty coach in 2016. He is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program.
American soprano MARNIE BRECKENRIDGE is captivating international audiences with roles ranging from the Baroque and bel canto to modern opera, concerts and recordings. She has sung with the San Francisco Opera, the English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Prague State Opera, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Arizona Opera, Opera Parallèle, and other US and European houses. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia Music Festival, the Bard Music Festival, Teatro São Paulo, and National Sawdust, as well as with the San Francisco Symphony and Philharmonia Baroque.
As a favored interpreter of living composers' music, her in-depth portrayals and excellent musicianship have established her as a go-to performer of critically acclaimed new works with her "lovely soprano" voice (The New York Times), and "lyrical poignancy and dramatic power" (The Chicago Tribune). Recent favorite roles include Mother in Little's Dog Days, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Gilda in Rigoletto, La Princesse in Glass's Orphée, Sierva Maria in Peter Eötvös' Love And Other Demons, Emily in Ned Rorem's Our Town, Margarita Xirgu in Golijov's Ainadamar, the title role in Milhaud's Médée, and Cunegonde in Candide, deemed "simply terrific" (Opera Magazine UK) and "note perfect" (Prague Post). Breckenridge is a featured soloist on the 2012 New World Records' album of Victor Herbert songs, and can be heard on Dimitri Hvorostovsky's Heroes and Villains, (a Delos recording), Vocal Music of David Conte, Dog Days (Little) and countless other recordings by American composers. She trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in voice (MM) and at The American Conservatory Theatre in drama.
HERSCHEL GARFEIN is a two-time Grammy Award-winning composer, librettist and stage director. He is the composer/librettist of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, the first-ever operatic adaptation of a play by Tom Stoppard (excerpts: Fort Worth Opera Frontiers 2014; piano-vocal premiere: The Seagle Colony 2017). Of the Fort Worth performance, the Wall Street Journal wrote, "Garfein set the diamond-bright dialogue of the Tom Stoppard play with clarity and wit, heightening the comedy through skillful ensemble writing and characterization."
Recent work includes The Cyclone for soprano Marnie Breckenridge and The Five Borough Songbook, 2017; the libretto for Robert Aldridge's opera Sister Carrie (Florentine Opera, Milwaukee) released on Naxos Records in 2017; stage direction and English dialogue for Mozart's The Magic Flute for Eklund Opera, University of Colorado; script and direction of the jazz-theater piece My Coma Dreams for composer Fred Hersch (Palmetto DVD; Boston Globe's Best of 2014).
Career highlights: Mythologies (music and lyrics) the landmark dance triptych for The Mark Morris Dance Group; Sueños (composer, co-lyricist) for Mabou Mines; American Steel for the Alabama Symphony; incidental music for Troilus & Cressida directed by Sir Peter Hall; Alzheimer's Stories (libretto) for Robert S. Cohen and Parables (libretto) for Aldridge.
Recordings include: The Brooklyn Art Song Society: New Voices (Roven Records) and Innocence/ Experience (GPR Records), mezzo Jennifer Rivera's solo disk which features his William Blake song cycle The Divine Image.
He received a 2012 Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his "wildly operatic libretto" (BBC Music Magazine) for Aldridge's Elmer Gantry, and received a 2016 Grammy as Producer of Ted Nash's Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom.
DONALD HALL was born in Hamden, Connecticut, in 1928. He has published poems, essays, short stories, memoirs, plays, biographies, textbooks, and children's books. The Selected Poems of Donald Hall, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, came out in December 2015, which had issued Essays After Eighty a year earlier. His children's book The Ox-Cart Man won the Caldecott Award for 1980. In 2006, Hall was appointed the Library of Congress's fourteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, and in March 2011 President Obama awarded him the 2010 National Medal of Arts. He makes his home in Wilmot, New Hampshire. In 2018 he brings out A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety.
JANE KENYON was born in 1947 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1970 and in 1972 married the poet Donald Hall, with whom she moved to Eagle Pond Farm in New Hampshire in 1975. She published four books of poetry: From Room to Room in 1978, The Boat of Quiet Hours in 1986, Let Evening Come in 1990, and Constance in 1993. She received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In December 1993 she and her husband were the subject of an Emmy Award-winning documentary by Bill Moyers, called A Life Together. She died of leukemia in 1995. Her Collected Poems appeared in 2005.