Madison Symphony Chorus
& four guest soloists
Fri., Apr. 3, 2020
Sat., Apr. 4, 2020
Sun., Apr. 5, 2020
Dvořák | Requiem
John DeMain, Conductor
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, Director
Ann Toomey, Soprano
Julie Miller, Mezzo-soprano
Eric Barry, Tenor
Tyler Simpson, Bass-baritone
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Program notes will be available in August.
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Composed at the peak of Dvořák’s career, the Requiem is a profound expression of his genius.
About Ann Toomey
A native of Shelby Township, Michigan and a third-year Ryan Opera Center Ensemble member with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, soprano Ann Toomey recently earned a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and holds a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance and music education from Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan). She was a member of the Gerdine Young Artist program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2015, singing Gabrielle/La rondine and understudying the title role/Tobias Picker’s Emmeline. Toomey was a 2016 national semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and an award recipient in the 2015 Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition at UCC-CM.
About Julie Miller
Hailed as possessing a voice of “spell-binding power and intensity” (The Register-Guard), Mezzo-Soprano Julie Miller has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras and in many major concert halls across the country. Ms. Miller is the recipient of the Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship and the Rose McGilvray Grundman Award (American Opera Society of Chicago), the Richard F. Gold Career Grant (Shoshana Foundation), and the Edith Newfield Scholarship Award (Musicians Club of Women).
About Eric Barry
Winner of the Bel Canto Prize at the 2016 Maryland Lyric Opera Competition, Spanish-American Tenor Eric Barry is “making an impressive mark” on opera and concert stages “with a clear timbre, evenness of projection and exceptional sensitivity” (Opera News). His engagements have included performances with the Shreveport Opera, Amarillo Opera, Boston Midsummer Opera, Opera Memphis, North Carolina Opera, Opera Memphis, Pittsburgh Opera, and the Teatro Comunale di Sulmona. He has appeared at music festivals around the world.
About Tyler Simpson
Bass-baritone Tyler Simpson has performed on top opera and concert stages around the world. He made several company debuts in 2017–2018, singing the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Pittsburgh Opera, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Greensboro Opera, and joining Early Music Vancouver for their first-ever period rendition of Handel’s Messiah. Additionally, he returned to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for an Easter Messiah, and Atlanta Opera for La fille du regiment, Charlottesville Opera for another run as Mozart’s Figaro, and the Festival Lyrique-en-mer as Scarpia in Tosca. The 2018-2019 included his return to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of Iolanta and Pelléas et Mélisande and his Vancouver Opera debut as Alidoro in La Cenerentola.
The [Madison Symphony] Chorus’ performance was lovely . . . the choir’s first words sounded with a beautiful ringing tone . . . more than 100 people created a sense of intimacy and sentiment. – The Capital Times
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