Katherine Beck, mezzo-soprano

Chris Reynolds, piano

February 23, 2022

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host

Program:

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) – Arianna a Naxos,  Hob.XXVIb:2 (1790) (20’)

I. Recitative: Teseo mio ben (My darling Theseus): Adagio

II. Aria: Dove sei, mio bel tesoro (Where are you, my precious treasure): Largo

III. Recitative: Ma, a chi parlo (But who is there here to hear me?): Andante – Adago – Larghetto)

IV. Aria: Ah che morir vorrei (Ah, how I long to die): Presto

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) – “Una voce poco fa” from Il barbiere di Siviglia (1816) (6’)

Leslie Adams (b. 1932) “For You There is No Song” from Five Millay Songs (1977) (3’)              

Florence Price (1887-1953) – Night (1946) (2’)

Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021) – “No One Is Alone” from Into the Woods (1986) (4’) 

Mezzo-soprano Katherine Beck, from Bennington, Vermont, is a second-year member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She was most recently heard onstage at the Metropolitan Opera, where she competed as a semi-finalist in the Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition in February 2020. That same week, she received a prestigious George London Foundation Award. In 2019, Beck portrayed Karolka/Jenůfa and covered Dorabella/Così fan tutte at The Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist. She is a former member of the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio, where she has been heard as Mary Johnson/Fellow Travelers and Cherubino/The Marriage of Figaro. Other Arizona Opera credits include Catherine Wright/Shining Brow, Madeleine Audebert/Silent Night, and Flora/La traviata. While at Opera Colorado in 2018, the mezzo sang Lisette/Gerald Cohen’s Steal a Pencil for Me (world premiere). Beck has numerous recital and chamber-music credits, including two summers as a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center. In the 2020/21 season of virtual programming, she appeared in the Harris Theater’s Beyond the Aria series and for Lyric in Sole e Amore, Magical Music Around the World, and Rising Stars in Concert. In Lyric’s 2021/22 season, Beck sings in Sunday in the Park with Lyric’s Rising Stars.

Chris Reynolds is a second-year member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has made a name for himself as both a soloist and a collaborator. Currently a doctoral candidate at The Juilliard School, he recently performed at Lincoln Center Theater for Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage’s chamber opera Intimate Apparel. Other performance venues include Bayreuth, Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, WQXR, the Kyoto Summer Music Festival, and National Sawdust. A two-time winner of the Juilliard Vocal Arts Honors Recital Auditions, Reynolds has been a fellow at SongFest and Aspen, as well as a Schwab Rising Star at Caramoor as part of the New York Festival of Song Emerging Artist Series. He has worked at the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater as an opera coach/répétiteur and has served on the faculties of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, William Paterson University, and the Mostly Modern Festival. Reynolds holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. For Lyric’s 2020/21 virtual programming, the pianist appeared in Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter, Master Classes with Sir Andrew Davis, Pasión Latina, Sole e Amore, Magical Music Around the World, and Rising Stars in Concert. In the company’s 2021/22 season, Reynolds will appear in Sunday in the Park with Lyric’s Rising Stars in addition to preparing Macbeth as a member of Lyric’s music staff.

Read program notes here

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with 98.7 WFMT.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in association with the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

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Wednesday March 2, 12:15pm

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