march, 2020

25mar12:15 pm- 1:00 pmEvent CancelledChristopher Kenney, Baritone & Madeline Slettedahl, Piano12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural CenterPrograms:Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

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Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Christopher Kenney, baritone
Madeline Slettedahl, piano

Largo al factotum from Il barbiere di Siviglia (5’)
Gioachino Rossini (1792 – 1868)

Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen from Die tote Stadt (4’)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897 – 1957)

Selections from 5 Songs of Laurence Hope (12’)
I. Worth While
II. The Jungle Flower
IV. Among the Fuchsias
V. Till I Wake
Henry Thacker Burleigh (1866 – 1949)

I Love Life (4’)
Mana-Zucca (1885 – 1981)

At Howard Hawks’ House (4’)
Gene Scheer (b. 1958)

Jonah and the Whale (3’)
Robert MacGimsey (1898 – 1979)

A native of Hawley, Minnesota, baritone Christopher Kenney is in his second and final year with The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Previously, he was a member of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. While there, he was heard in the title role/The Barber of Seville and also portrayed the Businessman/The Little Prince, Pa Zegner/Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up (world premiere), and the Officer/The Barber of Seville for WNO’s mainstage season at the Kennedy Center. Additionally, he was a featured soloist in Bernstein’s Songfest with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Among other roles he has performed are Papageno/The Magic Flute, the title role/Rubinstein’s The Demon, Marullo/Rigoletto, Guglielmo/Così fan tutte, and Leporello/Don Giovanni. Kenney was a 2017 apprentice artist at The Santa Fe Opera. He is a three-time winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. The baritone is an alumnus of Concordia College (undergraduate), the University of Kentucky (graduate), and Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts. In the summer of 2018 he performed The Old Maid and the Thief with the Grant Park Music Festival, and then appeared in Lyric’s 2018/19 season as Master of Ceremonies/Cendrillon and the Marquis d’Obigny/La traviata. For the 2019/20 season, Kenney sings Fiorello/The Barber of Seville, Motorcycle Cop/Dead Man Walking and Registrar/Madama Butterfly.

Pianist Madeline Slettedahl, from Seattle, Washington, is a third-year member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. 2019 study fellowships included intensives with the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto studying both opera pianism and conducting, as well as being selected as a Britten-Pears Young Artist to study opera and art song at Snape-Maltings. Slettedahl is also an alumna of Music Academy of the West, where she won First Prize in the Marilyn Horne Song Competition. An avid song and chamber music recitalist, she made Carnegie Hall appearances at The Song Continues and SongStudio, and returned to perform with mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker as part of the 2019/20 Carnegie Hall Citywide series. Other engagements include rehearsal pianist for Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief for the Ryan Opera Center in 2018. She prepared Menotti’s works The Telephone and The Medium at Opera in the Heights and was coach/pianist for the 2017 world-premiere workshop of Ricky Ian Gordon’s A House Without a Christmas Tree at Houston Grand Opera. Slettedahl is an alumna of Rice University (master’s degree) and Western Washington University (bachelor’s degree). She has served on the Lyric Opera music staff for The Pearl Fishers (2017/18) and Siegfried (2018/19). In 2019/20, she prepares Lyric’s productions of The Barber of Seville and Siegfried.


(Wednesday) 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST


Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60605

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