february, 2019

20feb12:15 pm- 1:00 pmCurtis on Tour12:15 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

Curtis on Tour

Sage DeAgro-Ruopp, Soprano
Anastasiia Sidorova, Mezzo-soprano
Dominic Armstrong, Tenor
Patrick Wilhelm, Baritone
Mikael Eliasen, Piano
Miloš Repický, Piano

Serenade from The Student Price (4’)
Sigmund Romberg (1887 – 1951)

Sonata for Piano Four Hands, FP 8 (7’)
I. Prélude: Modéré
II. Rustique: Naïf et lent
III. Final: Très vite
Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963)

Des Tages Weihe, D.763 (5’)
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)

Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52 (27’)
I. Rede, Mädchen, allzu liebes
II. Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut
III. O die Frauen
IV. Wie des Abends schöne Röte
V. Die grüne Hopfenranke
VI. Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel
VII. Wohl schön bewandt
VIII. Wenn so lind dein Auge mir
IX. Am Donaustrande
X. O wie sanft die Quelle sich
XI. Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen
XII. Schlosser auf!
XIII. Vögelein durchrauscht die Luft
XIV. Sieh’, wie ist die Welle klar
XV. Nachtigall, sie singt so schön
XVI. Ein dunkeler Schacht ist Liebe
XVII. Nicht wandle, mein Licht
XVIII. Es bebet das Gesträuche
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Dominic Armstrong, tenor
Dominic Armstrong has quickly established himself as an artist of superb musicality and characterization. This season, he sings Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth at Syracuse Opera and travels to France to sing Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca with conductor Emmanuel Plasson. He joins the Florida Orchestra for Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, sings an opera gala concert with the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, and appears with the Portland Symphony in Rachmaninoff’s The Bells.

In recent seasons, Mr. Armstrong has appeared in concert with the Russian National Orchestra and the Detroit, Lansing, and Milwaukee symphonies. He appeared with both Los Angeles Opera and the Center for Contemporary Opera in a double bill of two Gordon Getty one-act operas, Usher House and The Canterville Ghost, as both Edgar Allen Poe and Duke Cecil of Yorkshire; and joined Beth Morrison Projects for Breaking the Waves. Other recent roles have included Don José in Carmen at Dayton Opera, Arthur Dimmesdale in the premiere of The Scarlet Letter at Opera Colorado, and Alfredo in La traviata at Chautauqua Opera.

Sage DeAgro-Ruopp, soprano
Sage DeAgro-Ruopp, from Traverse City, Mich., entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2017 and studies in the voice program with Marlena Kleinman Malas. A soprano, she has sung the roles of Bessie (Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel), Monica (The Medium), and Mélisande (Impressions of Pelléas) for the Curtis Opera Theatre; and the Fairy (Cendrillon), Corilla (Viva la Mamma), and Morgana (Alcina) for the Oberlin Opera Theater. She has attended the Chautauqua Institution and Oberlin in Italy, and holds a performance diploma from Oberlin Conservatory.

Mikael Eliasen, piano
Danish-born coach and accompanist Mikael Eliasen is artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre and the Hirsig Family Dean of Vocal Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. Since receiving his early training in Copenhagen, Montreal, and Vienna, he has collaborated with numerous singers in recital worldwide, including Robert Merrill, Tom Krause, John Shirley-Quirk, Elly Ameling, Edith Mathis, Florence Quivar, Mira Zakai, Sarah Walker, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, and Curtis alumni Theodor Uppman, Michael Schade, and Rinat Shaham.

Mr. Eliasen has given master classes at Aix-en-Provence, the Shanghai Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), Jerusalem Music Center, and National Opera of Prague. He has a long association with the young-artist programs at the Royal Danish Opera and the Opera Studio of Amsterdam. He works regularly at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera; and is artistic advisor to Opera Philadelphia. He was formerly music director of the San Francisco Opera Center and artistic director of the European Center for Opera and Vocal Art in Belgium. For twenty years he has taught at Chautauqua’s Voice Program during the summers.

Mr. Eliasen joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1986 and became the head of the department in 1988.

Miloš Repický, piano
Born in Bratislava, Slovakia and raised in France and Canada, pianist and conductor Miloš Repický is on the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera. At the Met he has played harpsichord continuo for Le nozze di Figaro and has led the musical preparation of Jenufa, Anna Bolena, The Death of Klinghoffer, and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, among many other operas. He has collaborated with the Cleveland Orchestra on productions of Pelléas et Mélisande and The Cunning Little Vixen, with the Lincoln Center Festival on Daphne, and with the Joffrey Ballet on Bluebeard’s Castle and The Miraculous Mandarin. He has also worked with the Canadian Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, Orquesta Nacional de Galicia, Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman, San Francisco Opera, the Spoleto Festival, and the Kennedy Center’s World Stages Festival; and is co-artistic director of Music for Montauk. He conducted the score for the feature film The Bohemians, an adaptation of Puccini’s La bohème.

As a pianist, Mr. Repický has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, Montreal’s Jeunesses-Musicales de Canada, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2016.

Anastasiia Sidorova, mezzo-soprano
Anastasiia Sidorova, from St. Petersburg, Russia, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2014 and studies voice with Patricia McCaffrey, adjunct faculty. A mezzo-soprano, she is a member of the Emerging Artist program at Opera Philadelphia, where her roles have included Roggiero (Tancredi). Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), and Mércèdes (Carmen). For the Curtis Opera Theatre, Ms. Sidorova’s notable roles include Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Olga and Filippyevna (Eugene Onegin), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia), Martha (Iolanta), Lucilla (La scala di seta), Dryad (Ariadne auf Naxos), Mother Goose (The Rake’s Progress), Rosette (Manon), and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro).

Patrick Wilhelm, baritone
Patrick Wilhelm, from Maplewood, N.J. and Lausanne, Switzerland, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2015 and studies voice with Julia Faulkner, adjunct faculty. He has appeared as Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Mr. Gobineau (The Medium), Bill (A Quiet Place), Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin), Pelléas (Impressions of Pelléas), Junius (The Rape of Lucretia) and the Black Cat (L’enfant et les sortilèges) with the Curtis Opera Theatre. He has attended the Academié Internationale d’Éte, the Salzburg Mozarteum, and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute.


The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average, and a tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission.

With a small student body of about 175, Curtis ensures that each young musician receives an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by a “learn by doing” philosophy and personalized attention from a faculty that includes a high proportion of actively performing musicians.

Curtis students hone their craft through than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings each year and programs that bring arts access and education to the community. This real-world training allows these extraordinary young musicians to join the front rank of performers, composers, conductors, and musical leaders, making a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities. To learn more, visit Curtis.edu.


Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music. Grounded in the school’s “learn by doing” philosophy, it offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performing, musicians offer master classes, interactive programs, and community engagement activities. Curtis on Tour also facilitates solo performances of Curtis students and alumni with professional orchestras and recital series. Since the program was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have performed more than 300 concerts in over 90 cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.


(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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