Soprano Malinda Haslett (Berlin Konzerthaus, L’opéra on Plein Air, Atlanta Opera) and Conductor Timothy Long (Aspen Music Festival, Juilliard School, NY City Opera) come together to present "Women in Song" This mixed media, femme-fatal inspired recital will feature music and visual art images by trail blazing women, to tantalize both the ears and the eyes.
As the new artistic director of the voice degree programs, Haslett will take the lead recruiting students and developing curriculum and standards, as well as teaching private voice lessons.
Firmly established on the world stage as a multifaceted performer and international scholar, Malinda Hasletthas over thirty leading roles to her name. Her North American operatic highlights, including those in Canada and Mexico, are comprised of titular roles: Violetta in “La Traviata,” Juliette in “Roméo et Juliette,” and Marie in “La Fille du Régiment.” Other significant roles include: Mimí and Musetta in “La Bohème,” Nedda in “I Pagliacci,” Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Adina in “L’Elisir d'Amore,” Norina in “Don Pasquale,” Pamina, Erste Dame and Papagena in “Die Zauberflöte,” Oscar in “Un Ballo in Maschera,” Leïla in “Les Pêcheurs des Perles,” Nannetta in “Falstaff,” both Donna Anna and Zerlina in “Don Giovanni,” and a world premiere performance of Lulu in the Grammy Award-winning “Elmer Gantry,” by Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein, and Erste Mädchen in Hindemith’s “Das Nusch-Nuschi,” which had its American premiere in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.
In the past year, Timothy Long conducted the world premiere of Missing, by Marie Clements and Brian Current, at City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra with the great dramatic soprano Christine Goerke in her first New York area performance of the Immolation Scene from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, and Tulsa Opera’s 70th Anniversary Gala starring famed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. He recently performed in recital with the young rising mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey in Lancaster, PA and Baltimore, and with baritone Brian Mulligan on the Washington D.C. Vocal Arts Society at the Kennedy Center. Upcoming projects include conducting Die Zauberflöte at the Prague Summer Nights Festival, playing a world premiere at National Sawdust with White Mountain Apache violinist Laura Ortman and Navajo noise artist Raven Chacon, and a new work with MacArthur “Genius” award winner Martha Clarke.
“We are thrilled to welcome our new colleague and we are looking forward to the music she will bring to us, our students and our community,” said Alan Kaschub, director of the USM School of Music.
The concert will be held at Corthell Concert Hall on the Gorham Campus. The University offers free parking for evening and weekend events in student or faculty lots. Tickets are $15 for adult, $10 for seniors, USM employees and alumni, $5 for students. To purchase tickets, call the Music Box Office: (207) 780-5555 // TTY: 780-5646, or purchase tickets online at www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice.
Timothy Long's appearance is a part of the Warren Memorial Visiting Artist Series.
Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, firstname.lastname@example.org. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.