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Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. He was recently named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France, beginning with the 2011-12 season. In addition, Mr. Slatkin continues to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008.Learn more at www.leonardslatkin.com.
Canadian baritone Hugh Russell continues to receive high praise for his charisma, dramatic energy and vocal beauty. He is widely acclaimed for his performances in the operas of Mozart and Rossini, and is regularly invited to perform with symphony orchestras throughout North America. At the center of his orchestral repertoire is Orff’s popular “Carmina Burana”, which Mr. Russell has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and Vancouver Symphony, among others.Mr. Russell has been seen at the New York City Opera, where he made his company debut singing the title role in “Il barbiere di Siviglia”, as well as the Los Angeles Opera, where he sang Harlequin in “Ariadne auf Naxos” conducted by Kent Nagano. He was both an Adler Fellow and a member of the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, where he was heard in “Ariadne auf Naxos” and in Messiaen’s “St François d’Assise.”
American soprano Kiera Duffy is recognized for both her gleaming high soprano and insightful musicianship in repertoire that ranges from the music of Handel, Praetorius, Bach, and Mozart to the modern sounds of Berg, Carter, Glass, and Zorn.Kiera Duffy was an accomplished pianist before pursuing singing and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. Ms. Duffy is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition from such esteemed organizations as the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the Young Concert Artists International Competition.
GOULD Spirituals for Orchestra
ORFF Carmina Burana
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