In honor of its impending grand opening in 2015, The Opera San Antonio hosts an inaugural gala concert on May 23 at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, featuring performances from Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy. Tobias Picker, Artistic Director of The Opera San Antonio, has curated a diverse line-up of opera highlights for the event, with performances by star singers including Patricia Racette, Susannah Biller, Dolora Zajick, Daniela Mack, Jay Hunter Morris, Alek Shrader, Lucas Meachem and Eric Owens. Mixing music “from the time of Handel to the time of Tobias,” according to board chairman Mel Weingart, the program features music from Picker’s An American Tragedy including the aria See the Light performed by Dolora Zajick and the San Antonio Symphony, led by conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing. With its first season set to open in January of 2015, The Opera San Antonio will make its home at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
On May 7, the Miller Theatre Pop-Up Concerts series celebrates the chamber music of Tobias Picker with a performance by the Tobias Picker Ensemble. The program includes Picker’s Nova quintet and Invisible Lilacsfor violin and piano, both of which will be featured on an upcoming recording of Picker’s chamber music on the Tzadik label. The Miller Theatre program also includes two works for solo piano: When Soft Voices Dieand the third etude from Four Etudes for Ursula, performed by Nathaniel LaNassa.
For more information on Tobias Picker visit www.schott-music.com.
To learn more about The Opera San Antonio visit www.theoperasa.org.
For details on the “Picker Pops Up” concert visit www.millertheatre.com.
An American Tragedy (2005)
opera in two acts
libretto (En) by Gene Scheer
for 2 sopranos, 3 mezzo-sopranos, 2 tenors, 2 baritones, boy soprano, children's voices and SATB chorus
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for piano quintet
Invisible Lilacs (1991)
for violin and piano
When Soft Voices Die (1977)
for solo piano
Four Etudes for Ursula (1996)
for solo piano