Metropolitan Opera Recital

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2015   |   7 – 8 PM

Followed by a special dance performance at 8:30 PM

Produced in association with SummerStage and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series returns to Socrates for its fourth season, featuring four talented young Met singers performing arias and duets from a variety of operas. The 2015 Summer Recital Series includes:

Kiri Deonarine: Soprano (Chicago, Illinois).  She has recently sung the Fiakermilli in Arabella with the Santa Fe Opera, a Flower Maiden in Parsifal with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Catherine in Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge with Michigan Opera Theatre. While a member of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center she sang Sophie in Werther, the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, and Gilda in Rigoletto. She was also a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio for two seasons and was a Grand Finalist in the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Ginger Costa-Jackson: Mezzo-Soprano (Palermo, Italy). Recent performances include Carmen for debuts with Vancouver Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Opera Grand Rapids and Lola with Barcelona’s Liceu. She has also sung Marie in Rossini’s Moïse et Pharon in concert at Carnegie Hall with the Collegiate Chorale, Puss in the U.S. premiere of Montsalvatge’s El Gato con Botas with Gotham Chamber Opera, and Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Verbier Festival. She is a graduate of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

John Moore: Baritone (Milford/Okoboji, Iowa). Donald in Billy Budd with Glyndebourne Opera and with the Glyndebourne Opera on tour at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at Japan’s Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Figaro with Welsh National Opera, Lorenzo in Dominick Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming at Minnesota Opera, the title role of Eugene Onegin with Des Moines Metro Opera, Count Almaviva with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and the world premiere of Peter Lieberson’s The Coming of Light with the Chicago Chamber Musicians. He is a graduate of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

Dan Saunders: Pianist (Perry, New York). He has performed in recital with singers including Jessye Norman, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Tatiana Troyanos, Samuel Ramey, and Thomas Allen; and with instrumentalists including violinists Eugen Fodor and Tomoko Kato. He has also performed at the White House, on national television, and at Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, Paris’s Bastille Opera, San Francisco Opera, and London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as at the Santa Fe, Salzburg, Tanglewood, and Ravinia festivals. He joined the Met’s music staff in 1985 as an Assistant Conductor and has been heard as harpsichordist on the Live from Lincoln Center television series and as a pianist on the Met’s international radio broadcasts.

Urban Pastoral by Chris Ferris & Dancers, is a dance made in the present tense partnering with the great outdoors, using 10 unique sculptural lights, 10 dancers, and live music. The handheld lights, created by artist Warren Kloner, illuminate, swing, slash, light the dancers, and dot the landscape after sunset, appearing like fireflies in their own pattern of flash and flight path. During the course of this site-specific performance, dancers will seek out others with their pattern before melding into a greater whole.  As the bodies, lights, and sound bounce off the environment, art comes to life in an unpredictable sensual experience in the night air.

Dancers: Louisa Armstrong, Corinna Brown, Erin DeLucia-Benson, Kristina Harris, Gianna Lafronza, Chris Ferris, Annastasia Mercedes, Djuna Passman, Cecly Placenti, Hannah Seidel, Diane Skerbec, and Rachel Russell

Musicians: Loren Dempster (cello), Max Maples (percussion), and Brian Adler (percussion)


Catering provided by Perfect Picnic – Perfect Picnic is a full service picnic company, specializing in delicious artisanal foods – beautifully presented. Picnics, many featuring trademarked mini Baguettini sandwiches, can be shared and enjoyed in the park.


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