Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 7:30pm
Herbst TheatreVenue Information
Carnival of the Animals
POULENC: Le bestiaire
SCHUMANN: Die Löwenbraut, Der Handschuh
RAVEL: Histoires Naturelles
REGER: Op. 76 Zwei Mäuschen, Die fünf Hühnerchen, Furchthäschen, Der Igel, Die Bienen, Mausefangen
CHABRIER: Ballade des gros dindons, Villanelle des petits canards, Les Cigales
WOLF: Storchenbotschaft, Der Schwalben heimkehr, Der Knabe und das Immlein, Der Rattenfänger
FLANDERS AND SWANN: The Armadillo, The Warthog, The Gnu
FLANDERS & SWANN: The Hippopotamus
This presentation is made possible in part by the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. J. Patterson McBaine.
About This Performance
Baritone Christopher Maltman performs a whimsical program called Carnival of the Animals, that starts with Poulenc and Ravel and ends with comic songs from the British music hall.
Following his degree in Biochemistry, Christopher Maltman studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music. A globally-renowned Don Giovanni, he has sung the role in London, Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Toulouse, San Sebastian, Beijing and Chicago, and adds New York and Edinburgh this year. Increasingly in demand for Verdi roles, he has sung Posa, Simon Boccanegra, Conte di Luna and will soon add Guy de Montfort, Don Carlo di Vargas, Rigoletto and Germont. He won the Lieder prize at the Cardiff Singer of the World early in his career and has continued to delight audiences with his sensitive and engaging song performances, many of which are documented in acclaimed recordings. His vast and varied discography, from Purcell to Ades includes John Corigliano’s Grammy award-winning Ghost of Versailles from Los Angeles Opera.
A native of France, Audrey Saint-Gil attended the Conservatoire National de Musique de Toulouse where she was awarded three first prizes with distinction in piano solo, chamber music, and vocal coaching. She continued her doctoral studies, in parallel with her solo piano career, at the Université de Toulouse and graduated with a PhD in Greek philosophy.
Ms. Saint-Gil began her career at the Théâtre du Capitôle in Toulouse and her international career at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria under the direction of Bertrand de Billy. At the same time she was appointed Head Vocal Coach of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.
Ms. Saint-Gil made her American debut as Assistant Conductor with Michigan Opera Theatre and has since been working with major opera houses such as Cincinnati Opera Festival, Ravinia Festival, Caramoor International Music Festival, Festival del Sole, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, New York City Opera and LA Opera under the direction of James Conlon and Placido Domingo.
Ms. Saint-Gil has been frequently invited to give master classes and is also the author of several books on French diction. She has served as a judge for several major vocal competitions including the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition at the Metropolitan Opera. She was also recently commissioned to write the film score for a documentary on James Salter by the Checkerboard Film Foundation.
She is currently the assistant conductor to Maestro James Conlon and Maestro Plácido Domingo at LA Opera and is part of the music staff of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.