2016-17 Season Performances

New York Festival of Song

August 21, 2016 at Poquatuck Hall (Orient, NY)

Killer B's:

American Song from Bernstein to the Beach Boys

The opener of the 2016-17 NYFOS Emerging Artist series, this program captures the hopes, joys, and struggles of twentieth-century Americans, from the working class to the patrician blue bloods, told entirely by composers whose last names begin with B. Music by Berlin, Bernstein, Amy Beach, the Beach Boys and others. 

Christine Price  soprano

Kelsey Lauritano  mezzo-soprano

Miles Mykkanen  tenor

Alex Rosen  bass

Steven Blier  piano


October 13, 14, and 16, 2016 at The Plaza Live (Orlando, FL)

Pairing Voltaire’s biting satire of innocence and optimism with Leonard Bernstein’s witty, Tony Award-winning score, Candide tells the story of a young man who sets off with his friends to find the true meaning of life. Their exploits along the way, including separation, war, mistaken identity, kidnapping, murder, and a shipwreck, cause them all to question their philosophy that “all is for the best.”  In the end, optimism remains, but good sense prevails.  The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents Alison Moritz's new production of Bernstein's American classic. 

Miles Mykkanen   Candide
Evan Jones   Pangloss
Sharleen Joynt   Cunégonde

Margaret Gawrysiak   Old Lady
Gabriel Preisser   Maximilian
Alex Mansoori   Vanderdendur
Samantha Barnes Daniel   Paquette

Eric Jacobsen  Conductor
Alison Moritz  Director
John Heginbotham  Choreographer

Händel's Messiah

December 6 and 8, 2016 at Saint Thomas Church (New York, NY)

“For many New Yorkers of a classical bent, the holiday season officially begins with the two performances of Handel’s Messiah at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue.” James R. Oestreich, The New York Times

No work of sacred choral music has won the hearts of audiences and performers like Handel’s Messiah. Since its 1742 premiere, Messiah has been a centerpiece of Christmas and Easter celebrations around the world. At Saint Thomas, it is a much-loved Christmas tradition. The New Yorker notes that "The Saint Thomas Choir offers a Messiah of impeccable musicality and taste."

In her review, New York Times music critic Vivien Schweitzer writes: "The annual Saint Thomas version (of Messiah) is a king among the innumerable performances in New York, admired for the pure sound of the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and the spirited playing of Concert Royal, a period-instrument ensemble."

Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
Maria Valdes  soprano
Avery Amereau  mezzo-soprano
Miles Mykkanen  tenor
Thomas Meglioranza  bass

Concert Royal
Daniel Hyde  conductor

WQXR Midday Masterpieces

December 7, 2016 at The Greene Space (New York, NY)

Artists from The Juilliard School appear on WQXR Midday Masterpieces in a program devoted to the songs of Franz Schubert. 

Angela Vallone, soprano

Miles Mykkanen, tenor

Matthew Swenson, tenor

Alexander Rosen, bass

HoJae Lee, piano

Jinhee Park, piano

Chris Reynolds, piano

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

January 25, 27, and 29, 2017 at Southern Theatre (Columbus, Ohio)

Opera Columbus puts a new spin on Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail by turning the singspiel into a 1960's James Bond rescue mission.  Michael Cavanagh's madcap production comes to Columbus audiences after a successful run at Edmonton Opera in 2011.  Join Opera Columbus for an evening of action as bold as Bond, music as magnificent as Mozart, and wit as dry as the best martini. Performed with the Columbus Symphony.

Miles Mykkanen  Belmonte

Carla Huhtanen  Konstanze

John Shuffle  Osmin

Chris Bozeka  Pedrillo

Ashly Neumann  Blonde

Jason Hiester  Conductor

Michael Cavanagh  Director

Mozart's Requiem

February 23, 24, 25, and 26, 2017 at Van Wezel Hall (Sarasota, FL)

The Sarasota Orchestra performs the final masterpiece in Mozart's oeuvre, The Requiem Mass in D minor.  Featuring the Grammy Award-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the program also includes Arvo Pärt's Credo under the baton of Anu Tali.

Katya Kabanova

April 21, 23, and 25, 2017 at Peter J. Sharp Theatre (New York, NY)

Written during the great final period of the composer’s career, Katya Kabanova is one of the five operas—the others are JenůfaThe Cunning Little Vixen, The Makropulos Affair, and From the House of the Dead—upon which Janáček’s reputation largely rests. Stephen Wadsworth helms this production with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Anne Manson.

Samuel Levine  Kudrjáš

Maria Brea  Glaša

Alex Rosen  Dikoj

Gerard Schneider  Boris Grigorjevič 

Nicole Thomas  Fekluša

Sara Couden  Kabanicha

Miles Mykkanen  Tichon Ivanyč Kabanov

Felicia Moore  Káťa Kabanová

Samantha Hankey  Varvara 

Xiaomeng Zhang  Kuligin

Anne Manson  Conductor

Stephen Wadsworth  Director

Kept: A Ghost Story

May 25 and 28, 2017 at Attucks Theatre (Norfolk, Virginia)

The Virginia Arts Festival’s John Duffy Institute for New Opera seeks and supports the work of opera composer and librettist teams, providing mentors and shepherding new works to the stage. This spring, one of those carefully tended nestlings will fly, with the world premiere of Kept — the 19th-century story of a wild young woman, the lighthouse keeper she marries, and the dark secrets they share. Kept marks the first operatic collaboration between composer Kristin Kuster and poet Megan Levad, whose haunting score and vivid poetry illuminate the hearts of these ill-fated lovers. 

Kristin Kuster, composer 
Megan Levad, librettist 
JoAnn Falletta, conductor 
Mary Birnbaum, stage director 

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