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Love Songs featuring Risa Renae Harman, soprano

180428 Risa THUMB NRev EApril 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

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American soprano Risa Renae Harman, as noted by The New York Times, “is that rare creature among singers, a really good recitalist.” A versatile singer who navigates a wide range of repertoire, she has appeared as soloist in Samuel Barber’s The Prayers of Kierkegaard at the Kennedy Center with The Washington Chorus, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with The Philadelphia Singers at the Kimmel Center and Alice Tully Hall, Handel’s Laudate pueri with The National Cathedral Choral Society, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate at the Kennedy Center, Verdi’s Requiem with The Oratorio Society of New Jersey, Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 with The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, and solo recitals at the Brooklyn Library and the acclaimed Trinity Church.

Recent engagements for Miss Harman include Handel’s Messiah and Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël, Op.12 with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, her portrayal as Jenny Lind in Jenny Lind, The Swedish Nightingale in America, a play with music by Kelly Hale, soloist with the Huntington Chorale Society in Dvorak’s Te Deum, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart’s Vespers. Operatic performances include The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Violetta in La Traviata, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as creating the role of Louise in the world premiere of William Schuman’s A Question of Taste for Glimmerglass Opera. She has appeared with New York City Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Lake George Opera, and Lyric Opera Cleveland.

Miss Harman’s international credits include recitals in Sweden as the winner of the American Jenny Lind Competition and the Italian Festivals Da Bach a Bartok and Musica nei Chiostri. Miss Harman is the recipient of numerous awards including the Lee Schaenen Foundation, Lotte Lehmann Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, Shoshana Foundation, Washington International Competition, Jenny Lind Competition, and Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition. She hails from Virginia and presently calls New York home.

Overture to Candide Bernstein
Glitter and Be Gay Bernstein
Overture to Die Fledermaus Strauss
On Wings of Song Mendelssohn
Songs My Mother Taught Me Dvorak
I Love You Grieg
Five Songs Montsalvage
The Kiss Arditi
Csardas from Die Fledermaus Strauss
Song to the Moon from Rusalka Dvorak
Musetta’s Waltz from La Boheme Puccini
Meine Lippen from Giuditta Leah