The University of Missouri School of Music will present the premiere of Stefan Freund's oratorio The War Between Families and Neighbors: The Civil War in Missouri on April 24, 2014 in Jesse Hall on the MU campus. The combined forces of the MU Choral Union, the University Singers and the Columbia Civic Orchestra will perform, along with soloists Steven Tharp, tenor, Timothy Jones, bass-baritone, and Lindsey Lang, soprano, all under the baton of the University's Director of Choral Activities, R. Paul Crabb. The oratorio traces the role of Missouri in the Civil War and draws its text from contemporary sources including newspaper reporting, editorials, and eyewitness accounts. The performance will be accompanied by projections of the texts as well as artwork contributed by the Missouri State Historical Society.
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Steven Tharp gives his sixth performance of Defiant Requiem on March 24, 2014 at the Konzerthaus in Berlin. This performance marks the German premiere of Defiant Requiem, which tells the story of Rafael Schaechter and his brave chorus of fellow inmates in the Terezín concentration camp, who rehearsed and performed the Verdi Requiem despite the hardships and privations visited on them by their Nazi captors. Tharp joins Murry Sidlin, conductor and creator of Defiant Requiem and fellow soloists Aga Mikolaj, soprano, Gerhiild Romberger, mezzo-soprano, and István Kovács, bass, along with actors Iris Berben and Ulrich Matthes. Details of the performance can be found at Defiantrequiem.org
Steven Tharp will be featured at the University of California at Davis' holiday presentation of Britten's cantata St. Nicolas, on December 6, 2013. Jeffrey Thomas will conduct the University Chorus and the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. It will be Mr. Tharp's second time performing the Britten work with UC Davis. He has also appeared at the Mondavi Center in the Verdi's Requiem and Handel's Messiah, both under Mr. Thomas' baton.
Beginning fall 2013, Steven Tharp joins the faculty of the School of Music at the University of MIssouri (Mizzou) as Assistant Professor of Voice. In addition to teaching undergrad and graduate voice students, he teaches a class in Vocal Literature.
The concert-drama, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II who, led by conductor Rafael Schächter, performed the famous Verdi Requiem Mass while experiencing the depths of human degradation.
On June 6, Steven Tharp will make his fifth appearance in Defiant Requiem, after previous performances in the United States as well as at the Terezín Memorial. The performance, led by Murry Sidlin, the creator of Defiant Requiem , will take place in St. Vitus' Cathedral in Prague, and will feature the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic Choir and the Kühn Choir. Mr. Tharp's fellow soloists will be Jitka Burgetová, soprano, Veronika Hajnová, mezzo-soprano, and Roman Vocel, bass. Details can be found at Defiantrequiem.org.
PBS recently aired Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance , a film documentary exploring the story of Rafael Schächter and his chorus. The film features Mr. Tharp in excerpts from a previous performance of this moving concert drama.
Staged as part of the Jacaranda series, the Noh-influenced church parable play includes a nuanced performance by tenor Steven Tharp as the Madwoman.
[...] But Britten's most original inspiration proved making the Madwoman a mad tenor. Madwomen in opera are commonplace enough to hardly seem outsiders. But there is something about a madman as madwoman that grabs our attention and, perhaps, our compassion. Assuming you can find a tenor who can pull it off.
Jacaranda found him. In a richly nuanced, boldly expressive but expressly avoiding cheap pathos performance, Steven Tharp, who has a broad operatic repertory, displayed the visionary quality of madness. He was well supported by an eloquent Ferryman (Dean Elzinga), a booming Abbot (Reid Bruton), a compassionate Traveler (Abdiel Gonzalez) and the Spirit of the Child (Drew Pickett), a boy soprano who sounded like an angel. → more
It has just been confirmed that Steven Tharp will travel to Mexico for two concerts of Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional this March 22 and 24. Carlos Miguel Prieto is conducting. This marks Tharp's second time with the orchestra after singing Uriel in Haydn's Creation there recently.
Minnesota Opera's institutional gifts manager Beth Comeaux recounts a horrific episode during rehearsals of Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus by Libby Larsen:
"Over the course of 18 years and 16 performances with Minnesota Opera, I have just a few memories. One more dramatic memory that comes to mind was during Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus by Libby Larsen over twenty (yikes) years ago. We were in “tech” week at The World Theater (now The Fitzgerald) and as with new works, there were adaptations to both the libretto and music each day. As a cast, we had gotten used to expect anything—and we also knew that there were going to be some a-typical elements to the show since we had a stage and a T.V. director—and we knew there would be a wee bit of electricity. You know, the kind that shows those cool bolts of lightening as Frankenstein’s monster was being jolted into life with his creator shouting “LIIIIIIIIIIVE!!!!” beneath him?" → more
Steven Tharp will join Jacaranda (“one of the best and most adventurous chamber music series in the country,” Los Angeles Times) for two special events marking the centenary of Benjamin Britten.
On Saturday, April 27, Jacaranda will present Britten's moving Church Parable Curlew River, conducted by Mark Alan Hilt and directed by Yuval Sharon. Steven Tharp will portray the Madwoman, and the cast includes Dean Elzinga as the Ferryman, Reid Burton as the Abbot, and Abdiel Gonzales as the Traveller. (→ buy tickets)
On June 1, 2013, Steven Tharp returns to Jacaranda for Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, once again with Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda's Music Director, on the podium. The all-Brittten program will include String Quartet No. 3 and the Suite for Violin and Piano, op. 6. (→ buy tickets)
Both the April 27 and June 1 performances will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. For more information on these performances and Jacaranda's entire season, visit Jacarandamusic.org.
On January 31, 2013, Steven Tharp will join Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra, under the baton of Artistic Director Dennis Keene, in a program of works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, and concluding with Franz Joseph Haydn's Paukenmesse, also known as the Mass in Time of War. Full concert details are available here.
Tharp has sung with Voices of Ascension on numerous occasions, including performances of both the St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion of Bach.
Steven Tharp will join the SRO Lyric Theatre in his hometown, Springfield, Missouri, as Alfredo in a production of Verdi's La Traviata.
Performances will be Friday March 15 and Sunday March 17, 2013 at the Gillioz Theater. Violetta will be sung by Tara Stafford-Spyres, Giorgio Germont by Jimi James, and Annina by Paula Patterson. SRO Music Director Amy Muchnick will conduct, and the production is directed by Jeff Carney. For further information see the SRO website.
The Netherlands' Nationale Reisopera has postponed the revival of its production of Florian Leopold Gassmann's L'Opera Seria, which was to have traveled throughout Holland in November and December of 2012.
This revival was scheduled to feature many members of the original 2005 cast, including Sally Silver as Stonatrilla, Johanette Zomer as Smorfiosa, Henrike Jacob as Porporina, Steven Tharp as Sospiro and Maarten Koningsberger as Derlirio. The production was directed by Laurence Dale and featured the Combattimento Consort under the direction of Jan Willem de Vriend, who was scheduled to conduct the revival as well.
The Reisopera has not announced new dates for the revival. The postponement was the direct result of a 60% cut in the Reisopera's government subsidy due to austerity measures similar to those which have affected arts organizations throughout Europe.
Those Three Tenors in Search of an Act, Edd Clark, Bill Brooks and Steven Tharp, will make a guest appearance at December performances of Sue and Edd's Fabulous Christmas, where they will reprise some numbers from their Christmas show from a few years back, and join Sue Matsuki in a brand new number arranged by Music Director Paul Stephan. Performances are at Don't Tell Mama. 343 West 46th Street, NY on December 2 and December 14 at 7 pm. Details at www.donttellmamanyc.com.
Meanwhile, here is Steven Tharp performing the hilarious "A Word on My Ear" by Flanders and Swann, from Three Tenors in Search of an Act.
April 19 and 20, 2012 brought stellar performances of Mozart's Requiem with the Louisiana Philharmonic under its music director, Carlos Miguel Prieto. Joining Tharp were fellow Dispeker artists Jonita Lattimore, Margaret Lattimore and Michael Dean.