THE GROWTH OF A BASS-BARITON, THROUGH THE COMBINED EXPERIENCE OF PERFORMING AN OPERATIC ROLE, A GENERAL RECITAL AND A SONG CYCLE RECITAL

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2008
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Lee, Kwang Kyu
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Loup, Francois
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My desire for the project was to establish and address the growth of a bass- baritone through the combined experience of performing an operatic role, a general recital and a song cycle recital. This dissertation-performance project consists of three different programs presenting two solo recitals and an operatic role written for a bass-baritone. The first performance was a solo concert of Franz Schubert's Winterreise, a song cycle consisting of twenty-four individual songs composed after poems by Wilhelm Muller. The recital was performed on December 7, 2004 in the Gildenhorn Hall of the University of Maryland. The second program was a solo recital which included works perfomed in four different languages. This performance took place in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre, and was sponsored by the Korean Embassy in celebration of the new presidential inauguration of the Republic of Korea on February 24, 2008. The performance program was Handel's cantata Dalla guerra amorosa; Schubert's An die Musik, Fruhlingsglaube and Erlkonig; 5 songs from R. Vaughan William's Songs of Travel; J. Ibert's Chansons de Don Quichotte; Mozart's concert aria Per questa bella mana, and two arias: "La Calunnia" from Rossini's II Barbiere di Sivigilia and "0 wie will ich triumphieren" from Mozart's Die Enifuhrung aus dem Serail. The third project was an operatic role from Mozart's masterpiece, Die Enifuhrung aus dem Serail. I performed the role of Osmin in this opera with The Bel Cantanti Opera Company, under the direction of Francois Loup. Osmin is the central character. This is a pivotal role, and he is onstage throughout most of the opera. Osmin's voice requires an unusual extension (from low D to high F). The music for this character spans a colorful range of emotions from love to fear, hysteria and outrage. The opera was sung with spoken recitatives in German, and performed on February 29 and March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 2008 at the Randolph Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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