Britt Orchestra: Eastern Inspiration

Saturday, August 5, 8 p.m.

PROGRAM: EASTERN INSPIRATION - Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano & Richard Cox, tenor

BRIGHT SHENG – Shanghai Overture
IGOR STRAVINSKY – Le chant du rossignol (The Song of the Nightingale)
GUSTAV MAHLER – Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)

TICKETS: Reserved $49 | Lawn $25 | Child/Student Lawn $10 
GATES OPEN: @ 5:45 Early Entry | 6:00 General Public
PRE-CONCERT TALK: 7:00 p.m. in the Performance Garden

Eastern Inspiration
Program: Eastern Inspiration - Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano & Richard Cox, tenor

Bright Sheng – Shanghai Overture
Igor Stravinsky – Le chant du rossignol (The Song of the Nightingale)
Gustav Mahler – Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)

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Program Notes coming soon

Guest Artist: Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano & Richard Cox, tenor

Tamara Mumford and Richard Cox

Mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford performs regularly at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as tours the US with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Tenor Richard Cox will be performing at the Colorado Music Festival this summer, as well as performing several opera engagements.
Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano

This season, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Smeaton in Anna Bolena, appeared on tour in the US and Europe with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in performances of Mahler Symphony No. 3, made her debut with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in performances of John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary and returned to the Utah Symphony for performances of Mahler Symphony No. 8. This summer she returns to Caramoor for the first ever American performances of Rossini's Aureliano in Palmira, and next season she appears in the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Kajia Saariaho's L'Amour de loin and appears in concert with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, and the Simón Bolívar Orchestra on tour in Europe.

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Ms. Mumford made her debut there as Laura in Luisa Miller, and has since appeared in more than 140 performances with the company, some of which include Smeaton in the new production of Anna Bolena, and in productions of Rigoletto, Ariadne auf Naxos,  Il Trittico, Parsifal, Idomeneo, Cavalleria Rusticana, Nixon in China, The Queen of Spades,  the complete Ring Cycle, The Magic Flute, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Wozzeck.   Other recent opera engagements have included L'Amour de loin at the Festival d'opéra de Québec, Iolante at the Dallas Opera, the title role in the American premiere of Henze’s Phaedra,  the title role in The Rape of Lucretia, and the world premiere of Daniel Schnyder's Yardbird at Opera Philadelphia; the title role in Dido and Aeneas at the Glimmerglass Festival,  Ottavia in L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and the BBC Proms, Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia at the Caramoor Festival , Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri at the Palm Beach Opera, the title role in The Rape of Lucretia, conducted by Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival; the title role in Carmen at the Crested Butte Music Festival, Principessa in Suor Angelica and Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi with the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi di Milano in Italy; and the title role in La Cenerentola at Utah Festival Opera.

Richard Cox, tenor

American tenor Richard Cox possesses a remarkable voice that combines lyric and heroic qualities, and is equally suited to opera, concert, and recitals.

This summer, Mr. Cox performs Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Colorado Music Festival. He then sings Prinz Kalaf in Ferruccio Busoni’s Turandot for the Bard SummerScape Festival. Continuing into the 2016/2017 season, Mr. Cox makes his role debut as Loge in Das Rheingold with Minnesota Opera and North Carolina Opera; he joins I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra for Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde; and makes his Hawaii Opera Theatre debut as Mitch in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

Recent opera engagements have included a critically acclaimed debut as Laca in Jenůfa for Des Moines Metro Opera; the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in semi-staged performances of Peter Grimes; his debut with Washington National Opera for Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (Das Rheingold and Die Walküre); Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, Sergei in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Tichon in Káta Kabanová at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile; Froh in Das Rheingold, Malcolm in Macbeth, First Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, and the Celebrant in Nico Muhly’s Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera; Don José in student performances of Carmen at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; the title role in Samson et Dalila at the New Orleans Opera; Ruprecht in Viktor Ulmann’s Der zerbrochene Krug at the Los Angeles Opera (released on DVD by Arthaus Musik); Adolar in Weber’s Euryanthe at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden; and Claudio in the first fully-staged North American production of Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot at the Glimmerglass Festival. A former ensemble member at Oper Frankfurt, Mr. Cox appeared in several new productions there, including The Tempest, Arabella, Owen Wingrave, and Das Rheingold (released on CD and DVD by Oehms Classics). He also appeared as Florestan in Fidelio, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, the Bishop of Budoja in Palestrina (released on CD by Oehms Classics), and Aegisth in Elektra.

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