Occident Meets Orient

Carole FitzPatrick, Soprano, Robert Barefield, Baritone

Russell Ryan, Piano

March 19 - 20, 2016
Roshong Recital Hall

Master Class - Saturday, March 20
4:00pm - 6:00pm - Free Admission

Recital - Sunday, March 21 at 3:00pm
Pay at the door: Adults $15, Children $5,
FLC Students free with ID.

Carole FitzPatrick, Russell Ryan, and Robert Barefield perform songs by composers influenced by Eastern cultures.

This recording explores societal attitudes and misconceptions about life in Eastern cultures through Western classical and popular music of the 19th and 20th centuries. Fascinated by the East, Western composers of opera, operetta, musical theater, art song and popular dance-inspired tunes were influenced by a trend now known as Orientalism; the construction of a mythic Eastern stereotype through music, visual art, poetry, and other cultural texts. Soprano Carole FitzPatrick, baritone Robert Barefield and pianist Russell Ryan have collaborated in discovering, performing and now recording these songs that reflect Western society's fascination, ambivalence and misconceptions of the East.

Carole FitzPatrick, Associate Professor of Voice at Arizona State University, received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and two Master’s degrees from Yale, and then moved to Europe in 1988. After engagements in Dortmund and Osnabrück, Germany, she joined the ensemble of the State Theater in Nuremberg. Her extensive opera repertoire during her 17 years there includes Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Strauss and Wagner, having sung over 50 major roles in German opera houses, including Hannover, Mannheim, Duesseldorf and Berlin. Her concert work has been extensive as well, including concert tours in France and Spain, and performances in Finland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Luxemburg, and Russia. Since its inception, Ms. FitzPatrick has been a vocal advisor for the Nuremberg State Theater’s Opera Studio for Young Singers, giving both master classes and private voice lessons to the participants. She was selected by the City of Osnabrück as “Citizen of the Year” and was named by the professional magazine OpernWelt as one of its “Singer of the Year” candidates.

Baritone Robert Barefield, Associate Professor of Voice at the Hartt School, University of Hartford, has performed as soloist with organizations throughout the United States and in Europe, including the New Orleans Opera, the Mississippi Symphony, the Arizona Opera, the Dorian Opera Theatre, the Central City Opera, the Ohio Light Opera and Operafestival di Roma in Italy. Operatic roles have included Don Giovanni, Danilo in The Merry Widow, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Sid in Albert Herring, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Gianni Schicchi and John Proctor in Robert Ward's The Crucible. As an oratorio soloist, Barefield's performances have included Carmina Burana, the Fauré RequiemThe Sea Symphony and Dona Nobis Pacem of Vaughan Williams and Handel's Messiah. An accomplished recitalist, Robert Barefield's wide-ranging repertoire has encompassed works such as Schubert's Winterreise and Die Schöne Müllerin, Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel and premiere performances of works by contemporary composers such as Simon Sargon, Lowell Liebermann, Robert Maggio and David Conte. His European recital performances have included venues in Austria, Germany and Spain. In 2008, Barefield performed the role of Bishop Zumarraga in the world premiere of James DeMars' opera, Guadalupe - Our Lady of the Roses. These performances were recorded and released on CD by Canyon Records. Two Plus One, Barefield's CD of art song duets (with soprano Carole FitzPatrick and pianist Eckart Sellheim) was recently released by Cavalli Records of Bamberg, Germany. He has made presentations at national conferences of leading music organizations and his articles on voice-related topics have appeared in The Journal of Singing, The American Music Teacher, and The Music Educator's Journal. Barefield received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was a Corbett Opera Scholar. He recently joined the voice faculty at the Hartt School in Connecticut after having served on music faculties at Arizona State University, West Chester University and others. His current and former voice students are active as performers and educators throughout the country.

Russell Ryan is Professor of Practice in Keyboard and Collaborative Piano at Arizona State University. After completion of his piano studies under Paul Hersh at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he participated in master classes at the Juilliard School in New York , and subsequently moved to Austria, where he studied piano chamber music under Georg Ebert at Vienna’s University for Music and Performing Arts, graduating with honors.

In 1985, Ryan became a member of staff of the vocal department at Vienna’s University for Music and Performing Arts, where, as of 1991, he worked as assistant in the lied-class of Edith Mathis. For several years he was also accompanist of the Wiener Singverein and frequently gave master classes for lied, opera and musical theatre at international festivals, such as the Jugendfestival Bayreuth, the Wiener Meisterkurse, Gino Bechi Festival in Florence, the Oslo Music Academy, and the Austrian Cultural Forum. In 2008, he received a professorship of practice for collaborative piano at Arizona State University and is guest instructor at the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in Vienna, where he is in charge of the Vocal Performance Class. He also is a guest artist at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and Middlebury Summer program.

Ryan performs regularly as a soloist and collaborative artist throughout China, Europe, Israel, Japan and the U. S. He appeared in many radio and television broadcasts, recorded several CDs and successfully concertized in the Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Festwochen, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Grieg Festivals in Oslo and Bergen, the Lincoln and Kennedy Center Series, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival in Germany, to mention only but a few venues. In addition, he performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, accompanying Hugo Wolf’s major song-cycles on several evenings.

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