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Featuring mezzo-soprano Sofia Selowsky and pianist Bradley Moore of Houston Grand Opera
Francis Poulenc: Calligrammes (Guillaume Apollinaire)
Dominick Argento: Casa Guidi (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
Hector Berlioz: Selections from La mort de Cléopatre, H. 36
Joseph Horowitz: Lady Macbeth
Manuel de Falla: Siete Canciones populares Españolas
MEET THE ARTISTS
Praised by Opera News as a “silvery-luminescent mezzo-soprano of power and poise,” SOFIA SELOWSKY is quickly establishing herself as an exciting young artist on both the operatic and concert stage. In the 2017/18 season, Selowsky makes several significant debuts, joining the Houston Ballet for its production Mayerling, the Lexington Philharmonic for performances of Dominick Argento’s Casa Guidi, and the North Carolina Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem. She also returns to Houston Grand Opera to make her role debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia alongside Eric Owens, David Portillo, and Lucas Meachem.
In her 2016/17 season, Selowsky returned to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to perform the role of Frau Grubach in the American Premiere of Philip Glass’ The Trial under the baton of Carolyn Kuan. Equally at home on the concert stage, she joined Ars Lyrica for performances of Handel’s Jephtha and performed De Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas at The Menil Collection under the auspices of Da Camera of Houston. She made her debut with The Minnesota Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah, debuted with Sarasota Orchestra in performances of Mozart’s Requiem with music director Anu Tali, and returned to the Houston Symphony Orchestra as the mezzo soloist in De Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat.
In prior seasons, Selowsky has appeared in Schumann’s The Pilgrimage of the Rose with the Houston Symphony and Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, William Bolcom’s A Wedding, Despina in Così fan tutte under the baton of Jane Glover, Mère Jeanne in Dialogues of the Carmelites (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis), Lazuli in Chabrier’s L’étoile, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 with the Dayton Philharmonic.
A graduate of the famed Houston Grand Opera Studio, Selowsky was heard in a wide variety of roles during her time as a Studio Artist, including Suzuki in Madama Butterfly opposite Ana Maria Martinez, the Fox in Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince, the Second Wood Nymph in Rusalka, Nell Gwynn in the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s new opera, Prince of Players, and Eliza in the premiere of David Hanlon’s After the Storm.
Selowsky was a 2016 grant recipient from the Gerda Lissner Foundation and a 2015 recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshanna Foundation. In 2014, she was a National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and won Third Place in the Houston Grand Opera’s prestigious Eleanor McCollum Competition. Other honors include the Italo Tajo Memorial Award (CCM Opera Scholarship Competition), an Emerging Talent Award from the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition, the Emile Dieterle Scholarship (CCM), and an Artist Development Fellowship from Harvard University.
BRADLEY MOORE is Head of Music Staff at the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) and Music Director of the HGO Studio. In the coming season he will become the company’s Associate Music Director, and will conduct the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The House Without a Christmas Tree and performances of La traviata. In recent seasons at HGO he has conducted the world premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s Some Light Emerges and a revival of The Little Prince, as well as performances of L’Elisir d’amore, Tosca, and The Magic Flute, in addition to leading the initial musical workshops of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players and Jake Heggie’s It’s A Wonderful Life. He has conducted The Crucible at the Miami Music Festival, where he returns this summer for The Cunning Little Vixen and Dead Man Walking. He has also conducted Madama Butterfly at the Castleton Festival and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Colorado. He has been an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Festival, Opéra National de Paris, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Los Angeles Opera. In 2014 he made his Met debut as the onstage pianist in Wozzeck.
Widely acclaimed as a recital partner, Moore has appeared with Susan Graham in venues including the Casals Festival and the Gilmore Festival. In recent seasons he and Jamie Barton were heard in recital at Oper Frankfurt, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall (including the world premiere of Mr. Heggie’s The Work at Hand), at the Kennedy Center, and several other venues; he also appeared with Ms. Barton and Angela Meade in recital at the U.S. Supreme Court. He has collaborated with Renée Fleming and Susan Graham at Carnegie Hall and on several national tours, and he enjoys partnerships with Ms. Meade, Christine Goerke, Alice Coote, Eric Cutler, Eric Owens, Denyce Graves, and clarinetist Julian Bliss. He has performed live on A Prairie Home Companion with Ms. Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, and with Joshua Bell on CBS Sunday Morning News and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. His discography includes a recital with Mr. Cutler on the EMI Classics Debut Series, a recital with Mr. Bliss for Signum Classics, and a recital of songs by American composer Daron Hagen for Arsis Audio.
Moore has been piano soloist with orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic. He performed the Martinu Harpsichord Concerto with the San Francisco Ballet for the world premiere of Mark Morris’ Beaux, and has also been heard as a recitative accompanist and continuo player with the Met Orchestra, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Met Chamber Ensemble.