Bass-Baritone Nathan Stark is currently covering in Billy Budd at the Metropolitan Opera.
What a thrilling, and terrifying, experience to get a call from the Metropolitan Opera saying, “you’re on today, Mr. Stark – the artist you’re covering is sick and unable to rehearse this evening. Please be here in 30 minutes to begin staging Act 1, scene 1. We’ll also need you to sing through the musical run-through of act 2 this evening.”THANK GOD I was prepared musically, off-book and memorized. I barely had time to take a 5 minute shower, warm up my voice (while in the shower) and jump on the A train to Lincoln Center before I was standing between opera superstars like Nathan Gunn, James Morris and Dwayne Croft singing through Billy Budd – an opera I’d never done before. Everybody from the artists to stage director, the coaches to the conductor congratulated me afterward for being so well prepared in stepping in. They were all so very kind to me and it’s a moment I’ll never forget.
David had an international, professional opera career for 17 years singing at such venues as The Met (opposite Renée Fleming), NYCO, Washington National Opera, LA Opera, Santa Fe Opera, ENO (London, UK), Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich, Germany), and the Salle Pleyel (Paris, France). For more information about David, visit his website at http://www.davidwalkercountertenor.com/.
He’s in his 2nd year of the MA/MBA Arts Administration degree program at CCM, and he hopes to become a General Director of an opera company.
David recently recorded a new CD with Australian mezzo-soprano Fiona Campbell in Sydney, Australia. The CD, Baroque Duets is available on iTunes & Amazon.com. To check out recent reviews for the CD, and learn more about Vexations Recording Company, click on this link – Vexations/CD Reviews.
Capriccio performance dates:
Monday, March 28th
Friday, April 1st
Thursday, April 7th
Monday, April 11th
Friday, April 15th
Tuesday, April 19th
Saturday, April 23rd 1:00pm – Live HD movie theater broadcast
Wednesday, May 11th 6:30pm – Encore HD movie theater broadcast
Toi, toi, toi Mr. Goldstein!
CCM Opera Alumnus Michael Hendrick (M.M. ’91 & A.D. ’93) will be covering 3 major lead roles at the Metropolitan Opera in the coming months.
Chairman Mao in John Adams’ Nixon in China
The Drum Major in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck
Bacchus in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.
Michael made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 when he went on as Menelas in Strauss’ “Die Ägyptische Helena” for the opening night performance.
Michael is also performing the title role in Teatro Colón production of Lohengrin this Fall in Buenos Aires.
Bravo Mr. Hendrick, keep the good news coming.
For more information about Michael please visit his website at http://www.michaelhendrick.com