The Peggy M. Rockefeller Concerts
The Rockefeller University
Caspary Auditorium

Wednesday, 22 January 1997 at 8:00 P.M.

Harolyn Blackwell, Soprano

Craig Rutenberg, Pianist

Carlos Gomes
Quem sabe
Io ti vidi

Richard Strauss
Ich wollt' ein Sträusslein binden

Giuseppi Verdi

Caro nome from Rigoletto
Sergei Rachmaninoff


Ricky Ian Gordon
(b. 1956)
Just a Rainy Day
Sailor Boy
This Little Light of Mine (arr. J. Work)
L'il Girl (Traditional)
Where You There? (arr. Roland Hayes)
Oh, What a Beautiful City (arr. Edward Boatner)

Johann Strauss

Mein Herr Marquis from Die Fledermaus

Harolyn Blackwell, Soprano

Described as "a model of agility, spunk, charm, and silvery tone," soprano Harolyn Blackwell has established herself as one of the brightest stars on stage in the U.S. and abroad. Recognized for her expressive and exuberant performances, as well as for her radiant voice, she is making a wide and varied career in opera, concert, and recitals. She received enthusiastic acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera two seasons ago, when she stepped in at the last minute for the entire run of La fille du régiment.

This spring, she will perform the role of Cunegonde in the upcoming Broadway revival of Candide, under the direction of Hal Prince.

Following study at Catholic University in her native Washington, D.C., Miss Blackwell's performing career commenced on the Broadway stage where she appeared in Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. The transition from musical theater to opera occurred when she was selected as a finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Since then, she has performed with many of the major national and international opera companies and at festivals throughout the world including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Opéra de Nice, Miami Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Aix-en Provence Festival, Opera Orchestra of New York, and New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, among others. In the 1995-96 season, Miss Blackwell took part in the 25th Anniversary Salute to the Kennedy Center and the July 4th Concert with the National Symphony, both televised on PBS, as well as making a guest appearance on "I Hear America Singing," a tribute to the American song, to be televised in January 1997.

Early in her career, Miss Blackwell won several honors and awards, one of which afforded her the opportunity to study and work with two of the greatest artists of our era--Renata Tebaldi and Carlo Bergonzi. She won Baltimore Opera's Puccini Foundation Award, was a winner of the WGN-Illinois Opera Guild "Audition of the Air," was awarded two Career Grants from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, and the Alumna of the Year Award from Catholic University. Most recently, Siena College bestowed upon her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Craig Rutenberg, Pianist

Craig Rutenberg is a renowned pianist and accompanist. Formerly the Head of Music Staff at the Metropolitan Opera, he has also acted as répétiteur for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, and the San Francisco Opera. Mr. Rutenberg has performed in recital with Erie Mills, Harolyn Blackwell, Sumi Jo, Janice Taylor, Suzanne Mentzer, Stanford Olsen, Gary Lakes, Thomas Hampson, and Olaf Bär. He has recorded with Stanford Olsen for the Musical Heritage Society and also with Thomas Hampson on EMI Records (released in the winter of 1995).

Mr. Rutenberg is currently on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He has given master classes at Wolftrap, the Chautauqua Institute, the Houston Opera Studio, and L'Ecole de la Bastille in Paris. He studied with Pierre Bernac and Geoffrey Parsons.

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