The Liberty Presents
DEBORAH MAYER, Soprano
with CARY LEWIS, Pianist
"A powerfully rich, dramatic soprano"
May 4th, 7pm $20-40 $10 today Reserved
Deborah Mayer's interpretation of the demanding soprano roles of Wagner, Verdi, and Mozart have received critical acclaim in several of the world's leading opera houses. This season she sings the title role in Aida, and Madame Lidoine in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites with the Eugene Opera, as well as Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder at the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon.
Ms. Mayer recently made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Gerhilde in Die Walküre in Robert LePage’s new landmark production of The Ring Cycle conducted by Fabio Luisi. This performance marked her Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast debut. She also recently debuted with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Lothar Koenigs, and featuring Byrn Terfel as Wotan, in Act III of Die Walküre in the role of Gerhilde at the Tanglewood Music Festival. With the Toledo Symphony, Ms. Mayer sang the role of Brünnhilde in Siegfried and "Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene" from Götterdämmerung.
Also an accomplished recitalist, Ms. Mayer was invited by the Richard Wagner Society of Bayreuth to present a recital in Bayreuth. Germany. She holds the distinction of being the first American awarded a stipendium by this prestigious organization. Ms. Mayer also sang Richard Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder in recital for the Richard Wagner Society of Chicago. As a recipient of the American Wagner Association prize in the Liederkranz Competition in 2010, she performed in recital at Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall) . She received her Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University where she studied with world renowned soprano Virginia Zeani, and her husband, the legendary basso Nicola Rossi-Lemeni.
Pianist Cary Lewis, Director of Chamber Music at the Astoria Music Festival, is in frequent demand as a collaborative pianist for soloists and chamber music groups. He joined William Preucil (concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra) and his wife, cellist Dorothy Lewis, to form the Lanier Trio, whose recording of the complete Dvorak Trios was honored by TIME Magazine as one of the Ten Best Recordings in 1993. With degrees from the University of North Texas as well as a doctorate and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, he was a Fulbright scholar for two years in Vienna. His teachers included Eugene List, Brooks Smith, and Dieter Weber.
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The Liberty Theatre is proud to present our second year of classical performances and school workshops. In addition to world class performers, our first season presented seven workshops within Astoria and Warrenton High Schools which reached 100+ students. Thanks to foundations and donors like you, we are planning to reach six area schools during our 2018/2019 season. Bravo!
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