May 23: As with Rosy Steps – Spectacular Vocal Music by George Frideric Handel

Heather Gallagher and Sophie Michaux, Mezzo-sopranos

Yukiko Oba, Piano

2:00 pm Link HERE

Handel sure knew how to write music that would knock your socks off! This mezzo duo will share some of his most ornamented, passionate and moving works. After bringing the arias into dramatic context and sharing what they think makes this music so unique, they will carry you away to the spectacular musical world Handel created, joined by the amazing Yukiko Oba at the piano. This 50min program will include favorites such as: “As with Rosy Steps”, from Theodora, “Scenes of Horror”, from Jephtha, “Where shall I fly”, from Hercules, andhis Cantata La Lucrezia. 

Bios:

Praised for her “warm, colorful mezzo” by Opera News, Sophie Michaux has become one of Boston’s most versatile and compelling vocalists. Born in London and raised in the French alps, Sophie’s unique background informs her artistic identity, making her feel at home in an eclectic span of repertoire ranging from grand opera to French cabaret songs. A consummate singing actor, Sophie is known for her committed portrayals of a wide variety of roles: Ceres (Les Fontaines de Versailles), Rinaldo (Rinaldo), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), Mrs. Soames (Our Town), Higuchi (Troubled Water). She is a core member of the Lorelei Ensemble, Boston’s groundbreaking women’s ensemble, in which she has been featured soloist in numerous works from Renaissance polyphony to Björk. She has sung under the direction of Andris Nelsons, Leonardo García Alarcón, Gabriel Garrido, Lidiya Yankovskaya, Beth Willer, Scott Metcalfe, Gil Rose, Michael Sakir, among others. More info at: www.sophiemichaux.com

Heather Gallagher, mezzo-soprano Ms. Gallagher’s work has been hailed for its “vivid, theatrical intensity” as well as its “perfection”(Boston Globe).Recent engagements include Haroun and the Sea of Stories (BMOP, Gil Rose, conductor), the world premiere of TheNefarious… Mr. Burke and Mr. Hare (Margaret, Boston Lyric Opera), Calixto Bieito's Carmen (Mercedes; Carmencover, BLO) and Patience (Lady Saphir, Odyssey Opera), Trouble in Tahiti (Dinah, Metrowest Opera), Sumeida's Song(Asakir, BOC) and the title role in Carmen with Metrowest Opera. Last year, Ms. Gallagher created CulturalWasteland, an eclectic company that focuses on small chamber works and collaboration betweenmultidisciplinary artists. Under the Cultural Wasteland banner she has produced a chamber version ofDas Lied von der Erde, The Birthday Show Part 2: A Cabaret, Tom Lehrer for President!, Britten + Auden, “CrazyB#tch!”: Classical Music’s Difficult Women and Boston Song: New Music From Boston Based Composers. For moreinformation on what Ms. Gallagher and Cultural Wasteland are up to, visit www.LiveInHg.com

Yukiko Oba has performed extensively as an accompanist for recitals, choruses, master classes, and composers’ projects. Ms. Oba is a graduate of Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. She began playing piano at the age of six in her native Japan. She has been a member of the accompanying staff at Boston Conservatory at Berklee since 1996 and has performed with many acclaimed Boston area singers. As a professional accompanist, she has participated in the MIT concert choir since the fall of 2016 aside conductor Dr. William Cutter, worked with the Worcester Schubertiad, and has been working with the Metropolitan Opera Guild for several years. Most recently, she performed Nico Muhly’s pieces for countertenor with the Beth Morrison Project at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Ms. Oba resides in Weymouth, MA with her daughter and husband whom she frequently plays piano for four hand pieces. In her leisure, she enjoys running, particularly marathons.

Please support these fine musicians

Venmo: @Sophie-Michaux (last 4 numbers of phone number: 5266)

PayPal: www.paypal.me/SophieMichaux

For checks and other information, please contact Sophie Michaux at: sophie.p.michaux@gmail.com

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