The Ars Lyrica 2012-13 season's third show will be A Viennese New Year.
The magical charms of New Year’s Eve in Vienna, brought to life with festive music by the legendary composers of the Viennese royal court. Ring in the New Year with two rising stars of the opera stage—sopranoLauren Snouffer and countertenor John Holiday—in arias and duets by Mozart and Gluck.
Hear enchanting instrumental works by Schmeltzer, Fux, and Johann Strauss, the “Waltz King.”
Our holiday gala and silent auction follow in the Sarofim Hall Grand Lobby.
This season, Lauren Snouffer (Soprano) sings Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Lucia in Britten’sThe Rape of Lucretia, and Thibault in Verdi’s Don Carlos with Houston Grand Opera. With The Glimmerglass Festival, her roles have included Ruth Baldwin in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening and Minnie in Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun. She has portrayed Florestine in John Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles, Lucia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and the Dewfairy in Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel as a New Horizons Fellowship recipient of the Aspen Music Festival. Other roles include the Princess (#1) in Conrad Susa’sTransformations at the Juilliard Opera Theater. Snouffer is featured as a soloist on the Grammy®-nominated recording Threshold of Night with premiere choral ensemble Conspirare in collaboration with composer Tarik O’Regan, as well as a recent recording of Christopher Berg’s Four Nabokov Songs in collaboration with the composer/pianist.
Recent performances include the roles of Phénice and La Gloire in Lully’s Armide with Mercury Baroque in Houston and Paris and Clorinda in Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda led by Monica Huggett with JuilliArd415. Most recently, Snouffer was featured as the soloist with new music ensemble AXIOM in a performance of György Kurtág’s Messages of the Late R.V. Troussova under the baton of Jeffrey Milarsky, as well as the Israelitish Woman in Händel’s Judas Maccabaeus with Steven Fox and the Clarion Choir.
For the 2011-2012 season, John Holiday (Countertenor) made his company debut with Portland Opera in Phillip Glass’s Galileo Galilei. He was soloist in Händel’s Messiah with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and performed with the Chorus of Westerly (Rhode Island) in their concert of Purcell’s Come, Ye Sons of Art. He was also seen in a benefit concert at Dallas Opera having recently been the first place winner of the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. Next season, Mr. Holiday continues his studies at the prestigious Juilliard School in their Artist Diploma program and will also debut as soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano in both Atlanta and Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as covering the role of Nireno in Giulio Cesare in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production.
Mr. Holiday is a graduate of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in voice performance and will complete his Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music in the spring of 2012. He is the recipient of numerous awards including: the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Guild Competition, First Prize from the Sullivan Foundation (2012), first place winner in his district of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and first place winner of the TEXOMA region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
“vocal instrument that threatens to equal the name artists in his range”
— Herald Times