German pianist MICHAEL SCHÜTZE will be joined by soprano ARIEL PISTURINO and tenor GERALD SEMINATORE for the program “From Berlin to Broadway,” with vocal selections by Franz Lehár, Richard Strauss, Kurt Weill, Hugo Wolf, and others.
Weds. Oct. 17, 2018
Talk with Prof. Schütze “From the DDR to Los Angeles–An Improbable Journey”
7:30 – 8:45 (approx.)
“From Berlin to Broadway” Concert program
University of Southern California
Max Kade Institute for Austrian-Swiss-German Studies
2714 S. Hoover St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free; no tickets required
German pianist MICHAEL SCHÜTZE serves as Professor for Vocal Collaboration and role preparation at the Karl Maria von Weber Conservatory in Dresden. He is often engaged for international vocal competitions such as the Robert Schumann Competition and “La Voce” for Bavarian Radio. As a prize-winning solo pianist, Michael learned much about collaborating with singers during master classes with the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and with his professors at the Dresden Conservatory. Today, Michael is regularly invited to serve as an accompanist for master courses and concerts by acclaimed singers such as Olaf Bär, Andreas Scholl, Peter Bruns, Andreas Schmidt, and Henriette Göde. Michael has played concerts with singers from the Dresden Semperoper and other theaters, toured to several European capitals, and made a number of commercial recordings. He also works as a pianist and organist with regional choirs such as the Dresden Chamber Choir.
In the United States, Michael was a Boston Symphony Orchestra Tanglewood Fellow for two seasons. He has been invited for artist residencies and recitals at several schools in the USA, including Brigham Young University, the University of Delaware, the University of New Mexico, and the California State University.
The Los Angeles Times hailed American soprano ARIEL PISTURINO as “an impressive young discovery” following her debut performance as Nancy T’ang in Long Beach Opera’s production of Nixon in China. An advocate of contemporary works and collaborations with composers, Ariel performed the role of the Lover in The Industry’s nationally acclaimed production of HOPSCOTCH, and created the role of Laurie in Mark Abel’s opera Home is a Harbor, released on Delos Records. She also collaborated with Abel on his song cycle Five Rilke Songs for the album Terrain of the Heart, also on Delos. Recently, Ariel created the role of Rosina Brandram in a newly written Gilbert and Sullivan review Hail Poetry with Opera a la Carte. She also premiered a new song cycle, Dewdrops, by Alex Miller. Ariel co-curates the unSung! concert seriesin Los Angeles.
American tenor GERALD SEMINATORE began his professional musical career with ensembles including the Handel and Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival, and Emmanuel Music. After completing his formal training at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, he went on to operatic engagements with the Chautauqua, Dayton, Glimmerglass, Santa Fe, and West Bay opera companies. Gerald made his European debut at England’s Aldeburgh Festival, and went on to become a member of the solo ensemble at the Dortmund Opera in Germany. He was also a frequent guest artist at the Frankfurt am Main Opera, the Rheinland Pfalz Theater, and the Bremen Opera. Concert performances have included appearances with orchestras and chamber groups in both the USA and Europe. His performances have been critically praised in publications such as The London Times, Opera News, and San Francisco Classical Voice. With pianist Michael Schütze, Gerald has appeared in recitals in Dresden, Paris, and other European venues.